Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

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Koh Rong to Sihanoukville Schedule

Koh Rong to Sihanoukville Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Buva Sea Cambodia Speedboat 09:30 - 10:00$ 14.70
Island Speed Ferry Cambodia Ferry 10:00 - 10:30$ 16
Speed Ferry Cambodia Speedboat 12:30 - 13:15$ 15.40
Buva Sea Cambodia Speedboat 15:30 - 16:15$ 14.70
Speed Ferry Cambodia Speedboat 16:00 - 16:45$ 15.40

How to get from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong is an island 25km off the coast of Cambodia, it is still quite undeveloped yet has some of the top ranking beaches in South East Asia. The perimeter of the island is all beaches that go by different names. The main beach is Koh Touch, but you can go to visit any of them, some are more convenient to get to than others. As there are no through roads on the island, people get around with boats. Getting from the island to Sihanoukville is easy once you have arrived, since it is usually the same process with the same return ticket but in reverse.

From Koh Rong to Sihanoukville by slow boat

Similarly to Sihanoukville–Koh Rong journey you can choose between speedboats and slow boats.

Slow boats depart from the main beaches and the peripheral villages as they are mostly used by locals or to transport goods. These boats take roughly 2-3 hours and are USD5 each way – their price is actually the one and only factor which can make you opt for a slow local boat. They are a cheaper choice, true, if you have the time and probably won’t be as crowded as the speedboat, but you’d better know how to swim because they often break down and usually don’t have enough life jackets to go around.

On the mainland, they will drop you at Sihanoukville Port which is about 10 minutes outside of town.

To get a ticket for a slow boat from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville you have to go to the pier that they depart from or ask your guesthouse.

Note Travel agents usually do not supply tickets for slow boats as they are less popular and run at different times depending on the season (and are cheap, yes).

Usually slow boats make one trip a day, starting in Sihanoukville in the early morning around 8am and returning from the island in the afternoon around 3pm. They might not run every day to the more remote beaches, but if you tell your guesthouse in advance they will book it for you to ensure they come.

From Koh Rong to Sihanoukville by speedboat

The speedboats are much more reliable as they depart 3-4 times a day by each boat company from the main beach of Koh Touch on Koh Rong.

Note There are two piers side by side that have desks for each company, and if you have an open return ticket you will have to go to one of these to reserve your time in advance since some time slots fill up during high season.

The speedboats take from 45 mins to 1 hour to reach Sihanoukville Serendipity Pier, which is right in Sihanoukville town. The speedboat prices are regulated by the government so they are all the same price of USD20 from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong and back.

This price is for a return ticket. The majority of tour agencies in Sihanoukville sell return tickets but in fact you can buy a one-way ticket, too, so check carefully what kind of ticket you buy.

Though in some cases return tickets are slightly cheaper than two one-way tickets, we prefer buying ours one-way – we know quite well that nasty habit of some tickets to disappear from your purse/bag God-knows-when&how.

Anyway, if you have a return ticket, keep it well and reserve the time you want to return when you get off the boat. It is a good idea to reserve your return trip when you arrive because you might not stay near the pier and it saves you from coming back to write your name on the list. You do have to take the same company as you came on and they all have different time schedules so ask in advance and hang on to your ticket.

Here are the timetables for the companies running speedboats from Koh Touch on Koh Rong to Serendipity Pier in Sihanoukville. Times can change and are only for your reference.

Speed Ferry Cambodia – 10.00am, 2.30pm, 4.00pm
Buva Sea Boat – 7am, 8.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 2pm, 3pm, and 5pm
Island Ferry – 10.45am, 1.45pm, 4.45pm
GTVC – 8.45am, 11.45am, 2.45pm, 4.45pm

From different beaches on Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

If you stay further away from Koh Touch Village, you can take a boat to the mainland directly from your beach – no need to head to the main beach.

Sok San Beach
Sok San beach is also called Long Beach or 7-mile Beach as it is a 7-mile stretch of fine white sand, located on the opposite side of Koh Rong as the main Koh Touch beach. This is a remote yet stunning place on the island and was the location of the 31st season of the Survivor Show.

