This small fishing village island sits at the half way mark between Ko Kong and Sihanoukville. Accommodation is available on the island, and for those interested in experiencing a totally unadulterated stay in a Cambodian fishing village, then this isn't a bad choice.
Located just a twenty minute boat-ride off the Cambodian coast, Ko Sdach is dominated by a sizeable fishing village that stretches along the side of the island that faces the mainland. While fishing is the mainstay of the local economy, the village also has a large ice-making plant, where you can watch it being made and ferried off by boat to the surrounding islands.
On the far side of the island lies the island's main beach, a somewhat rocky affair that sits beside the island's premiere karaoke bar. You can swim here if you wish and the water is crystal clear -- as an added bonus, while you're underwater you can't hear the karaoke.
Ko Sdach is surrounded by a bunch of other islands and the mainland, many of which have spectacular and totally deserted beaches -- all of which can be visited on daytrips by longtail from Ko Sdach.
Bear in mind that nobody at the guesthouse and very few people on the island speak English. If you speak even basic Khmer (or Thai) you'll be fine, but if not, you'll be needing a lot of hand gestures to make yourself understood.
Text and/or map last updated on 8th January, 2012.
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Ko Sdach and Ko Totang
I've been on Ko Sdach which is a little island with a big fish industry, lovely people, a main road with tiny shops, a small market, lovely authentic place. The Guesthouse is conventional but is surrounded by 3 karaoke which play all at the same time and until 5am. The noise didn't bother me so I was happy but it's good to be aware. The main beach is beautiful.
I found out that on a close island called Ko Totang, there is a new guesthouse that just opened by a swiss couple. They have a tent, 4 rooms and 4 bungalows, they made it very very pretty, with good taste, it is not pricy, you can sleep from 2 to 15 dollars. The food is excellent, with homemade bread and yoghurt and cakes, if you go there be sure not to miss the fish burger and the night buffet with around the world cuisine ... They made an ecological place, with only solar panels, no generator, dry toilets they are growing a vegetable garden. I had an amazing time and the snorkelling is absolutely great. I planned to stay only 2 nights but ended 7 days later with almost a tear as these guys really made me feel like home. I'll come back for sure and wish them loads of luck for their little paradise called NOMADS LAND CAMBODIA.
PS : they have also a good and way cheaper alternative to the ferry
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By encoredupoulet (dabbler)
Written on 28th January, 2010 after a visit to Koh Sdach in December, 2009
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