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What to Do in Koh Rong

All Koh Rong Attractions A to Z

The question of what to do in Koh Rong is almost always answered with the words: “beach day!” The tiny island of Koh Rong and its even smaller neighbour Koh Rong Sanloem are most famous for their absolutely beautiful beaches. About 43 km of a total coastline of 61 km on the main island has pristine white sands meeting turquoise waters. While the tropical island paradise is very charming for the fact that it is largely undeveloped, there are some attractions to see and enjoy.

The following are the all of the points of interest on both of the islands off the Cambodian coast, near Sihanoukville. These include both manmade attractions and natural assets. Some of these might be the whole reason you decide to visit Koh Rong while others make excellent diversions if you happen to need a break from the beach.

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Abandoned Army Base on Koh Rong Sanloem

This old military outpost is right at the southern end of Buck Beach, in the southwest corner of Koh Rong Sanloem. There is nothing especially remarkable about the handful of old buildings there, and the cannon by the beach is hidden under a thick protective covering.

Be warned, though, that the camp is home to some rather aggressive and territorial stray dogs. Naturally, exploring either of these sites should be done with great care and at your own risk. A covered pair of shoes is advisable too, rather than a cheap pair of flip flops.

  • Location: Buck Beach, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
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Koh Rong Sanloem Lighthouse

This long-abandoned lighthouse, right at the southern end of Koh Rong Sanloem, is an urban explorer’s dream come true. A relic of the time when Cambodia was a French protectorate, it is very easily reached by a clear path and fairly easily accessed since there are no barriers around it, though you might have to give the guy living there a dollar.

The view from the top of the tower is pretty cool, but there are obviously risks in exploring abandoned buildings do so at your own risk!

  • Location: Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
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M’Pai Bay (Village 23)

M’Pai Bay also known as “Village 23” in English is a tiny traditional fishing village right at the northern end of Koh Rong Sanloem, with a population of only around 300. They’re a very friendly and welcoming bunch, often seen playing cards or volleyball or just taking a stroll around town.

There are a couple of guesthouses and a restaurant or 2 there but, if you just want to visit, the town has a community pier and there are walking trails leading there, though they are quite long.

  • Location: North coast, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
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Nestour 1876

A rock by the estuary of a small stream at the western end of Saracen Bay carries a simple and old inscription: Nestour 1876. As this dates from the period during which Cambodia was a French protectorate and since the text is clearly in Roman characters, the general assumption is that it is a graffito of a French visitor to this beautiful spot.

Whoever it was must have had quite a lot of time on their hands because the simple fact that the engraving has endured for over 100 years proves just how tough this rock is. A funny little connection with the island’s history, the rock also marks the start of some interesting, beautiful and relatively easy hiking trails.

  • Location: Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
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Saracen Bay Waterfall

There are loads of waterfalls around both Koh Rong, but this is one of the easiest to reach and enjoy. Located right at the northern end of Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Sanloem, it’s a great place to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool water.

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  • Location: Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia
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