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Koh Kong City




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Koh Kong City

Mountains, Islands, Jungle and Border

Koh Kong City is the capital of Koh Kong province, a comparatively small provincial town sitting on the east side of the Koh Pao River about 10km from the Cham Yeam international border crossing with Thailand. Many travelers see Koh Kong only briefly as they pass through on the way to/from Thailand, but that is changing and the province is becoming something of an ‘eco-destination.’ To the north and east of the city, the jungled Cardamom Mountains cover much of the province, offering trekking, dirt-biking and river excursion possibilities. Heading the other direction, secluded beaches line the nearby coastline and tropical island of Koh Kong. Base your adventures out of Koh Kong City where you can arrange tours, rent boats, motorcycles, etc. There are a number of mid-range guesthouses and hotels in Koh Kong and though there is not much to see in the city there is an international casino and one of the better zoos in Cambodia located near the border crossing.




Koh Kong may be approached directly from Thailand via the Cham Yeam crossing, and from Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Kampot by road. Several bus companies offer direct bus service between Koh Kong, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Buses arrive and depart the bus station in Koh Kong. Bus company offices are clustered along Street 3 in the center of town. For more on international border crossings see the Overland page.



National Route #4 (NR4) connects Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Road #48 runs between NR4 and Koh Kong City. The road from Koh Kong (Road #48) is in fair condition - fully paved but broken and pot-holed in sections. The road has worsened over the last few months. Road #48 passes through the jungled Cardamom Mountains. At high points on the road the jungle canopy can be seen stretching into the distance. ‘Elephant Crossing’ signs dot the side of the road in parts. Road #48 also spans four picturesque major rivers. Keep your camera ready. 

Bus Several bus companies bus companies offer direct daily bus service between Koh Kong and Sihanouk Ville using full size a/c buses for $6-$10/person. About 4-4.5 hours duration. Most buses depart in the morning. Check current schedule.

Taxi Share taxi: 45,000R/person. Up to 6 passengers in one taxi. Private taxi: $65-$70.


Taxi About $75 for a private taxi.

Bus Several bus companies bus companies offer direct daily bus service between Koh Kong and Phnom Penh using full size a/c buses. $12-13/person. About 5 hours duration. Most buses depart around 7:45AM and another at midday.


Koh Kong Hotels and Guesthouses
Koh Kong offers a pretty good choice of accommodations including several very reasonably priced guesthouses, a few mid-range places along the riverfront and a couple of upscale hotels. Offering a unique eco-experience a few ‘eco-accommodations’ are located on and along the Tai Tai River in the jungled Cardamom Mountains 20-30 kilometers outside of town, including the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Rainbow Lodge and the Neptune Bungalows.

Apex Koh Kong

Range: $10 - $40

Fan and a/c rooms with Cable TV, DVD, mini-bar and en suite with hot water. Pool. Restaurant serving Khmer, Thai and western food. Laundry, travel/tour services. Street 8.

On Street 8, 150 meters from the ferry dock.
Tel: +(855)(0)16-307919 

4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Range: $139 (breakfast included)

Floating lodge on Koh Andet Island, downstream the Tatai River in the Cardamom Mountains. Unique tented floating villas with all amenities on the Tatai River in the midst of lush, spectacular jungle mountain scenery. Large Tents with DVD, hot water and WiFi. Gourmet restaurant/bar is serving western and Asian food. About 30 minutes from Koh Kong town by car and boat.
Tel: +(855)(0)97-6434032


Koh Kong Bay Hotel

Range: $35 - $150

Superior hotel on the riverside. Well-appointed a/c rooms with all modern amenities and the best sunset balcony view in town. Flat screen TV with cable, DVD, stocked mini-bar, in-room free wifi. Swimming pool and poolside bar. Spa, massage and sauna. Riverside dining at The Bay Cafe and Restaurant.


Located on Preh Koh Por, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.
Tel: +(855)(0)77-555590

Koh Kong Island Resort

Range: $25 - $70 (breakfast included)

Bungalows on a pristine beach on Koh Kong island, a short boat ride from Koh Kong city. Fan and a/c and en suite bathroom. Restaurant/bar serving traditional seafood dishes and fusion cuisine.
Tel: +(855)(0)35-936371


Koh Kong Resort
Range: $30 - $150 (includes breakfast, swimming pool, gym)

Hotel, casino, entertainment complex near the border, offering superior, well-appointed rooms, suites and bungalows. Swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna, steam. Full casino, restaurants, bars and shopping. 2km beach. Water sports. Serving some of the best Thai food in Koh Kong. Right next door, Koh Kong Safari World, zoo and animal shows as well as a long narrow beach.

Located 200 meters Thai/Cambodian border, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.
Tel: +(855)(0)16-700970


Koh Kong White Sand Beach

Range: $10 - $35

Bungalows on a secluded beach on Koh Kong Island. Three styles of stand alone bungalows, from value priced wooden bungalows with attached bathroom to large family style bungalows. Lots of activities: fishing, trekking, kayaking, snorkeling.

