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Koh Rong is the Cambodian Island paradise you’ve never heard of

Koh Rong is the underrated island gem that’s got it all. Rock formations, waterfalls, seafood spots and after dark hangs - as well as some of the prettiest beaches you’ll ever clap eyes on. The only thing it hasn’t got is roads…

Not long ago, the Cambodian Island of Koh Rong was little more than a few simple huts nestled among idyllic sandy beaches. In many ways, it hasn’t grown massively – tourists have only been allowed to settle on this lush paradise for the past 5 years, making its rustic charm one of its best qualities. With little internet, few to zero vehicles and a hell of a lot of incredible wildlife, Koh Rong is a far cry from the bustling party island vibes of Koh Phangan or any other Asian islands. 

Koh Rong is the ideal island to form the serene backdrop to your digital detox. Also, no roads means no need for shoes, so you might wanna pack a foot mask…

Despite its simplistic atmosphere, Koh Rong’s beaches will totally blow your socks off. With 43 kilometres of coastline, think white sands, shimmering turquoise blue waters and fascinating tropical wildlife. If you’re a fan of sunsets, you won’t be disappointed when the breathtaking surrounding vistas become basked in a warm yellow glow as day turns to night. The cream of Koh Rong’s beachy crops is Long Beach, which you can only get to by hiking through the island, or by a traditional long-tail boat. 

The island may be a step back to a time where roads and internet just weren’t a thing, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be catching your own fish and living primarily off the land. Koh Rong is home to a host of mouthwatering restaurants, serving up everything from fresh seafood to Vietnamese Bahn Mi. Head to the right beach after hours, and you’ll see just how Koh Rong gets it popping on the nightlife scene. Does it get any better than tearing up the sandy dance floor with a pina colada in hand, as the sun sets around you? We think not…

Not one for lounging around and taking in the stunning island panoramas? Koh Rong, as uber-chill as it is, is inundated with activities for thrill seekers and nature-nuts alike. Snorkelling and diving are among the islands most popular activities, and it’s not hard to see why. In an island still relatively undisrupted by human activity, ocean life thrives on its shores. Did you know that a ‘goatfish’ exists? You will after an epic half day snorkelling sesh…

If you’re more of a land dweller than a waterbaby, opt for a visit to the jungle zoo, where you’ll be captivated by an oasis of native plants, vibrant butterflies and adorable lizards. Ziplining through the wildlife and strolling on the suspension bridges are also great ways to get up close and personal with the islands flora and fauna. 

A place where a free beer comes with every meal. Like I said… Koh right ?

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No matter what you’re into, there’s one experience that you’ll never forget, and that’s discovering Koh Rong’s bioluminescent plankton – a natural feat that the island is famous for. Stay near the beaches as the sun goes down and see the shores come to life with a blue otherworldly glow.

So, what are you waiting for? Koh Rong isn’t going to explore itself…

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