Luxury holidays in Koh Russey

Koh Russey is a small, unspoilt island in the Gulf Of Thailand, just a few miles south coastal city Sihanoukville. Formerly used as an outpost by the Cambodian Navy, the island has remained largely untouched over the years, which is why it still has quiet, coppery beaches and a lush, forested interior. Russei is the Khmer word for bamboo, which covers large swathes of the island along with iron wood and coconut trees, supporting its wildlife and lending classic tropical island looks. The larger, more populous island of Koh Rong and the mainland are both within easy reach – the latter a 15-minute speedboat ride away – ensuring a stay here has the perfect balance of sights and sanctuary.

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When to go

The most popular time to visit is the dry season (November to May), with the cooler temperatures during the first three months attracting the most travellers. The south coast gets drenched by monsoons in the wet season (June to October), but this is when the landscape is at its most lush and green.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airport is Sihanoukville (there are direct flights between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville daily; the flight time is 45 minutes). You can also land 200 kilometres away in Phnom Penh.
  • Boats

    Regular boat shuttles cross the waters to Ream, where you can get around by taxi, tuk tuk, motorbike or bicycle. It’s a speedy 10-minute speedboat trip to Koh Russey.
  • Automobiles

    The centre of Sihanoukville is 45 minutes away by car. You won’t need a car to get around the island, and if you arrive in one, you’ll have to leave it on the mainland.