Review: Reef on the Beach, Koh Rong

On the white sand of Long Set Beach, Reef on the Beach offers spacious, good-value bungalows where you can enjoy a quiet version of tropical paradise.

Located on the gorgeous stretch of laid-back Long Set Beach, Reef on the Beach is, at time of writing, brand new. With its simple bungalows and facilities, Reef on the Beach boasts its location as its main draw. Long Set Beach is undeveloped and secluded, offering a true tropical paradisequiet and pristinethat can be hard to find elsewhere on the southeastern side of the island. The beachfront bungalow we stayed in had a balcony looking across the white sands that Koh Rong is famous for, facing the island’s beautiful turquoise waters.

Koh Rong Reef on the Beach

Long Set Beach: You can have it (almost) all to yourself.

The bungalows are surrounded by mature cashew trees and are nicer than the ones on Koh Toch by virtue of their size — they’re bigger than the average bungalow and only have one double bed, so they don’t feel like backpacker accommodations. They also have real curtains and a sliding glass door separating the bedroom from the bathroom, small touches that makes a difference. Rooms are fan-cooled and beds are protected by mosquito nets. Rooms have power outlets and 24-hour electricity (which is not a given on Koh Rong).

Reef on the Beach Koh Rong

Nestled amidst cashew trees on a white sand beach, Reef on the Beach is a nice place to kick back.

Our stay at Reef on the Beach was a relaxing change after the madness that is Koh Toch Village! Having a Western manager made a positive difference; Dave was very responsive to requests and a great source of information. The place is owned by the popular Reef Resort in Sihanoukville, so they seem to have a better grasp on hospitality than many of the other places on Koh Rong. We were told that they will be making upgrades to the bungalows to make them a bit more swish, and we have no doubt that any changes will be positive.

Reef on the Beach bungalow Koh Rong

A spacious seafront bungalow at Reef on the Beach.

Reef at the Beach is still relatively new, and at the time of writing they didn’t have a restaurant or an internet connection. By the time you read this, their restaurant should be finished, where they plan to serve steaks, mixed seafood, and Asian classics. In the meantime, there is an excellent and affordable restaurant next door at Long Set Resort that serves Cambodian and Western fare and offers free WiFi. If internet is important to you, purchase a Smart SIM card in Sihanoukville; they have very cheap data packages and you can pick up 4g coverage on Long Set Beach.

Reef on the Beach is a 30- to 40-minute beachside walk from Koh Toch Village, but if you book in advance and let them know when you are arriving, they will pick you up from the Koh Toch ferry at no charge and bring you to their beach by boat. They also own a dive shop on the mainland and offer PADI diving courses and fun dives.

We were quoted the following prices at Reef on the Beach:

  • Ocean view bungalow: Up to $40 in high season, $26 in low season
  • Garden view bungalow: $30 in high season, $19 low season
  • Ocean view family bungalow (two double beds): Up to $80 in high season, $29 in low season

You can book by phone or via Facebook, but prices are often significantly lower on Agoda or, so check before booking directly.

Reef on the Beach

Long Set Beach (they call it 4k Beach), Koh Rong
T: 012 315 338

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