Koh Rong Ferries
To get to the Koh Toch part of Koh Rong, you can take one of several competing ferries. They often have price wars that make the prices ridiculously low, but the downside of this is that schedules and prices can change at random. If you’re headed somewhere other than Koh Toch, such as Sok San Village, ask your guesthouse for details about transport. Koh Rong is a large island and if you go to Koh Toch when you meant to go to another part of the island, you’ll be stuck paying $40 or $50 for a longtail to get you where you want to go, if you manage to get there at all.
Under the name Speed Ferry Cambodia, Koh Rong Dive Center runs speed boats several times a day from the Serendipity Pier in Sihanoukville. The 125-seat cataraman boats take under an hour and an open return ticket costs $15 in low season and $30 in high season, but prices often change whenever there’s more or less competition. You can book tickets on their website or at any hotel or travel agent in Sihanoukville. Boats leave from the Serendipity Pier.
When the fast boats are full, you also have the option of taking a slow boat. The slow boats are mainly used by the locals and for transporting food and other items to the island. The trip takes two to three hours and is entirely unsafe (there are only a handful of life jackets and one of the boats has already sunk a few times), but the return ticket is only $15. You can buy tickets at Koh Rong Dive Center or Monkey Republic, both on Serendipity Beach Road in Sihanoukville. The boats leave from the Sihanoukville port, so meet at Monkey Republic 30 minutes before departure to get a truck to the port.
Slow boat schedule:
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong (Koh Toch): 8:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Koh Rong (Koh Toch) to Sihanoukville: 10:00 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Private boat to Koh Rong
If you miss the ferry but are determined to make it to Koh Rong, you can hire a private boat. All of the local longtail boats (Cambodian fishing boats) are willing to go to Koh Rong. The price varies depending on whether or not you book direct or through a travel agent, but usually ranges between $100 and $150. Boats can seat up to 15 people and the journey takes about two hours. Most of the time, the price includes a same day return, so it’s possible to do a day trip to the island. However, if you’d like to stay longer and want to take the same boat back, the price will increase.
Smaller boats are available that can seat eight people and cost around $80 for a one-way trip, and only marginally more for a same-day return. You can find boats hanging out near the Serendipity Pier and book directly with a fisherman, or go through one of the local travel agents like Best Beach Travel(Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville; T: 015 678 924) or Ana Travel (Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville; T: 034 933 729). Negotiation is possible, but remember that gasoline is pricey!
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