Cambodia’s 64 (?) islands fall under administration of 4 coastal provinces. Some islands have 2 or more names, there also exist several islands with the same name. Koh Tral (or Trol) (Vietnamese: Phu Quoc) and Koh Panjang (Vietnamese: Thochu Island) belong actually to Cambodia – some administrative mistake in the 1930-ies lead to the current situation. There is a very informative blog with further links on the subject: A Brief History of Koh Tral ( Phu Quoc island) There are two systems for the romanisation of the Khmer language, such as the Applied IPA – International Phonetic Alphabet (e.g. Koh = island) or the UNGEGN – United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (e.g. Kaôh = island). A few small islands and some sizable rocks underwent (re-)naming during the time of the French Protectorate (e.g. Ilot Veer = Veer Islet or Rocher Kusrovie = Kusrovie Rock). Some islands used to have French names, which are not in use anymore, although a few seem to have been “Khmerized” – e.g. Ile de Kok Sralou became Koh Sralau. Official lists are impossible to come by – so we collect all sources – maps in particular – sort out and compare. Even French maps do have inconsistencies, e.g. Ile de Cone is casually applied to Koh Goun and Koh Rong Sanloem….Ile du Milieu exists at least twice.
List of Islands (August 06. 2014)
Islands of Koh Kong Province
Islands of Sihanoukville Province
Islands of Kampot province
Islands of Kep province
The outer Islands (administered by Koh Kong Province and Sihanoukville Province)
|Koh Pous Snake Island កោះពស់ Île Coudée (elbow island – old French name)||Snake Island is closest to town – just opposite Victory Beach. It is under full scale development now – a huge concrete bridge to the mainland has been finished after a few years. Soon the island is going to be a enclosed settlement for those, who can afford it – with little space left for nature. The concession for the island’s development holds a Russian company. Homepage here. Eventually, according to announcements of the developer there are going to be private homes and condominiums for rent and purchase, plus necessary infrastructure. The island has a beautiful beach – although the view is not so great – with the deep-water port in sight. Go there by boat – the bridge is closed.|
|Koh Rong កោះរ៉ុង||There is an old word - rung - which means cave, although some Cambodians say the word refers to a real person's name. There aren't any caves on the island that deserve the name anyway. The only place that comes close, is some sort of rock overhang. see image...|
Koh Rong is the biggest of the islands of the Sihanoukville Group. It encompasses an area of 78 square km. The terrain is predominantly hilly with a sizable mountain at the island’s south west. The hills provide water for creeks, lagoons and estuaries. The island’s interior is almost completely forested. Although there are already lots of guest houses and pubs in and around Koh Tuich village, the island remains virtually "empty" - its sheer size dwarfs all the settlements, most beaches you are going to have for yourself - BUT - it is all very stretched out - it takes some time to get to it. Rent a boat - private initiative!!! There is all the stuff going on here: Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Kite-Surfing, Trekking (e.g. to waterfall), Cycling, Volleyball, Massage, Cruising, Pubs, Music and a lovely mix of she and he and them and you.
|Koh Russei – Bamboo Island - កោះបស្សី Ile Sud Ouest (old French name)||Bamboo Island - is close, pretty and small - it lies due east to Otres beach, about 10 km off the coast . SADLY: It has (in 2013) been given to a (French?) development company and is by now a no-go, non-public area. It has been announced, that the developer is going to build some sort of exclusive resort.|
|Koh Rong Sanloem កោះរុងសន្លឹម||Koh Rong Sanloem (Sanloem in this context means something like: far out, hard to discern or drowsy) Google Translate offers Khmer now - i typed Sanloem - it was translated to: lethargy, drowsiness.|
Koh Rong Sanloem is Koh Rong's little sister. South of Koh Rong, it resembles its bigger sister in shape and geography - although a bit thinner, it is covered in dense forest, generally more flat (still, though there are lovely hills ) and it has noticeably less landmass in relation to its coastline. It too, is a spoiled kid - with plenty of awesome beaches. Guest houses are a bit more decentralized, which means,unlike Koh Rong, there is no central hub, "down town", main beach, whatever. Many places have their very own beach - yeah it is true - or are conveniently detached with plenty of buffer zone. An advantage of the island's moderate landmass is, that you can rather quickly walk from one side of the island to the other. Saracen Bay on the northern side is a most spectacular place with a long crescent shaped beach and squeaking white sand, the water is very shallow - a good playground for families with kids. It is here where the Full Moon Party takes place.
Sanloem is probably the best example for the overall confusion on history, demography and administration. Even some French mappers named it at will. Although there had been some sort of modest development of infra-structure during the Protectorate, the EFEO does not have any digitized info.
|Koh Ta Kiev “Ancestor Kiev’s Island” – Ile de la Baie (old French name)||Koh Ta Kiev (ta = ancestor's spirit...Kiev was someone's name) - Bamboo Island's bigger sister - lies due east of Otres beach, opposite the Ream National Park. It houses a navy port and two fishing villages. Ferries - coming from the pier at Ochheuteal/Serendipity beach - require about an hour to get there.|
There are several nice empty beaches. The island has a mango plantation, a guest house - Ten 103 - and a camp ground - Crusoe Island. It is three times as big as its neighbour - Bamboo Island - with a size of 6.70 km2, and is essentially covered by forest. Although long leases have been sold to foreign companies the island is going to undergo development. Still, here you will find truly alternative guest house concepts, such as Ten 103's tree houses and Crusoe Island's camp site. Hence, it is the place of choice for anyone, who likes the exceptional experience, away from the big crowds. Here are the bad news: A Chinese development company has set foot on the island and is going to overtake the whole place - just a matter of time....go there now!
