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Southern Islands

There are some absolutely stunning vistas on Koh Rong, Koh Russey and Koh Krabey, just off Cambodia's southern coast. This is honeymoon heaven, certain to get pulses racing with anyone looking for sandy idylls and private ports to set sail to. Koh Rong has a relatively relaxed bohemian feel; you can see a thousand stars from the beaches each night, but there’s only a handful of 5-star properties. Travellers on a budget also head to neighbouring Koh Rong Samloem, which has become a haven for anyone wishing to rekindle the rustic ambiance of their backpacker days...

Three places to see in Cambodia’s Southern Islands

Obviously there's a lot more, this is just to get you started...

Koh Rong

Under an hour's boat ride from Sihanoukville, Koh Rong has managed to retain its unspoiled island attitude, albeit with the addition of a couple of world-class resorts built in keeping with the natural environment. Thankfully, as Koh Rong is the second largest island in Cambodia (30sq miles), there's plenty of golden sand loveliness to go round. Away from the more luxurious properties, there's a lower budget scene where sandy stretches support thatched beach bars and ramshackle guest houses. Koh Touch is the busiest beach, so best avoided if you're looking for a less crowded island experience.

Koh Rong, Cambodia

Koh Russey

Despite the fact that Koh Ruseey is just 10 minutes from the mainland, stepping your first bare foot onto the sand will feel like you've escaped into the pages of Robinson Crusoe. Thankfully, you won't need to build your own shelter, as there's a rather gorgeous beach resort all ready and waiting for you. Once you've had your fill of infinity pools, French fusion food and sunbathing on your own private terrace, why not borrow a bike and pedal off to explore? (Although, don't expect to find much more than palm trees, white sand and crystal clear shallows…)

woman on swing on koh russey

Koh Krabey

Just when you thought tropical island hideaways in Cambodia couldn't get any more secluded, the Six Senses turned tiny Koh Krabey into an idyll for anyone seeking solace. Complete with its own private port from the mainland, this luxurious resort has been created to blend with the natural contours of the island; lucky guests can expect a choice of coastal scenes or tropical forest views from their own perfectly positioned private sun terrace. This is the ultimate in isolated island experience, with an extensive range of recreational and fine dining options to help you while away each day in sleepy, sun-kissed bliss.

Koh Krabey, Cambodia

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