Where the action is
Koh Touch, Koh Rong, southeast side. Booking office at Koh Rong Island Travel on Serendipity Beach Rd, Sihanoukville. T: (081) 466 880
The first place you'll see when you step off the pier from the fast boat is Coco's Bungalow Resort, which snuggles up next to Koh Touch village at one end of the beach.
It has an ‘information centre’ – though this seemed to be for the benefit of inviting guests fresh off the boat to stay at their place rather than being manned at any other time, even as the reception area for their own guests. Run in collaboration with Koh Rong Dive Centre, Coco's is the hang-out place to hear tales of diving derring-do and boating mishaps over a beer or three. Barbecues and a full menu are served in the large restaurant and massages are provided from a dedicated hut on the hillside.
The rustic thatch bungalows climb upwards through the jungle setting and are quite tightly packed. Expect to pay a little more for a basic ensuite bathroom and better views up the hill. The Sea View and Garden View Bungalows have private bathrooms and are perfect if you want to stay in the middle of the village and be close to the bars, but sleep up on the jungle hillside in a slightly quieter and more peaceful zone. There are also three deluxe bungalows built with solid wooden walls which hold up better to the elements, with private ensuites and verandas.
Proximity to the village, dive pier and other guesthouses means this is a better choice for those who like to be near the action. Not the place to catch up on sleep, but good for being social.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 7th December, 2014.