Many of the best things to do in Koh Rong take full advantage of the fact that the Cambodian island is virtually undeveloped and completely unspoilt. You can enjoy the many beaches, the beautiful seas and the virgin rainforests of the hilly interior in a number of exciting ways, ensuring that you have no reason to ever get bored of this stunning destination.
The list of things to do in Koh Rong also extends into some more unusual activities which are becoming increasingly popular, including giving something back by engaging in responsible tourism. These kinds of activities help to make sure that the residents of Koh Rong enjoy your stay just as much as you do and they can also be extremely fulfilling unique experiences.
- Private Angkor Wat & Royal Temples Excursion
- Afternoon Tour of Angkor Wat
- Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Half-Day Tour
- Phnom Penh Full-Day Guided Trip
- Private Excursion to Ancient Temples, Takéo Silk Village & Mount Chisor
- Small-Group Mekong Sunset Tour
- Sunrise Angkor Temple Photo Excursion
- Flight of the Gibbon Zipline Tour at Angkor Park
- Tonlé Sap Lake Tour with Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Angkor Temples Private Small-Group Tour
People come to Koh Rong mainly for relaxing in a tropical beach setting. There are no fewer than 23 beaches on the main island alone, with several more on Koh Rong Sanloem and the other nearby islands.
The fact that the islands are all largely undeveloped means that the beaches are mostly unspoilt, with soft white sand, clear blue seas and shade provided by nearby trees.
The more popular ones, like Koh Tui Beach, Long Beach and Saracen Bay, have just enough facilities to provide drinks and food to improve your relaxation without spoiling it by making it too noisy or busy. Read More...
There are some excellent dive sites around Koh Rong and particularly around Koh Rong Sanloem, with a number of reputable dive shops available on both islands.
With very clear and calm water, the conditions are excellent for beginners and those taking their first PADI training courses. The more popular Koh Rong dive sites feature a wide array of colourful fish and corals, including sea turtles, stingrays, parrot fish and nudibranchs.
If you don’t fancy diving, but still want to explore the underwater world of Koh Rong, you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of fantastic places to go snorkelling. There are snorkelling boat trips available from the main tourist hubs of Koh Tui and Saracen Bay, or you can make your own way to top places with your own gear to explore the pristine marine ecosystems at your own leisure.
The best sites are found at Lonely Beach on Koh Rong and Sunset Beach on Koh Rong Samloem, though there are also great spots by Lazy Beach and near Dolphin Resort on Saracen Bay. As with diving, you'll be able to see some fantastic coral reefs and beautiful tropical fish.
Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Being underwater isn’t for everyone, but those who still want to take advantage of the stunning seas around Koh Rong can try exploring the area from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
Available for rent by the day or the hour (about US$12 or US$5 respectively) or as part of an organised tour, you can get around with a bit of independence and see some really cool and beautiful sights, including remote waterfalls and islands.
Boat tours are great for if you want to explore the islands but don’t want to do the paddling yourself. They're available from the main tourist hubs on Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem and can take you around the best of the sights which are inaccessible from land and a very long way by kayak. You can also arrange a trip with a local fisherman and try your hand at fishing.
Trekking is arguably more of a necessity than it is a leisure activity on Koh Rong as the island has no roads or public transport, other than boats. If you want to get from Koh Tui Village to Long Beach, it’s either an expensive boat trip or a walk through the jungle. The same goes for the long and narrow Koh Rong Sanloem, where clear and regularly used footpath link the main points of interest around the island. Be sure to take comfortable footwear and plenty of water with you and you will be rewarded with sights of undisturbed nature and virgin rainforests. Some resorts offer guided treks for around US$5 for two hours.
Mountain biking is a slightly faster alternative to trekking. The clear paths between beaches and attractions on Koh Rong and particularly on Koh Rong Sanloem make it a good place for cycling adventures.
Mountain bikes can be hired from many resorts and offer the best combination of speed, convenience and affordability of any of the ways to get around the islands – plus it’s good for your health and lets you explore the beautiful interiors of these unspoilt isles.
Volunteering programmes are a great way to give something back to the beautiful island destination of Koh Rong during your stay. There are short- and long-term volunteering options available, from helping out with beach clean-ups to doing some manual work around the local villages to teaching conversational English. These can be arranged through Friends of Koh Rong.
Inn the Village in Daem Thkov fishing village is often looking for volunteers to help run their guesthouse, restaurant and bar, but ask for a minimum commitment of two months, in return for free accommodation, meals, drinks, Khmer lessons and discount scuba diving.