Koh Rong Samloem is a tropical island a short boat ride from Sihanoukville on the mainland, and a world away in culture. Sihanoukville, or Kampong Som, is a fast-developing seaside resort where travellers can enjoy all the amenities you would expect, but at the cost of losing a lot of its core Khmer identity.
Big Moon on Koh Rong Samloem offers you the opportunity to experience the traditional, vibrant life of a true Khmer fishing community.
We currently have six beautiful recently built bungalows – 3 doubles, 2 twins and 1 family which can be yours for as little as $35 per night per bungalow.
All bungalows have en-suite shower/toilet, fan, veranda, small table and chairs and power is supplied all night and throughout most of the day.
We’re delighted to be able to offer you the ability to put down a 50% deposit and have the option to pay the balance at any time until you check out.
If you’d like to take advantage of this excellent offer, please use voucher code BIGMOON at checkout.
The Big Moon restaurant is in the heart of the village, looking out over the bay, and serves both Khmer and Western dishes, including a wide range of snacks and refreshments.
Our friendly and gifted chef – a graduate of a leading catering school in Phnom Penh – is happy to prepare meals not listed on our menu. The proof of his excellence lies in the many compliments we have received for the quality of our dishes. He is also a stickler for hygiene, and it is with some pride that we can boast zero Cambodian Cramps among our guests!
All our fish, meat, vegetables and fruit are hand-picked at Psar Leu in Sihanoukville early in the morning and then shipped out to the island that same morning. We take every precaution to keep the produce as fresh as possible, so during the rainy season we keep our stocks low. Obviously, during this period when food turnover is slow, availability will have to be taken on spec.
Cheaper food is available in the village, and that is as it should be. We offer a wider range of dishes than the Khmer families who now cater to tourists, and our overheads are higher.
Most importantly though, we do not wish to undercut or compete with the villagers. M’Pay Bay, the resort that started our whole island adventure, was the realisation of a dream to help bring tourist revenue to Village M’Pay Bei. And it worked! Every cent our guests spent in the village made a tangible difference to the prosperity of the families there.
Our Big Moon restaurant will continue to apply the same ethos, and at the same time offer a broader menu.
You can walk from your front door, through the open-plan dining area and onto the wide expanse of sandy M’Pay Bay overlooking the island of Koh Kun in 30 seconds…
Now that’s glorious!
It’s easy to reach Koh Rong Samloem (or Koh Rong Sanloem or a few other versions!)
However you spell it, it’s the same beautiful little island in the Bay of Thailand and only a short boat trip away from Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s largest coastal city.
We’ve put together some info on how to get here and what you can enjoy when you arrive.
Divers, experienced and novices alike, can take advantage of our close alliance with the Cambodian Diving Group, whose founder has been diving these waters for nearly ten years now and has an encyclopedic knowledge of where best to go for the best dive experience.