Cambodian tourism is famous for Angkor temples, so the sensational ruins of Angkor may be the main attraction when foreign tourists travel in Cambodia. However, Cambodia’s exquisite temples, secluded beaches, charming villages and magical markets deserve lots of attention too. With genuine locals always ready to share a sincere smile, Cambodia will steal your heart and enrich your spirit. Specially, with a large number of beautiful islands, Cambodian travel will bring you wonderful experiences.
Best island for partying: Koh Rong
Not too long ago Koh Rong’s only tourist amenities were a handful of bungalows besides miles of dense jungle and gorgeous white sand beaches. Indochina tours Cambodia
There is still amazing hiking and trekking on the island in the parts of the jungle that loggers haven’t destroyed, but in the last few years dozens of cheap accommodations have been built and the place has become a backpacker Shangri – La.
Though Koh Rong remains surprisingly undeveloped, at least by Thai island standards, its business owners are notoriously party-friendly, bringing in generators to keep the music going until the wee hours and offering live DJs and free-beer happy hours.
A 24-hour bar and a permissive attitude towards ganja have made the island a go-to spot for sun burnt travelers who want to bake on the beach by day and get toasted by night. Tours in Cambodia
Best island for camping: Koh Ta Kiev
Islands in Cambodia, With a journey time of less than an hour from the mainland, Koh Ta Kiev is one of Cambodia’s most easily accessible islands. Given that you can turn up at Crusoe Island, a rustic campground, and pitch your own tent or hammock on the beach for just a few dollars (or have someone else do all the hard work for you), it is mighty popular, but do not let this put you off. The jungly island is large and for those looking for more than a mahogany skin tone, activities range from jungle trekking and snorkeling to Khmer cooking and spear fishing classes.
Best island for day trips: Rabbit Island
A popular day trip from sleepy Kep is to Koh Tonsay or Rabbit Island, a 30-minute long tail ride from the mainland. Home to three pale sand beaches framed by spidery coconut palms, the impetus is on beachcombing, jungle trekking and snorkeling or simply feasting on fresh crab cooked up at the local restaurants. The same also have simple timber huts if you are tempted to stay the night.
Best island for bird-watching: Koh Thmei
Islands in Cambodia, Located inside Ream National Park, Koh Thmei is home to monkeys, civets, lizards, more than 100 different species of birds and several threatened species, including the fishing cat, a wetland feline than makes its home near streams and mangrove forests.
The island has only one place to stay, Koh Thmei Resort, and the term “resort” is used loosely: it’s little more than nine simple wooden bungalows, but it’s eco-friendly and solar powered.
Guests can hike, bird watch, snorkel or take the two-person sea kayak out for a spin.
The resort is even raising ponies that children can ride. There are nearby deserted beaches to visit with occasional views of dolphins swimming along the coast.
Best island for luxury: Song Saa
The nickname of these two small private islands means “sweethearts” in Khmer. Fitting, as you would have to be pretty sweet on someone to take them there, with villa prices topping $3,000 per night.
The 27 – room resort offers Cambodia’s most exclusive island experience, starting with the bottle of champagne awaiting you at check-in.
The champagne’s included in the price and so is just about everything else, from the transfers from shore and the gourmet meals made from locally-sourced foods to the well-stocked mini-bar and free international calls from your villa.
Even better, Song Saa is a model for sustainable development in Cambodia.
The resort is helping the local community develop education and waste management programs and has embarked on several conservation efforts, including a marine reserve covering 50,000 square meters around the islands.
When traveling in Cambodia, besides visiting Angkor temples, you should spend a lot of time to visit these islands in order to experience fully natural beauty of Cambodia. Surely, you will have a wonderful travel here.