Koh Trong

Koh Trong

In a word, lovely

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One of the prettiest places we’ve visited in Cambodia, Koh Trong is worth taking a slow morning or afternoon over for a chance to meander through litter-free, picture-perfect villages, maybe catch a swim off the beach on the west side, and enjoy a slice of peaceful, rural Cambodian life, with no chance of being blown over by a Lexus.

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Arriving on Koh Trong. Photo by: Nicky Sullivan.
Arriving on Koh Trong. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

When you arrive, the top of the walkway off the beach brings you directly to the Community Based Tourism Centre. Here you can hire your bicycles, book your homestay if you wish, and pick up a coconut.

The nine-kilometre trail around the island has been given a narrow concrete path in many places. We’re still idiotic enough to rue this, though imagine the locals must be thrilled, particularly during rainy season. It doesn’t impair the pleasure of the journey though, and you’ll probably be grateful too if you happen to hire one of the $1 bikes.

The floating Vietnamese village off the southwestern corner. Photo by: Nicky Sullivan.
The floating Vietnamese village off the southwestern corner. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

Because it really is beautiful. The scenery is lush, and unspoilt, with a few villages, grazing cows, and smiling kids around the perimeter and fluorescent rice paddies in the centre.

Among other points of interest, there is a temple at the southern tip, a floating Vietnamese village to the southwest and a newer temple and ancient chedi near the centre. None are a top–shelf attraction in their own right, but all thrown together, they form a great package and mix of attractions.

Beach of waves. We asked and were told it’s okay to swim off here. Photo by: Nicky Sullivan.
Beach of waves. We asked and were told it’s okay to swim off here. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

You can watch the sunset from the island’s western banks, but be sure to arrange transport back ahead of time since the last scheduled ferry leaves promptly at 18:30—swimming back is not recommended—especially if you have a bicycle with you.

Along the west side are two small family–run cafes, where you can pick up a coffee or a coconut to keep you going. The first—Koh Trong Cafe—is run by a beautiful family who we found to be incredibly ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

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