About - Koh Rong


Koh Rong (Khmer:  កោះរុង , also known as Kaôh Rōng or Koh Rung) is the second largest island of Cambodia. Contrary to widespread Western belief, its name does not translate to "Monkey Island". The Khmer word "rong" or "rung" means "cave".

 

Located in the Koh Kong Province about 25 kilometers off the Sihanoukville's coast in the Gulf of Thailand, the island has an area of approximately 78 km2 and 43 km of sandy beaches. There are four small fishing villages on Koh Rong: 

Koh Touch (Tui), Dam Dkeuw, Prek Svay and Soksan.

 



Island Boys is locacted in Koh Tui Village which is on the South East peninsular of the island. This is where most of the ferries go to as it's the closest inhabited part of the island to Sihanoukville.




Koh Rong is the biggest of the islands off the coast of Sihanukville/Cambodia. It stretches from South-east to North-west, is roughly elongate shaped. The terrain is predominantly hilly with a sizable mountain at the island’s North-West. The hills provide water for countless creeks, estuaries, rivers and waterfalls. The island’s interior is almost completely forested, concealing a number of seasonal waterfalls. There are no less than 23 beaches of varying length and colouration – from white to beige to rose-colored sands - along most of the coastline. Bays, protruding capes and impressive sandstone rock formations contribute to the island’s scenic panorama. The southern coastline - exposed to the weather and open sea, is particularly spectacular, whereas the northern coast, which faces towards the land, is characterized by a sequence of smooth hills, gently sloping towards the numerous beaches, inlets and bays. Several small islets and many reefs provide an abundance of natural environments for a great variety of marine life. 


The center of the island is a flat “belt” of sediments that joins the two hilly massifs of the southeast and northwest. Here is a small savanna - the result of human activities. Although most of the island's surface is still covered in forest, many years of illegal logging have seriously affected the quality and health of the jungle. Huge, old and slow-growing hardwood trees have become rare, the original arboreal variety is vanishing and gradually being replaced by commercial mono cultures, such as coco - and oil palms, in particular along the coast and in the lowlands. However, logging on the island has now been banned to preserve the natural beauty of the island. All wood used to build new structures on the island have to be imported from other parts of the country or other countries altogether.


There is one road on the whole island stretching almost the length of it. It is not used commercially but provides access to the different villages for the locals although recent road clearings do foreshadow the island's future as a major tourist destination, promoted by The Royal Group. The Royal Group also plan to build an airport in the centre of the island and although plans have not made it past the design stage yet there is still a real threat that this might happen one day so we hope you have the chance to visit Koh Rong before the island becomes over-run by transportation and machinery.