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Ko Ru Resort

Great basic bungalows

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Five resorts now!
We decided to try Bamboo Island on a whim in a last-minute attempt to relax before returning home. I...

By jill21

What we say: 3.5 stars

Situated on what is by far the nicer of the two beaches on Bamboo Island, Ko Ru is a laid back, Western-managed resort. You'll forgive the guests at Ko Ru for not noticing that half the island's been bulldozed — they've been busy napping in the hammocks out front of the red, blue and green bungalows. Or occasionally slouching towards the restaurant, a massive octagonal lounging area with conical roof on the beach, where they congregate on pillows, drinking beers and listening to Blur. All bungalows have shared toilets, and showers are a public affair using well-water buckets. The stilted bungalows are clean and basic, with conical thatched roofs and electricity from 17:30 to midnight. They've been built as unobtrusively as possible, and are well-shaded. Each has two beds with thin mattresses lacking in top sheets (bring a sleep sack) but with mosquito nets and a private balcony with two hammocks, we're not complaining. The dormitory has eight sturdy bunk beds and at $3 a night, is good value for money. The shared bathrooms leave much to be desired but at least they, like all of the bungalows, are located right on the beautiful yellow-sand beach. As the generator is run only for several hours after sunset, Ru does not have much available by way of diversions during the day. Still, the sound of surf is enough for most travellers and is part of the attraction here. Bring a good book, settle into your hammock, and be prepared to doze in and out of wave-induced sleep for the better part of your days. Ko Ru's menu is mainly British/Western, with a few nice Asian dishes, minus a number of the more perishable items. Book at Ocean Walk Inn in Sihanoukville.

    Contact details:

    Koh Russei.  T: (012) 388 860 

    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dorm Fan 3 USD 3 USD
    Bungalow fan share b'room 12 USD 15 USD

    Added to Travelfish on: 24th January, 2006
    Last visited or updated on: 16th March, 2011

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    Five resorts now!
    By jill21, 13 April 2008
    2.0  stars

    Ko Ru Resort - Just relax
    By Iridius, 01 January 2008
    5.0  stars

    Bamboo Island and Coaster's
    By Roel, 01 October 2007
    1.0  stars

    By takiev, 09 October 2006
    5.0  stars

    Onward travel