Koh Rong Island in Cambodia every year is becoming increasingly popular among travelers and tourists. This island attracts lovers of a relaxing holiday with its wide sandy beaches, coconut palms, tropical jungles, magnificent sunsets and silence. The island is located in the Gulf of Thailand, so most travelers are wondering how to get to Koh Rong from Sihanoukville, the main sea resort of Cambodia. Below on the page provides information on how to quickly and cheaply get from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong and the cost of transport.
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Distance between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong
Koh Rong Island is located approximately 20 km in a straight line from the coastline of Sihanoukville. At the same time, Koh Rong cannot be called a small island: its length from north to south is about 15 kilometers, and its area is 78 square kilometers. This makes Rong the second largest island in Cambodia. As a result, even at a distance of more than 20 km, Rong Island is in direct visibility from some Sihanoukville beaches and represents a hilly piece of land on the horizon. Since the port of Sihanoukville is not located at the closest point of the coast to the island of Rong, and boats and ferries arrivals on various beaches of the island, the sea distance between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong is 30 to 35 kilometers (18 to 22 miles).
How to get from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong quickly
Currently, speed boats of several companies depart from Sihanoukville to Rong Island daily. Since January 2017, the rules came into force according to which the pricing of maritime transport is regulated by the government of the country and sets uniform prices for all companies. At the same time, the fixed price of a high-speed boat from the port of Sihanoukville to the island of Rong is 20 USD. However, in reality, you can still find offers that have a much lower price than the official one, which is good news for travelers who want to save.
One such boat company is Buva Sea Cambodia. In addition to the low price, the advantage of this marine operator in Cambodia is the opportunity to see the boat schedule online and purchase tickets in advance on the date you need. Also a big plus is the fact that high-speed boats of the company Buva Sea Cambodia can take you not only to the main pier of Rong Island, but also to two other popular beaches of Koh Rong. This option is more profitable in price than renting an additional boat on the island. After all, there are no highways between the various beaches on the island and boats — the only local transport there.
The pier in Sihanoukville, from which high-speed boats depart for Koh Rong, is located in the southern part of the city, at the northern tip of Serendipity beach. This is the central beach of the resort with a large number of hotels and cheap guest houses. On the map above, you can see the place of boarding a boat on Serendipity beach. The first ferry pier on the island of Rong, where you can leave the boat company Buva Sea Cambodia, this Koh Toch Port – the main pier of the island almost at the southern tip of Koh Rong. Approximate journey time is about 50 minutes. The cost of a trip on a high-speed boat is 13.3 USD.
Almost the same time is required in order to get from Sihanoukville to the 2 others beaches of Koh Rong: Coconut beach and Long Set Beach. The cost of a trip by boat to the beach of Long Set is the same 13.3 USD. But the sea trip from Sihanoukville to Coconut Beach in the southwestern part of Koh Rong will cost more – 16.9 USD. The schedule of high-speed boats to all three beaches is identical. The first boat leaves from Sihanoukville at 08:00 am. There are also boats to Rong Island at 11:00, 14:00 and 17:00.
The company’s return boats (from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville) depart only from the pier of Koh Toch at 07:00, 09:00 and 15:00. Depending on the season in the schedule there may be changes. If you are traveling with luggage, large suitcases can be placed in a separate luggage compartment. If your final goal is not the nearest beach on Koh Rong, we advise you to make sure that it was not unloaded by mistake during the first stop.
How to get to Koh Rong from Sihanoukville cheap
In addition to high-speed boats, large cargo-passenger ferries (ships) depart from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong island. The cost of such ferries is about two times lower, but the travel time increases several times and can reach 2.5 hours. Such a trip duration is determined by the dimensions of the vessel, its workload and stops on other islands, where loading and unloading operations can also be performed. Under objective circumstances, the comfort of cargo-passenger boats is much lower than the speed of any marine operator.
How to get from Sihanoukville Airport to Koh Rong
Getting to Koh Rong Island from Sihanoukville Airport is also easy. And if you are traveling not one, but a couple or in a company of 3-4 people, then it is inexpensive. The easiest and proven way is to use a special car transfer from the international company KiwiTaxi. The trip from the airport to the city, which is located 20 km from the airport, will cost about 20-25 USD for the entire car. And if you want to get directly to the ferry pier and quickly go to Koh Rong Island after arriving at the resort, you can use the ready-made transfer from Sihanoukville Airport – Sihanoukville Port. Such a trip will cost from 30 USD depending on the class of the car.
Thus, if you are tired of the noisy beaches of Sihanoukville or you initially want to get to Koh Rong island, you already know that it is easy and inexpensive to overcome the distance between the resort town and the island. Enjoy your vacation and comfortable safe trips!