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What time does the boat leave Sihanoukville?

Pick-up time from The Monkey Island Booking Office (Monkey Republic) is 2:00 PM OR from Koh Rong Travel at 8:00 AM OR 11:00 AM. You’ll then be taken to the pier where the boat will depart.

I will be arriving in Sihanoukville the day I go to the island. Do I still have to go to The Monkey Island Booking Office (Monkey Republic)?

You will need to pop into the booking office at Monkey Republic to pick up your tickets before you depart.

What time does the boat leave the island to go back to Sihanoukville?

The boats leave every day at 9.30am, 12pm & 4pm.

How long does the boat journey take?

The journey takes between 40-50 minutes depending on weather conditions.

Can I buy a ticket for just one way?

No, we can only sell boat tickets as two-part, return journeys. You must pay the standard boat fare even if you only use one half of the ticket.

Is the boat safe?

We use a sturdy and very reliable fast catamaran, not a long tail boat.

Should I bring a mosquito net?

All beds are fitted with a mosquito net, so you don’t have to bring your own. We also provide you with clean sheets and a towel.

I don’t want to bring my entire rucksack. Can I leave it somewhere on the mainland for a few days?

You can securely store your luggage at Thida’s Inn round the corner from The Monkey Island Booking Office (Monkey Republic site). Storage costs from $1 a day. Call in and see Mark or Thida or ask The Monkey Island Booking Office (Monkey Republic) to call and arrange for you.

I’m a bit short on time. Is one night enough?

If you take the early fast catamaran service there is no reason why you cant then take the late 4 PM boat the following day, although Monkey Island is so beautiful it is wise to stay for at least two nights.

My bungalow sleeps 4 but there are only 2 of us. Will we have to share with other people?

No. All bungalows are private. The cost of the bungalow ensures that it is just for you and no one else.

Will my valuables be safe on the island?

The island is very safe and has a relaxed atmosphere. However, you should take the usual precautions with valuables such as ipods, phones, etc. Cambodia is a poor country where people live on an average of $2 a day. Respect the local community by keeping high value items on your person or locked away in lock boxes provided in every room.

Is there electricity on the island?

The electricity is operated by a generator which is on between 5:30pm and midnight.

Are there fans in the rooms?

No. We prefer a nice sea breeze to do the job.

Is there an ATM?

No. You will need to bring cash with you, but please don’t bring silly amounts. Aside from your bungalow cost, you might spend about $8 a day on food and perhaps $3 upwards on drinks, more if you’re partial to a few beers in the evening. If you run out of money, we can always create a tab for you to pay off when you’re back on the mainland. BUT you will need to discuss this with the island manager at least 24 hours before you plan to leave the island.

Is everything going to be very expensive as it’s an island?

Prices for food and drink are the same as on the mainland, just a fraction higher to cover the boat charge. A beer is $1.25 and hearty meals start from around $4.

How deserted is this ‘deserted island’?

There is no ATM, basic shops, no beach vendors, or any other amenities you may be used to.  This is paradise!

I really love the island and want to stay longer than planned. Is it possible?

You are more than welcome to stay for as long as you like, subject to bungalow availability.

Don’t I have to leave the island on the date written on my boat ticket?

No. Your boat ticket is valid every day.

Are there any strange creatures on the island?

Aside from our Monkey Island staff, you may notice that the island cats have short, odd-looking tails. This is a strange genetic trait specific to the cats on the island.

Are there laundry facilities?

Laundry can be arranged, although it’s best to bring a stack of clean clothes with you as the island facilities are fairly basic.

When is rainy/dry season?

Rainy season is from July to October, dry season is November to June. It is sunny all year round; rainy season means that there are occasional bursts of heavy rain. (Most of us expats agree that rainy season is actually our favourite time of year.)

Can I go from Koh Rong to one of the other islands directly?

No boats run between Koh Rong and the other islands. It may be possible to hire a local fishing boat to take you from Koh Rong to Koh Rong Samloem but this is subject to availability and price will be determined by the locals who take you. We can help arrange this.

I will be on Koh Rong Samloem. Can I get a boat to Koh Rong from there?

If you wish to visit us from Koh Rong Samloem you will have to ask your guesthouse to arrange a boat for you. We can’t arrange this from our side.