You can easily hire a boat for USD5 to take you back to Koh Touch at any time and get the return speedboat from there. However you can go directly back to Sihanoukville from Sok San, too. Here is the list of departures from the Long Beach:

Buva Sea – 1.30pm
Island Speed Ferry Cambodia – 9.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm. This boat stops at Koh Touch first on the way to Sok San and at Koh Rong Samloem on the way back to Sihanoukville so it will take 30 minutes longer.
Sok San Fast Cat is operated by Sok San Beach Resort and costs USD40. Normally it is only for their guests. If you stay their, you should ask to book a seat for you in advance. The boat leaves at 11am from Sok San beach.
Village slow boat takes about 3 hours and leaves from Sok San directly to Sihanoukville at 8.30am every other day for USD7. Note that it can be cancelled due to weather conditions.

Daem Thkov
Buva Sea leaves from Coconut beach for Sihanoukville at 7am, 9.15am, 12.15pm, and 3.15pm, taking about an hour and costs USD20 return
Village slow boat leaves at 8am and takes 3 hours to Sihanoukville for USD5 each way

Prek Svey
Village slow boat departs at 3pm taking 3 hours and costs USD5 each way

Lonely Beach, Nature Beach, Vietnamese Beach
Buva Sea has four departures a day at 7am, 9.15am, 12.15pm, and 3.15pm to Sihanoukville for USD20 return taking about an hour
Angkor Speed Ferry sails to Sihanoukville three imes a day at 10.40am. 1.40pm, and 4.40pm for USD20 and takes about an hour.

From Koh Rong to Koh Rong Samloem

If you decide to go to Koh Rong Samloem, a smaller island beside Koh Rong, which is even less developed and even more beautiful, your open ended ticket will get you from there back to Sihanoukville since it is the same boat companies that run the route. They usually go from Sihanoukville to Koh Touch on Koh Rong proceeding further to Koh Rong Samloem and then back to Sihanoukville.

You just have to book a boat from island to island, which is easy to book on the beach or from your guesthouse for only USD5 a ticket on the day of travel.

Transportation from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

Koh Rong to Sihanoukville Destination Reviews

I was not expecting more so it was ok
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Apr 21, 2022
On time and extremely fast and enjoyable ride.
Ferry High Speed Ferry, GTVC Speedboat Cambodia (GTVC Speedboat Cambodia), Feb 28, 2020
Not much to write review about. Boat came 30 minutes late. Proffesional driver took us back to Sihanoukville, pretty wavy
Ferry High Speed Ferry, GTVC Speedboat Cambodia (GTVC Speedboat Cambodia), Feb 14, 2020
There was no official seats for everyone
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jan 8, 2020
Puntual and smooth
Ferry High Speed Ferry, GTVC Speedboat Cambodia (GTVC Speedboat Cambodia), Dec 4, 2019
The boat was 30 mins late and we had a bus to catch at the destination port. But they reached in time , we didn't miss our bus though. The speed at which we were travelling was too high and there were no life jackets in the boat.
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 25, 2019
Boat was 26 minutes late on schedule at 12:00 - 12:15 expected. I had a minivan bus in Sihanoukville at 14:00 p.m. sharp to Phnom Penh. I was quite angry getting on board, but could do nothing to expedite so besides throwing my backpack from the pier into the boat I just got in and kept my mouth out of respect to the other passengers and as to not "create an unnecessary scene". The boat crew looked puzzled, one of them asking me "What is (the) problem?" but I chose to ignore him because I did not wished to create any further delay. I was counting that the boat would take 45-50 minutes to get to shore but apparently managed this in under 40 minutes to another pier closer to the industrial / commercial port side. I was lucky to get to the bus station (CAT Mekong Express) by tuk-tuk 22 minutes prior to departure. Their company policy for customers is to arrive 30 mins in advance. Too late = ticket is void, so I was in fact rather stressed and uncomfortable due to the lateness of the captain of the boat.
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Sep 16, 2019
So disorganized and dropped us off so far from port...
Ferry High Speed Ferry, GTVC Speedboat Cambodia (GTVC Speedboat Cambodia), May 21, 2019
The only thing this company does is getting you from A to B. Do not buy the ticket online as we got to enter the boat last, meaning sitting in the splash zone or standing the whole way. One of our luggages was quite wet as there was no room in the compartment. When we were going to the island first time we took Buva, there were multiple people completely soaked head to toe as the driver had no mercy or regard to slow down at least a bit from boats top speed. Needless to say bouncing around on the wavy sea was included, luckily no-one puked.
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jan 25, 2019
The seat we booked was not available, also more people were coming, no seats at all for some of them.
Ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jan 12, 2019
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