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Submitted on Oct 18, 2019 Useful Info

Best way to get to Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia

  • Koh Rong Sanloem (sometimes spelt as Samloem) is a small island off the coast of Cambodia, 23km west of and technically located in the city of Sihanoukville
  • Koh Ron Sanloem is sometimes simply called Sanloem. Don't confuse it with Koh Rong, which is the larger, more touristy neighbouring island located immediately to the north of Koh Rong Sanloem
  • Koh Rong Sanloem does not have an airport. The only way to get to it is to get into Sihanoukville and then take a ferry to it
  • Here's a map to put everything input perspective:User submitted photo of Koh Rong Sanloem


Step-by-step guide on how to get to Koh Rong Sanloem

  • Step 1) Get to Sihanoukville: the only way to get to Koh Rong Sanloem is via Sihanoukville
  • From Phnom Penh: you can travel by bus or train for $7-$12 USD per person each way. Read more details here
  • From Siem Reap: best way to get to Sihanoukville from Siem Reap is by flight. It costs $40-$60USD per person each way, with JC Airlines, Cambodia Airways, and Angkor Air being the carriers operating on this route. JC Airlines has the best rating of these three airlines
  • From other countries: Sihanoukville's airport is an international one so the best way to get to Sihanoukville from other countries is by flight. Check on Skyscanner or Expedia to find the best options


  • Step 2) Take a ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem
  • After you get to Sihanoukville, you will need to get on a boat to Koh Rong Sanloem. When I was there earlier this year, I saw 4 main ferry companies:
  1. Speed Ferry Cambodia: https://www.speedferrycambodia.com, Tripadvisor review (rated 2.5/5)
  2. Buva Sea Cambodia: https://www.buvasea.com, Tripadvisor review (rated 2.5/5)
  3. Island Speed Ferry: https://www.islandspeedferry.com, Tripadvisor review (rated 3.5/5)
  4. GTVC Speed Boat: http://gtvcspeedboatcambodia.com, BookMeBus review (rated 3/5)
  • All ferries companies depart from the Serendipity Pier, which is located here in downtown Sihanoukville. If you're coming from the airport, it's best to take a tuk tuk or taxi to the pier for $10-$20USD and takes about 1 hour (read more details); if you're coming from elsewhere like train station or bus station, you will also need to take a tuk tuk or taxi for $5-$10USD and takes up to 30 minutes depending on traffic condition (read more details)
  • Travel time on ferry: 30-45 minutes
  • Arrival pier on Koh Rong Sanloem: the port of arrival for most ferries is Saracen Bay at the eastern shore of Sanloem (Saracen Bay has two docks: Orchid Pier located here and Sanloem Jetty located here). Additional ports of arrival on the island include M'Pay Bay (located here at the north shore of Sanloem). Check with the ferry companies on which port a specific departure goes to
  • Boat schedule and prices:
  • Speed Ferry Cambodia:
  • Outbound schedule (Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem): 9:00am, 11:30am,1:30pm, 3:00pm
  • Return schedule (Koh Rong Sanloem to Sihanoukville): 10:00am, 12:30pm, 4:00pm
  • Fare: $11USD per person one way and $21USD per person for round trip
  • Departs from Serendipity Pier and arrives in Saracen Bay Orchid Pier and M'Pay Bay
  • Buva Sea Cambodia:
  • Outbound schedule (Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem): 8:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm
  • Return schedule (Koh Rong Sanloem to Sihanoukville): 7:00am, 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm
  • Fare: $12USD per person one way and $22USD per person for round trip
  • Departs from Serendipity Pier and arrives in Saracen Bay Orchid Pier
  • Island Speed Ferry:
  • Outbound schedule (Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem): 9:00am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm
  • Return schedule (Koh Rong Sanloem to Sihanoukville): 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm
  • Fare: $12USD per person one way and $22USD per person for round trip
  • Departs from Serendipity Pier and arrives in Sanloem Jetty on Sanloem
  • GTVC Speed Boat:
  • Outbound schedule (Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Sanloem): 8:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:00pm
  • Return schedule (Koh Rong Sanloem to Sihanoukville): 8:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
  • Price: $12USD per person one way and $22USD per person for round trip
  • Departs from Serendipity Pier and arrives in Saracen Bay Orchid Pier and M'Pay Bay
  • Where and how to book the ferry tickets: the best way to book the ferry ticket is to do so through the ferry companies' websites directly. They all accept credit card booking. Additionally you can also try BookMeBus, which is a big transportation booking website in Southeast Asia. Finally, you can book in person at the Sihanoukville office of these ferry companies, which are all located not too far from the Serendipity Pier. Check the websites for the location of their offices