Medical and emergency services

It’s probably in your best interest to not get sick on Koh Rong Sanloem.

At the current time medical care is very, very limited on Koh Rong Sanloem. In M’phey Bei there’s a nurse and a dive instructor with first-aid training who can help with cuts and scrapes and minor issues. On Saracen Bay and Sunset Beach there are also dive instructors with first-aid training who may be able to help, a bit.

As we mention in the ‘Before you go’section, we recommend bringing a small first-aid kit and basic medical supplies with you so you won’t need to scrounge around the island looking for a Band-Aid.

Sihanoukville medical care

If you need emergency care while on the island, you’ll need to head back to Sihanoukville.

At the time of writing the M’phey Bei community is fundraising to build a medical center in the village. While the center will primarily serve locals, it will offer care to visitors in exchange for a reasonable donation. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

For real emergencies, the Song Saa Foundation can help transport those in need to the mainland. To find out what to do once you’re there, check out our guide to medical care in Sihanoukville.

Emergency evacuation

Even if you manage to get to Sihanoukville, the medical care available there still leaves a lot to be desired. If you get into a serious accident while on Koh Rong Sanloem you may need, at a minimum, to travel to Phnom Penh or even Bangkok. Emergency evacuations can cost upwards of $20,000 if you’re not insured, so it’s important to have travel insurance when you’re visiting Cambodia, or health insurance if you live here.

Looking for more? View the full Koh Rong Sanloem guide for tips on where to stay, how to get there, and things to see and do.

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