This group of islands in the Gulf of Thailand is found off the coast of Cambodia, reached via a ferry or a speedboat from Sihanoukville (the journey takes around 45 minutes to two hours, depending on your vessel and the specific island you’re headed to). Koh Rong is the largest and most developed in the archipelago, known for its lively atmosphere, beach parties, beachfront bungalows and hostels. Koh Rong Samloem is a quieter and more pristine alternative, for travellers seeking a more tranquil island experience. While the islands have seen increased development to cater to tourists, they still maintain a relatively rustic charm.
The Royal Sands Koh Rong
An all-villa resort, the accommodation here comes thatched, often with multiple bedrooms and huge private pools. A further pool is found ocean-side, filled with saltwater and with a lake-like appearance (black lining keeps the water warm). The Senses Spa incorporates a steam room, jacuzzi and indoor spa pool, with treatment rooms and an outdoor sala. Play football and volleyball on Sok San Beach, take part in yoga sessions and dine in the wooden pavilion by candlelight, as you gaze out to sea. A direct boat service runs to the hotel and there’s a resort car on hand for island exploration.
Song Saa Private Island
This Cambodian island resort offers accommodation in the form of thatched jungle or overwater villas, with romantic muslin-slung four-poster beds and rustic wooden decks. It’s the perfect honeymoon destination; secluded and private, with isolated white beaches and coral reefs. Staff can arrange extras such as a monk’s blessing, a flower bath, an in-villa barbecue, couples’ massages and sunset cruises. Take a seat on an oversized bean bag at the seafront Vista Bar and Restaurant; eat on the beach at Driftwood Bar; or dine just the two of you in a hidden pocket of the resort.