Travel Report: How To Get To Nature Beach, Koh Rong.
December 2015. It was quite the operation for Wonderboy and I to get to Koh Rong’s isolated Nature Beach. Sometimes, in order to reach those special places, you’ve gotta go that extra mile. We’d already travelled cross-country from Siem Reap to the coastal city of Sihanoukville. Our next step was to take one of the many speedboat services from Serendipity Pier over to Koh Rong.
You should choose your operator carefully, because there are dozens of shysters advertising false journey times. I can recommend Buva Sea Boat, due to the fact that they provide open return tickets for $22. Journey times vary from 30-60 minutes, depending on the day’s scheduled drop off points. On the day of our arrival we disembarked at Koh Rong’s main village, Koh Touch.
Koh Touch is the biggest of Koh Rong’s four villages. This is where all the gap-year kids come to party at night and sleep it off during the day. The main beach strip is home to a frenetic huddle of hostels, guesthouses, bars and cafes. It’s pretty enough in the day, but still the last place Wonderboy and I wanted to set up camp. With two hours to wait for our transfer boat, we made do with some lazing around at Bong’s Bar. Here we ordered a couple of beers and shared a somewhat meh bowl of chicken nachos. Furthermore, Bong’s is also a guesthouse. You can check availability here.
There are some wonderfully discreet beach resorts peppered around Koh Rong. Consequently, it was great fun reading up on them all and choosing. Nature Beach Resort offers a complimentary daily pickup service from the pier at Koh Touch at 11:00 and 17:00. All you have to do is give them 24 hours notice. We took the later pickup and, true to their word, they were right on time.
How To Get To Nature Beach, Koh Kong.
Even better, it was just Wonderboy and I on the boat that afternoon, plus the captain of course. The journey took about thirty minutes to get around to the southwest of the island to Nature Beach’s rickety wooden pier. Along the way we were treated to lovely views of several uninhabited neighboring islands.
I’m not sure if we’d cunningly timed that later service for sunset views, or if it was just a happy coincidence. Either way it was a great memory and the perfect start to our Nature Beach adventure.
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