Our guide to what to do on Koh Rong got to be so long that we’ve had to split it up into sections. Enjoy!
Want to explore remote beaches, visit local villages and nearby islands, snorkel over coral reefs, and fish with the locals while getting the best value for your money? Koh Rong has boat trip options to cater for everyone, from budget travelers to adventure seekers.
Local Boat Trips
If you’re looking for an authentic local experience on a budget, the local boat trips cost only $10. While your boat captain may not speak English very well (or at all), life-jackets aren’t guaranteed and your experience may vary, these basic boat trips on longtail fishing boats (pictured above) offer a good budget option and run fairly well most of the time. Speak to your guest-house for advice on the most reputable companies to go with.
Schedule: Daily, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Activities: Snorkeling around Koh Toch Island, Fishing, BBQ, Sunset at Long Beach, Plankton Swim
What’s included: Fresh fruit snacks, BBQ on the boat, one beer, whiskey mixers, small bottles of fresh drinking water
Other things to know: Please bring sunscreen, towel, and a dry change of clothing. Additional beers available for purchase.
Ankounamatata Boat Trip
Enjoy snorkeling and want a taste of Koh Rong Sanloem, without the commitment of spending a night there? Ankounamatata has a Western English-speaking tour guide and a clean, freshly-painted white longtail boat leaving Koh Toch Village daily. As local waters have been over-fished and hold little satisfaction for the optimistic fisherman, Ankounamatata is the only company excluding fishing from their boat trip and helping to preserve native wildlife.
Schedule: Daily, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Activities: Snorkeling around Koh Toch and Koh Koun nature conservation island, two-course lunch at M’Pai Bay restaurant, exploring local village at M’Pai Bay on Koh Rong Samloem, optional beach games at Suns of Beaches or Coconut Beach, bonfire and sunset at Nature Beach, nighttime plankton swim
What’s included: Fresh fruit, lunch, two beers, (nearly) unlimited whiskey and mixers, fresh drinking water, cocktail at sunset
Other things to know: Please bring sunscreen, flip-flops, towel, and something to cover up in M’Pai village. Free seasickness tablets available if required. Must be taken 1 hour prior to departure. A small amount of money is recommended if you wish to have a cheap massage on Coconut Beach, or buy local snacks at M’Pai Bay, or additional beers. No refunds if cancelled after 10 a.m. on the day of the trip.
Adventure Adam Boat Trip
Want to really see and experience Koh Rong Island? Adventure Adam runs three boat trips a week, with every trip a unique adventure. If conditions permit, you may get to go around the whole island. Each trip includes exploring a local village and spending time on remote beaches that the other boat trips do not usually visit and may also include unique experiences such as visiting other islands, waterfalls, and jungle areas.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Activities: Snorkeling, guidance and information, explore less-touristed locations, fishing, BBQ, explore Koh Rong beaches, beach games, visit local village on Koh Rong, sunset, plankton swim
Fresh fruit and snacks in morning and afternoon, free bottled water, two beers, four bottles whiskey and mixers, BBQ lunch
Other things to know: Please bring sunscreen, flip-flops, and towel. Guys will need a t-shirt and women need something to cover up shoulders and knees in the local Cambodian villages. Customers should have breakfast before meeting at 9 a.m.
Sandbank Boat Trip
New to the scene, Sandbank on Longset (4K) Beach is running 3 boat trips a week on alternate days to Adventure Adam, with each trip exploring different parts of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem, conditions permitting. The trip starts in front of the Sandbank Restaurant in the middle of Longset Beach, with pick up at other places on Longset or Koh Toch Main Village possible on demand. They publish on Facebook if they can’t go for any reason, and offer a full refund if they must cancel.
Schedule: Three days a week, each to a different location. All tours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays go around Koh Rong, Fridays go to eastern Koh Rong, and Sundays go around Koh Rong Sanloem.
Activities: Visit a local village, visit other beaches, fishing, snorkeling, BBQ sunset, nighttime plankton swim
What’s included: Fresh fruit, BBQ, 3 beers or soft drinks
Other things to know: Please bring sunscreen, flip-flops, and a towel. Guys will need a t-shirt and women need something to cover up shoulders and knees in the local Cambodian villages.
Islander Boat Trip
If local longtail boats aren’t for you, then look no further than ‘The Islander’. Equipped with a bar, kitchen, DJ, washroom and even a slide, this triple-decker party boat has a capacity of 150 people and offers a more comfortable boat trip option.
Schedule: Daily, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Activities: Snorkeling around Koh Toch, fishing available, sunset at Long Beach (Sok San Beach), nighttime plankton swim
What’s included: Unlimited fresh water, tea, coffee, two alcoholic drinks, fresh fruit snacks, vegetarian meal on the boat and fried fish (if you catch them!)
Other things to know:
Please bring sunscreen, towel, and a dry change of clothing. Additional drinks available for purchase (so bring cash).
Mostly these boat trips are not so great…
Which of them have you been on?