Koh Rong Sanloem or Samloem is still this relatively untouched island, with lush jungle and clear water bays with white sand… a really chilled out, beautiful place, where you lose track of time. Our two-days trip at M’Phai Bay turned into ten, so we had time to check quite a few places. Here are the best places to eat, go for a drink, or stay!
Best Place to Stay on Koh Rong Sanloem.
The Cliff Hostel
The Cliff Hostel is a super chilled out place, at the top of a cliff (obviously). They have a big sundeck, which is definitely the best spot for watching the sunset. A big flight of steps gets you down to the sea, where you can snorkel all you want.
If you wish to stay, they have dormitories, as well as private rooms. It is quiet as away from the village, but it only takes 10 minutes to walk down, so you get the best of both.
If you want to party, The Yellow Moon is the place. You won’t sleep much, and you will drink a lot. They have a great set up, a great atmosphere and are well located, with direct access to the beach.
Check out some of these places below
Best Places to Eat and Drink on Koh Rong Sanloem.
The Best Breakfast on Koh Rong is at The Sea Pony
Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day, and we kept being disappointed. Not enough food, expensive or just not very tasty… until we found The Sea Pony!
This hostel and cafe is hidden in a side alley of the village, and offers an all day breakfast menu, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. They also make their own bread! Everything is a great value for money, and it will probably fill you up for lunch too.
This was the best breakfast we probably had in all Cambodia.
Fresh fish and local dishes at the restaurant of Khuntea and Hadrien: Khuntea Khmer Kitchen
This little restaurant has a very traditional set up: open kitchen and plastic chairs in the sand near a dirt road, where you will get a warm welcome from Khuntea and Hadrien. They offer a small menu, which changes with the fish they get from the market. The ingredients are super fresh, and the recipes are local.
After the second dinner we had there (they had
You won’t find it on Google, so walk all the way up the main street (continuity of the pier) where you will pass establishments such as Two Ducks, then Yule at the very top of the road. Khuntea and Hadrien’s place is next, on the left.
The Hornbill Guesthouse
One morning, we got breakfast at The Hornbill Guesthouse. We got a really warm welcome by the staff, and felt like we were meeting some friends.
There was no menu, but we were offered some pancakes (made on the spot) with a choice of toppings, and some healthy muesli/fruits/yogurt for the gluten-free one. We also had some great coffees to go with that.
It was delicious, fresh, and served in such a chilled out and friendly atmosphere. They’ve got some cool swings and a lot of board games.
The Sultan’s Kitchen
You won’t find it on Google because it only opened quite recently. There are only two tables in the sand with an open kitchen. The green lights and the music create a great atmosphere.
On the menu you’ll find skewers, kebabs, hummus and the like, absolutely delicious. It isn’t cheap, but you will enjoy yourself, and you certainly won’t go hungry after that!
Sorry we’ve got no pictures, we got way to much into our food!
Travel tips on the island
No ATM and only cash accepted!
Before you get to the island, be aware that there is no ATM, and pretty much nobody on the whole island has a credit/debit card terminal, so you better get plenty of cash before arriving.
If you didn’t know and it’s too late, or if you run out of cash while there, we tell you how to get cash on Koh Rong Sanloem, there is always a way!
All saved in one map
Check out the map below where we saved all of the above recommendations. You can save it in your Google maps and use it later on!