Party in paradise
Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Samloem. Booking office: Seredipity Beach Pier T: (034) 666 6106
Smart design, good materials, and a keen eye for a party make this place a popular destination for young travellers and groups of friends.
The cheap sleeps include beautifully made $5 open-air dorms, while the pricier offering comes in range of choices from wooden bungalows with shared bathrooms, to stone huts with thatch roofs and ensuite bathrooms. Everything is attractively done, even where the concepts are very simple, such as the lower-end wooden bungalows. You get a real sense that care has been and is being taken here. The dorms come in two styles. Large, open-air salas with single mattresses, mosquito nets and no direct beach view, or double mattresses arranged on two tiers looking straight out to sea. They even give you your own toilet paper, and toothbrush set, which we’ve never seen in dorm facilities in Cambodia.
The round restaurant serves up buffet breakfasts, a la carte, beach barbecues and wood-fired pizzas, while the separate (round) bar is open until late. When the sun gets too strong, try the shady cushioned tree platform, pool table or a breezy massage. The staff were the weakest point on our last visit, but when they are attentive can arrange snorkel trips to Koh Kun (near M'Pai Bei village) and will happily give advice on walks around the island. The Beach also hosts full moon parties, with the affiliated Party Boat bringing fun seekers from Sihanoukville, returning at 06:00. If you're travelling solo and looking to meet other travellers, this is a good choice as it's easily the liveliest place on an otherwise early-to-bed bay.
Check rates at The Beach - rated 6.8/10 on Agoda.com.
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Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: US$5, high season US$10. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: US$13, high season US$20. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: US$15, high season US$30. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: US$30, high season US$45. Notes:
Room: Beachfront bungalow, low season: US$65, high season US$85. Notes:
Location map for The Beach