Photo: River exploration out of Koh Kong.


Koh Kong (in town)

There is a surprising number of guesthouses and hotels in Koh Kong. Below is a selection of the better options, if these are all full, there are at least a dozen more off the main road, although you'll have a better chance communicating in Thai or Khmer than English.

99 Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
#135, Street 6, Koh Kong
T: (035) 660 0999, (035) 936 799

If your budget is a little bit tighter than the $15 rates at Asian and Koh Kong City hotels, then 99 Guesthouse is by a mile the best value in town. In fact, it’s great value even if your budget goes beyond other venues. It’s a fairly standard Cambodian guesthouse, with smallish rooms — room to walk from bed to bathroom and back again — that have tv, air-con, hot water and comfortable... Read our full review of 99 Guesthouse.

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Asian Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Koh Kong
T: (035) 936 667

This is the in-town hotel of choice for flashpackers, aid workers, Cambodian businesspeople and families alike. The Asian Hotel has immaculate, simply decorated rooms with all the mod cons Koh Kong has to offer, each with good, comfortable beds, cable tv, fridge, safe and spotless hot water bathrooms with bathtubs. It's one of the best offerings in town. Sadly, they’ve lost their open water... Read our full review of Asian Hotel.

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Koh Kong City Hotel
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Street 1, Koh Kong
T: (035) 936 777, (012) 901 902

Koh Kong City Hotel is a typical Khmer-style upscale hotel, cut from the same cloth as the Asian across the road. It does, however, have open views on to the river, which puts it up a notch. It’s spotlessly clean, and the comfortable air-con rooms also have bathtubs, as well as the usual amenities. They also have blackout curtains so that you can properly enjoy your mornings. It has a newer... Read our full review of Koh Kong City Hotel.

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Kolab Koh Kong Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Riverside, Koh Kong
T: (097) 320 2333, (086) 867 562

Overlooking the riverside road, food stalls and a kids play area, Kolab Koh Kong Guesthouse offers Koh Kong's best rooms in the $8 to $12 range. While not a particularly inspiring place, but the paint is fresh and the sheets are clean. Every room has a television with cable, a refrigerator and comes with a couple of bottles of water. Although they ask that you turn in your key when you leave the... Read our full review of Kolab Koh Kong Guesthouse.

Sunny Guest House
Backpacker - Under US$10
Chicken Farm Road, Koh Kong
T: (035) 500 5777, (061) 666 669

Sunny Guest House kind of evokes a motel-style feel, with a collection of simple, but clean and nicely decorated rooms arranged around a courtyard/parking area at the front and a pool at the back. Just 200 metres east of the Street 3/Street 7 junction, family-run Sunny has mid-size rooms that offer air-con, tv, and hot water showers. The rooms are actually kind of cute. There is no restaurant as... Read our full review of Sunny Guest House.

Backpacker - Under US$10
Street 8, half a block from the riverside, Koh Kong
T: (035) 393 927

Heading inland from the river road, Otto's sits on a well shaded area with a bunch of functional though basic wooden rooms in a rambling set-up. It’s a little like stepping onto an old ship’s deck, and just as creaky. The two large and well-decked-out balcony areas are a big asset here and a great escape from the heat -- not bad for taking a snooze either. The rooms themselves are nothing to... Read our full review of Otto's.

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Paddy's Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under US$10
Chicken Farm Road, Koh Kong
T: (015) 533 223

Something of a hippy hangout, Paddy’s Bamboo Guesthouse is a popular choice with backpackers looking for a good place to meet other travellers or catch up on a game of pool. Rooms are clean but not particularly nice -- they seem to have some water damage and the bathrooms are a bit grotty. The wooden upstairs rooms look like they might be the better option, despite the fact that you have to... Read our full review of Paddy's Guesthouse.

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Koh Kong (outside town)

Outside town are a selection of more interesting places to stay that get you right back to nature, from budget through to sheer luxury. These are our faves.

Oasis Bungalow Resort
Flashpacker - US$10 to 35
Smach Mean Chey, Koh Kong
T: (092) 228 342

Truly an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Koh Kong city, yet just a short hop and a skip away, Oasis Resort’s main draw is its secluded location and gorgeous swimming pool. Only a step from the city, with a view on the jungle. The owner has a strict no-sex workers rule, and the place is certainly the most family-friendly in town. The five bungalows are reasonably spacious, and... Read our full review of Oasis Bungalow Resort .

Rainbow Lodge
Toprange - US$75 to 150
Tatai Commune, Koh Kong
T: (012) 160 2585

With just seven grass-roofed chalets tucked into the forests along the Tatai River, Rainbow Lodge offers a gentle immersion into the natural world of the Cardamom Mountains and a genuine retreat from whatever stresses you might be hoping to escape. The jungle is only feet away from the wine list. The only way to get here is by boat, and cruising gently along the palm-lined river, your physical... Read our full review of Rainbow Lodge.

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4 Rivers Floating Lodge
Luxury - over $150
Tatai River, Koh Kong
T: (023) 217 374

One of the first eco-resorts in Cambodia, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge created quite a few waves when it first launched in 2008, and gives lie to the idea that ecotourism needs to be uncomfortable — by quite a long mile. With 12 canvas tents arranged on a floating marina overlooking a small river island, and surrounded on all sides by water and hills, it’s possibly one of the most unusual and... Read our full review of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.

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The Neptune River Bungalows
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Tatai River, Koh Kong
T: (088) 777 0576

Just four unique bungalows, crafted from wood, bamboo and grasses, are set in abundant tropical gardens richly planted with fruit trees and tropical flowers. The conditions are simple, the toilets are outside each building and electricity can be sporadic as it’s entirely generated by solar power, but they are beautifully constructed. Thomas, the owner, has been in Koh Kong for a long time and... Read our full review of The Neptune River Bungalows.

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Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort
Midrange - US$35 to 75
Paklong Commune, Koh Kong
T: (088) 676 7708

With gorgeous views on to the river and an air of seclusion created by the island offshore and narrow bay, Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort has a small selection of air-con cabin-style rooms that are small, elegantly decorated, and comfortable. We think that this place would be a lot more attractive if the rooms were $10 cheaper, and we suspect they’d be constantly full at that price too, but if... Read our full review of Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Koh Kong? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Cambodia.

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