|Koh Sdach - King's Island - កោះស្ដេច||Koh Sdach - King's Island ...is due West of Kompong Saom bay . It belongs to a cluster of islands off the Boutum Sakor National Park. The island is home to a sizable local community and for many years was - probably still is to some extent - a notorious smuggler's hub for alcohol and more. There used to be a daily ferry from to Sihanoukville to Koh Kong with a stop at Koh Sdach, which has been shut down. Either you approach from Koh Kong, where regular boats leave or you charter a private transporter.|
|Koh Smach/Koh Samit – Rife Island – កោះស្មាច់||there is a sizable traditional community ...|
|Koh Andaug - Turtle Island - កោះអណ្តើក|
|Koh Ampil Thom Big Tamarind Island កោះអំពិលធំ|
Koh Ampil Kandal Central Tamarind Island កោះអំពិលកណ្ដាល
Koh Ampil Toch Small Tamarind Island កោះអំពិលតូច
|Koh Tres/Kteah(pan) Ile Ronde (old French name)||Koh Kteah/Tres (tres is a sort of tree)...is off Otres beach (15 min by Kayak) and has got a "beach" of around 10m2 in size, which is submerged during high tide. Only one Cambodian family ( officials) lives here. You should not go there area without an invitation...if you must - stay at the "beach" area. At the South side are a few snorkeling spots - Nudibranches are quite abundant. Also good fishing area.|
|Koh Tonsay – Rabbit Island កោះទន្សាយ Koh Antay (old French name)||Koh Tonsai lies off Kep (town) – 2,5 hours from Sihanoukville, once there – around 30 min by ferry, there is a variety of locally run bungalow resorts. Everything is a bit shabby and garbage management is non-existent. generally quiet. There are lots small tiny islands in the neighborhood. The border to Vietnam is also close - restriction of man-oeuvre is certain.|
|Koh Thmei – New Island – កោះថ្មី – Ile du Milieu (old French name)||very big and almost touching the main land – 3 nice beaches – lots of forest and awesome nature, many animals - ferry 45 min from Koh Kchhang Fishing Village – there is a great guest house.|
|Koh Tuich – Small Island – កោះតូច - Ilot Sud (old French name)||(tuich=small) – tiny and beautiful island off Koh Rong’s Koh Tuich village. There is a little pagoda on it since around 2010 – great snorkeling spots around the whole island.|
|Koh Bong Po-oun/Song Saa – Siblings/Lovers Islands – កោះបងកោះប្អូន - Les Frères (old French name)||renamed to Koh Song Saa - lovers islands - two tiny islets off Koh Rong's north-east, is home of the exclusive Song Saa resort|
|Koh Totang||north of King's Island - there is a nice guest-house: Nomadsland|
|Koh Kong Krawi – Outer Koh Kong Island – កោះកុងក្រៅ||Koh Kong is Cambodia's biggest island, off Koh Kong town - 6 hours bus-ride from Sihanoukville near the border to Thailand. Although Kong island is Cambodia's biggest island, it is a bit tricky to recognize it as such. It is so close to the mainland, that its backwaters partly consist of dense mangrove marshes. The place is nearly uninhabited - only one resort - most pristine of the big islands. |
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|Koh Moul Round Island កោះមុល|
|Koh Doung Coconut Island កោះដូង|
|Koh Chhan Table Island កោះឆាន់|
|Koh Sramauch - Ant Island - កោះស្រមោច||very small, close to Ream Naval Base, small beach|
|Koh Dam - Graft Island|
|Koh Gondol Mouse/Rat island កោះកណ្ដុរ|
|Koh Kaong Kang/Thass – Ile des Paletuviers (old French name)||one of the inner islands - great place to snorkel. It is very flat, hence freshwater is scarce and nobody lives there permanently.|
|Koh Koun – Child island - Ile de Cone (old French name)||small island between Rong and Rong Sanloem, no beach, uninhabited, but great dive spot.|
|Koh Manoah/Kandal – Pineapple/Middle Island – កោះម្នាស់ – កោះកណ្តាល - Ile du Milieu (old French name)||Koh Manoah កោះម្នាស់ – is north of Koh Rong, together with..|
Koh Ta Team កោះតាទាម and
Koh Domloung កោះដំឡូង
|Koh Seh – Horse Island – កោះសេះ – Ile a L’eau (old French name)||Koh Seh កោះសេះ - Horse Island - pretty and big - south-east of Koh Thmei កោះថ្មី|
|Koh Chaluh/Krabey - Torch/Buffalo Island||small island near Koh Ta Kiev, no beach|
|Koh Preus - Deer Island – Ile Nord-Ouest (old French name)||off Otres beach, small beach|
|Koh Tang - “Legend” island - កោះតាង||Koh Tang – Tang Island – a group of islands including:|
Koh Mul (Round Island),
Koh Bpi Mui - Îlots Sud-Est (old French name)
Koh Bpi Bpi - Îlots Sud-Est (old French name) and
Koh Domloung (Potato island) កោះដំឡូង.
It is far out - 6 hours from Sihanoukville – great diving there.
|Koh Poulo Wai – កោះពូលូវៃ||two of the outer islands with prime spots for divers. You need to contact the dive operators for any sort of bookings.|
|Koh Pring - Jambul Island||Koh Pring - a group of islands including: Koh Doung (Coconut island) and|
It is far out - 6 hours from Sihanoukville – great diving there.
|Koh Deig Koul - Pai - (Port's) Nail Island||private island west of Koh Puah|
|Koh Preab - Dove Island||near the local port, size: 0.0046 km2|
|Koh Doung - Coco Island||inside Sihanoukville bay|
|Rocher Eiffel||a pile of rocks near the local port|