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

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.