A group of islands offering a unspoilt, beach lovers, paradise. Offering excellent value for money and, for those that want it, luxury resorts
Primarily a tourist town, Sihanoukville boasts 5 fine beaches, hotels, restaurants and casinos.
Averaging more than 25°C/77°F all year round means that you will never need a jumper.
Dry season runs from December to early May with the best, and busiest months, being December to February. Temperatures are not too hot and rainfall is low. If you are unlucky and get a shower it is likely to be heavy but short-lived.
Temperatures increase from March until May and can get uncomfortably hot at times.
May to November is the wet season as the number of wet days and the amount of rain increases.
October is generally the wettest month of the year. Again rainfall is rarely set in, with sunny days followed by wet evenings and nights.
Winds do pick up though making the sea increasingly rough and unsuitable for watersports.
There are no direct flights from the UK to Cambodia so you will need to make at least one stop on your way to and from the area.
The local airport is Sihanoukville International Airport which has good connections with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, although prices can be expensive, and some international airports.
Probably the best flight connections are through Singapore, with a number of options or Hong Kong.
Direct flights are also available from Bangkok, Dubai, Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur and South Korea.
Internal overland transport is the most cost effective internally with the added bonus of seeing more of the Cambodian countryside.
Once you get to Sihanoukville you can then make your way to Koh Rong via a boat from either Serendipity Pier or Sihanoukville Port. Make sure you get the right boat or you could end up on the wrong island.
Motorbike taxis – A great way of getting around, if at times a little adventurous (depending on your driver). Ensure you agree a fee in advance and wear a helmet.
Can be used for short trips or even for a day tour. (Sihanoukville only)
Remok (Cambodian tuk-tuk)– More expensive than a motorbike taxi but can be good fun getting around town. Again agree a price in advance. (Sihanoukville only)
Taxi – You may not see them around the streets, or may not even be obvious which cars are taxis.
Arrange a taxi with your hotel though and they are a good way of getting around the area, although at a higher cost than a motorbike taxi. (Sihanoukville only)
Walking – There are no roads on any of the Koh Rong islands so if you want to get around walking is probably the first choice. Don’t head off the beaten track without a guide though as paper or online maps are not available or higher enough quality to get you around.
Unless you are travelling short distances, walking is probably not the best way around Sihanoukville.
Longtail Boats – Probably the best way of getting between different beached and islands of Koh Rong. Negotiate a price with the boat owner and off you go. Generally works out cheaper if there a number of you sharing the boat.
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