Tel: 088-8340048

Neptune River Bungalows
Range: $25 (includes breakfast)

Located on the Tai Tai River, approximately 20 km from Koh Kong City on Road #48 to Phnom Penh. Rustic wood and thatch bungalows with balconies. Riverside setting. Free tubes and kayaks for guests. Western, Thai and Khmer dishes. Boating, kayaking and jungle trekking and tours.

Located about 20Km from Koh Kong City and about 3Km from Tatai Bridge, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.
Tel: +(855)(0)88-7770576

Paddy’s Bamboo Pub & Guesthouse
Range: $2 - $6 (dorm $3; hammock $2)
Budget guesthouse in a Khmer-style house. Fan rooms, some with CTV. Restaurant/bar offering cold beer, spirits and a selection of western and Asian dishes. Travel and tours. Motorcycle rental.

150meters East of Roundabout near Market, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.
Tel: +(855)(0)97-6483841


Rainbow Lodge
Range: $40 - $130 (Breakfast Included)
Ecolodge set on 5 hectares of riverside land in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Cardamom mountains on a river in Tatai, a small community 20kms from Koh Kong Town. A 10 minute boat trip from the road brings you to the Rainbow Lodge. Guests can experience first hand the sights and sounds of the jungle, whilst in the comfort and safety of traditional Khmer style bungalows. The Rainbow Lodge aims to provide an eco-friendly venue for guests, employment and training for the local community, whilst respecting local culture and environment. Kayaks and rowboats available guests free of charge. All meals included in price.

Tel: +(855)(0)12-1602585

Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort

Range: $30 - $80

Newly refurbished, strip-bungalow style a/c rooms in a quiet location just off the river on the west side of the river. Air-conditioned rooms with TV, DVD player, fridge, free wifi and en suite bathroom with hot water. All tourist services, bicycles available, tubes and fun kayaks also available for river boating. Fantastic river’s edge restaurant, with thatch dining platforms over the river, specializing in thai food and fresh seafood. Full bar.

#109, Neang Koh Kong Village, Pek Klong Commune, Mondolsima District, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.  

Tel: +(855)(0)97-3708070



Koh Kong Restaurants
The city is small with a couple of dozen restaurants in all, including just a few foreign-run restaurant and bars. Most of the restaurants are quite local and the emphasis is usually on seafood. The Thai food also is particularly good in Koh Kong - the restaurant at the casino serves some of the best in the area. For sunset, whether for dinner or just for sundowners, The Bay Cafe and Cafe Laurent on the river road near the bridge both offer the nicest sunset views over the river.

Nightlife in Koh Kong tends to shut down comparatively early, with most places closing between 10 and midnight. Cafe Laurent and Bob’s Ice Cream are popular. The latest places open in town are the Cambodian clubs including the Pisey Club next to Apex Guesthouse and Pun Pun on the main road, both dark, boxy and loud, offering cocktail bars and catering primarily to young locals.


The Bay Café and Restaurant

Dining at the riverside with a fantastic sunset view. Mediterranean cuisine and seafood and also serving Spanish, French, Cambodian dishes and even pizza. Good wine selection, full bar with an extensive cocktail menu. Free wifi.


Located on Preh Koh Por, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.

7:00AM - 11:00PM.
Tel: 077-555590

Café Laurent

One of the better restaurants on the coast. Comfortable, stylish a/c lounge and river’s edge dining gazebos with a nice breeze and a fantastic sunset view. Western, Chinese, Khmer and seafood dishes. Pizzas, pastas, steaks, chops and lots more mains and a very complete dessert menu including Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse. Coffees, teas and a full bar. Big cocktail menu, excellent selection of spirits, concise selection of imported wines. Free wifi. Getting consistantly great reviews from customers.

Open everyday 10:30AM - 11:00PM

Tel: 016-373737



Fat Sam’s
Very friendly place serving good inexpensive western and Khmer food. Good western breakfasts. Always generous portions, Full bar, cold beer, inexpensive draft. Tourist information/advice, motorcycles for rent, Near the roundabout.

Koh Kong Resort
Casino-hotel complex. Full casino. Several dining venues, with the focus on seafood, Thai, Chinese and international. Serving some of the best Thai food in Koh Kong.

Located 200 meters Thai/Cambodian border, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.
Tel: 016-700970


Paddy’s Bamboo Pub

Little bar and restaurant offering cold beer, spirits and food at very reasonable prices. Bar open late into the evening. Lots of local touring info and assistance. Motorcycles for rent.

150meters East of Roundabout near Market, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.

