Hi. Going to Cambodia soon, in 3 weeks and trying to organise accomodation in either Koh Rong or bamboo island but e mails from listed places just keep coming back and the phones just ring off the hook. Any NEW ideas on places to stay please? There will be 5 of us in total looking for 3 rooms.
Hi Going to Cambodia soon also. We have absolutely the same question as carnaffan. pls let us know when any useful information regarding the subject. Especially about Koh Rong (Rung)
That would be Koh Rung or Koh Rung Samleom EcoSea Dive in Sihanoukville has bungalows on Koh Rung Samleom and they are right on some of the best snorkling and scuba diving in Cambodia, Like roll out of bed right into the water. The really cool thing is that these are attached loosely to the local fishing village so You will get grateful real fast for what you have.
Bamboo Island stay at koh Roo on the far side
I use to own EcoSea before they put the bungalows up, I have no interest in the dive company anymore.
Thanks for the info: any ideas of prices in Feb on Bamboo Island? Don't want to dive but snorkelling would be great and just hanging out on the beach.
Your best bet would be to contact Ecosea dive or KOH rOo
OK. Back from Koh Rong where apparently there are 5 places to stay scattered around the island. Stayed at a place with 12 or so huts right on the beach, 15 usd per night per room. Can be booked at most places in Sihanoukeville and the ferry takes almost 3 hours costing $25 round trip. A bargain. One place to eat in on the beach, great food and not overly expensive considering location.
Wanted to escape the city/town and get to a quiet island, do some diving and snorkelling and chilax. Got good intro to package from European dive master trainee. I asked who I'd be diving with and was told with local guides. I asked if they are qualified DMs - they were not I was told. I asked if I could always dive with a trainee DM and was assured yes. I gave the reason of having bad experiences in the past with unqualified local guides. Paid for 2 nights and 4 dives for myself and girlfriend.
I wish i had read the negative reviews on TripAdvisor first because the bungalow on the island was horrible. We don't mind basic, but dirty is not good for the price we were paying (around US$50 per night incl food). The floor had not been swept, the toilet floor had nails, bits of cement, and dirt on it (from removal of old roof by the looks of it), and the bed sheet cover and pillow had not been washed for more than a week or several guests. The bed stank. There was no soap provided at all. The manager later told me we don't want people using soap. I asked about the hygiene issue of washing after the toilet, then she said "you should bring your own!" - she thinks she is being eco-friendly by not providing soap. Tight ass more like it. Everyone using their own soap, rather than her buying something biodegradable in a refillable format (like a pump action bottle filled from a large container ). As for being an eco-venture, this makes me laugh because there were 4 different pieces of rubbish at the bottom of the bungalow's stairs (see photo) and all over the surrounding area where the bungalows were located!! They don't even bother to clean up the whole area where the bungalows are located. Nevermind the adjacent fishing village polluting the water and not following EcoSea's education attempts - EcoSea can't even pick up rubbish on the land it is leasing from the fishing village!! Just in it for the money I suspect and using the eco in the business name to attract business. It's sad how often businesses these days are doing this. We walked through the dirty fishing village to another set of bungalows and there were nice plants and landscaping and no litter - so pleasant and a good example to the village. Wished we were staying there. Anyhow, our peaceful retreat to this imagined paradise was a dream really because the village now can afford a loud karaoke sound system which they crank on at 10pm until around 12 or 1am and their new, bigger boats loudly chug past throughout the night to catch as many fish as they can. Woken at 6.15 by the air compressor for the scuba tanks and construction workers building the next bungalow right next door (which of course we were not told about when we paid).
Food was fairly good and the crew that I dived with were attentive although after we got back to the mainland, another couple complained their guides did not stay with them when they should of. The drunk owner said "ah, you a Padi certified diver, look after yourself" forgetting that we were paying him to provide guides!! This guy was a disgrace to Cambodian people. He would not give me a refund for the 2nd night or the 4th dive I was not able to do. He sat there smoking, drinking more beer with this smug look on his face because his military police buddy was smoking next to him. He said the F word to my girlfriend and was had no valid reason not to refund my US$60. Pure dickhead. Wish I had used another dive shop and went to a different island (find one as far from the fishing village as possible.