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“Paradise = found. Exceeded my expectations.”

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Lonely Beach Koh Rong
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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Paradise = found. Exceeded my expectations.”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

I don't know where to start....as the ferry turned up to Lonely Beach, I was convinced I had found paradise. The place was so peaceful, the waters calm and inviting, and the surrounding jungle mostly untouched. It was exactly what I was looking for - I needed to disconnect from the world for a while and it was the perfect island escape. I've not been to Thailand before, but I heard other people remark that the island itself is like what Thailand was many years ago. I stayed in one of the Bungalows for 4 nights - they were basic, comfortable and very clean, and solar-powered. Danny, the French guy that runs the place, is a very nice guy, knows a lot about the area and is very helpful. The kitchen staff were lovely, always available, and whip up some great, reasonably priced meals. Highly highly highly recommend the fish/seafood if they manage to get some (all dependant on availability). The fresh juices were lovely. The beach is raked every day which eliminates the sand fly problem. I spent a lot of time in the water - I had never seen anything like it, the beach was extremely clean and the water was exactly how it looks in the photos I posted. The night-swimming with the plankton was great, as was swimming under millions of stars!

NOW is the time to visit this place. Talking to locals, there is already talk of developments on the island, including building a main road through it (at the moment there are no cars), a hotel right where Lonely Beach is, and even an airport. It's not a matter of if, but when. I feel extremely grateful to have found this place, and the other travellers I met were to. There was mutual agreement as to how lucky we were to be there and experience this amazing place.

Handy Tip: Take enough insect repellent/sunscreen for your stay!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Doha, Qatar
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68 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for something different from your usual hotel or hostel then this is the place to stay! No wifi and no running water... But this is what adds to the charm of the place. Most of the time is spent on the beautiful empty beach anyway! At night time it is possible to see the plankton in the ocean, I also saw shooting stars and fire flies! The dorm is good value for 8 dollars and the food tastes yummy and is also reasonably priced. If you can handle insects and bucket showers then you will love this place!

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Vienna, Austria
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51 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

One of the most romantic days spent there! You get wellcomed like a good friend. The place has an energy efficiency plan, no wifi and lots of perfect sand and clear blue water. There is a hundred meters to the next sunbed! Food is awesome, too. We want to go right back!!!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

we had the most amazing laid back time and felt like staying with friends. danny, the owner, makes you feel at home right away!
the bungalows are simple but lovely made and the whole energy saving concept is well done! just bring enough moskito repellant as well as sun screen as it is really lonely out there! no wifi neither but that makes it even more relaxing!!! we would send family and best friends there! call yourself lucky if you make it there!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Beautiful beach, lovely food ($4.50-6.50 a main), $8 dorm room (of if your not on such a tight budget $30 bungalows), relaxed hosts what more could you ask for?
We stayed 3 nights and it was perfect. Gorgeous sunsets and swimming with fluorescent plankton at night.
Dont expect wifi or immaculate bathrooms you are on a small island on a deserted beach after all.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Absolutely amazing. From the moment we stepped off the boat, I felt welcomed and relaxed and peaceful. Friendly staff, good food, and the beach is just !!! It's pristine and quiet (there were only Lonely Beach guests on it) with crystal clear water, and remote enough that I could see the light from the plankton at night, which was so cool.

For what it's worth, I slept in the dorm and didn't have any problems (I found the open-air dorm room pretty amazing), but you are basically in the jungle so of course animals are a possibility.

So long as you understand how basic it is (bucket showers, no wifi, limited electricity), you will have a magical time here.

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Offenbach, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Getting to stay here and see this place was the absolute best about my trip to Cambodia.
Great place, wonderful bungalows (stayed in a double-bed bungalow in the jungle), amazing food and great people. Enjoyed every minute of my 5-day-stay here: Went snorkeling, hiking in the jungle and spend the rest of the time just relaxing at the beach.
Want to know the absolute best about my stay here?! Go to Lonely Beach and go for a swim at night, see for yourself, it's magical!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lonely Beach Koh Rong
Address: Koh Rong 18000, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Koh Kong Province > Koh Rong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Koh Rong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lonely Beach is your unique opportunity to experience true beach life. We're situated in a remote bay in the North of Koh Rong, miles away from the party beach in the South. It is so remote, that you can reach us only by the Lonely Beach boat. ... more   less 
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