Tel: 097-6483841


Thmorda Crab House
Unique river restaurant in a quiet natural setting on the west side of the river from Koh Kong City. Dining on breezy wooden platforms (‘tiki huts’) hovering over the river’s edge. Serving mostly Thai dishes with lots of seafood choices, served on dining platforms (‘tiki huts’) hovering over the water. Good place for lunch or a sunset dinner. Full bar with cocktails, beers, wine.

#109, Neang Koh Kong Village, Pek Klong Commune, Mondolsima District, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.  

Tel: +(855)(0)97-3708070





Koh Kong Essentials

Money and Banking
Thai baht is as commonly used in Koh Kong City as US dollars and Cambodian riel. US dollars and Cambodian riel are accepted (except for visas), but generally speaking the tough exchange rate brings a poorer value for your dollar or riel. Moneychangers are clustered around the main market. Be careful to get the best exchange rate.  



There are also a couple of convenience stores located on the riverfront road near the Koh Kong Bay Hotel.



Some hotels and a couple restaurants have wifi. There are also a couple of internet/phone shops on the riverfront road near the Koh Kong Bay Hotel.




Things to Do and See in Koh Kong
Koh Kong is, in many ways, a comparatively new and unexplored destination. The heavily jungled Cardamom Mountain range and rugged rivers, and the unexplored coast and island beaches offer a number of eco-tourism and beach hopping possibilities.

The most popular local destinations are nearby waterfalls and beaches, as well as the casino and Safari World at the Thai border. But there is potentially much more to see and do in Koh Kong province. Eco-adventures include touring the unique nearby mangrove forests and boating up the rivers to spectacular waterfalls, rapids and jungle scenery. Or boating the opposite direction to the ocean, to secluded tropical beaches along the coast and the nearby Koh Kong Island. Other possibilities include jungle trekking and camping and 4WD/dirt bike excursion into the Cardamom Mountains.

Trekking, boating, waterfall trips and the like are most easily arranged through a local tour operator such as those listed below.



Nearby Koh Yor Beach (Bak Klong Beach) is a long, narrow, secluded, white sand beach with a just few little ocean side seafood shacks. Nice, relaxed, ‘lost beach’ atmosphere. To get to there from town, cross the bridge, turn left at the Buddha monument and continue south on the dirt road about 4km to the ocean. 

Koh Kong is rich with waterfalls and rapids. The rugged rivers that run down from the Cardamom Mountains harbor spectacular jungled falls, some near to town, others farther upstream. Many of the falls are but a trickle in the dry season and best visited in the wet season. The Ta Tai Waterfalls are the nearest to town and most popular local falls, sitting close to the main road about 20km to the east. The falls are wide and two-leveled with a drop of about 6m, set in a jungle gorge and falls over rapids. Others such as the Koh Por Falls, Tuo Kokir Rapids and impressive jungle gorge Kbal Chhay Falls sit father upriver within daytrip distance.


Nearby Koh Kong Island sits in the Gulf of Thailand about a 2-hour boat ride from Koh Kong City. Koh Koh Island is the largest Cambodian island, over 22km long, with classic tropical jungled interior, secluded sandy beaches and lagoons, and very few inhabitants. Boat rides to remote island beaches is most easily arranged through tour operators in town. Koh Kong Island Resort and Koh Kong White Sand Beach both offer beach bungalows on the island.

Koh Kong Safari World
Full fledged animal theme park complete with animal shows and a small zoological park displaying tigers, bears, ostriches, deer and several other species. Regularly scheduled crocodile, tiger, orangutan and bird shows. There is a show of some sort every hour or so. Though some of the shows, particularly the orangutan boxing, may not be to everyone's taste, by local standards the animals have the appearance of being fairly well fed and cared for. Fun place to take the kids. Open everyday. Located 500m from the border crossing.




Tour and Dive Operators


Koh Kong Island Boat Trip

Full day boat trip through the mangrove forests and to the tropical Koh Kong Island. for beach, BBQ lunch, kayaking and snorkeling. Overnight stay on the island also available.

Tel: +(855)(0)88-8340048


Neptune Adventures

Established 2006. Located on Tai-Tai River, offering boating, kayaking and trekking and tours to the islands, waterfalls, and mangrove forest. Rainy season kayaking. Call for pick-up from Tai-Tai Bridge.

Tel: +(855)(0)88-7770576



Ritthy Koh Kong Eco Adventure Tours

Full service tour provider. Jungle trek, camping, island mangrove tour, waterfalls, kayaking, much more. All transportation and tourist info. Moto rental. “Community based eco-tourism.”

Located riverfront in Koh Kong, Koh Kong City, Cambodia.

Mr. Ritthy: +(855)(0)12-707719



Last updated July 2014

This website is the (expanded) online version of Canby Publications' Cambodia travel guides: The Phnom Penh Visitors Guide, The Siem Reap Angkor Visitors Guide and The Sihanoukville Visitors Guide, (also including Battambang, Kampot, Koh Kong and Kep.)


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