Move over Thailand and Vietnam, the islands of Cambodia are here to shine! Get a break, chill by the water, catch some sun and have some cocktails at one of the Cambodian islands! There is no shortage of islands with postcard-like beaches in the kingdom. It is complicated to choose which one to visit if you have only short time… so which one should you pick? Here you can find some tips on where to go depending on your tastes…
Typical island living
Koh Rong is probably the most well-known island in the backpacker circles for its vibrant parties like a smaller sister of Koh-Phangan, Thailand. You can party a lot if that’s what you are looking for and meet plenty of other young travelers. But if parties are not your thing, you can still find other quieter places and secluded beaches on this Cambodian island.On the quietest beaches, you even have the chance of seeing the fluorescent plankton by night. Certainly an experience not to be missed.
Check our article on Koh Rong for more info on the island.
Jump right in! (Feet first, of course.)
Koh Rong Samloem
For a smaller and less noisy island, you can find Koh Rong Samloem just near Koh Rong. More untouched and wild! It is the perfect weekend getaway for people coming from Phnom Penh. The waters are more blue and crystal clear, the sands are whiter, and even the coconuts taste better. Have a look at our articles here and here for more info.
Check out CamboTicket’s website to find ferry schedules and prices.
Paradise, here I come! (in Koh Rong Samloem)
For an even less developed and more natural location, we can’t recommend enough the peacefulness of Koh Takiev, an island 45 minutes by fisherman boat off the coast of Otres (near Sihanoukville). There are only four or five guesthouses, one in each beach – the perfect place for some days without civilization: just you, the sand and the sea. The place called “Last Point” is highly recommended, you can even bring your own hammock or tent to camp! Find here more info on this island.
The meaning of solitude… (in Koh Takiev)
Not far away, just out of the Ream National Park a bit south from Otres, with only one resort and few tourists, Koh Thmei is for the ones looking for absolute silence and secluded location. A must if you want to finish that book you are carrying in your backpack for weeks or maybe for a romantic escape…
Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island)
Koh Tonsay is just a half hour ride by boat from Kep. It is so isolated, you will be hard pressed to find good internet service. The sand is more of yellow colour but a must-see is a glowing-in-the-dark plankton that appears at night!
Bonus: Koh Dach (Silk Island)
In case you have a really short time, visit Koh Dach (Silk Island) just outside of Phnom Pen, for a relaxed lifestyle and pleasant countryside. Besides, it’s a great place to learn about silk farming and buy some souvenirs, like the traditional Khmer scarf (the Krama!) for your loved ones back home! Read our article about this island for more info on where to go and what to do.
Hope this post gave you some ideas for your trip to the beautiful Cambodian islands. If it’s white-sandy beach and clear blue water you looking for, these are the places for you! Have a look at Camboticket website for different options on how to go to Sihanoukville, including bus and ferry tickets to some of the islands.
Write us at email@example.com if you find other interesting islands! We will feature you in our Traveler Memoirs section and get a free ticket 😉