|Native name: កោះរុង|
|Location||Cambodia - South East Asia|
|Area||78 km2 (30.1 sq mi)|
|Length||15 km (9.3 mi)|
|Width||3–9 km (1.9–5.6 mi)|
Koh Rong (Khmer: កោះរុង, also romanized as Kaôh Rōng or Kos Rong), is the second largest island of Cambodia. Contrary to widespread Western belief, its name does not translate to "Monkey Island". The Khmer word "rong or rung" means "cave".
Located in Koh Kong Province about 25 kilometers off the Sihanoukville's coast in the Gulf of Thailand, the island has an area of approximately 78 km2 and 43 km of beaches. Currently, there are four small villages: Koh Tuich, Dam Dkeuw, Prek Svay and Soksan. The island is also home to more than a dozen guesthouses and bungalows, many of them foreign-owned.
The island is part of the Koh Rong archipelago, a string of islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Like most of its neighboring islands, Koh Rong has had a land concession granted by the Cambodian government. The Royal Group has been granted a 99-year lease and has plans to build "Asia’s first environmentally planned resort island."
The French "Survivor" television program Koh Lanta was filmed on Koh Rong, near Soksan village in 2012.
Koh Rong is the biggest of the islands off the coast of Sihanukville/Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It stretches from southeast to northwest, is roughly elongate shaped and it encompasses an area of 78 square km.The terrain is predominantly hilly with a sizable mountain at the island’s north west. The hills provide water for countless creeks and estuaries. The island’s interior is almost completely forested, concealing a number of beautiful, seasonal waterfalls. Koh Rong has around 43 kilometers of beaches. There are no less than 23 beaches of varying length and coloration – from (predominantly) white to beige to rose-colored sands - along most of the coastline. Strikingly beautiful bays, stuck out capes and impressive sandstone rock formations contribute to the island’s illustrious panorama. The southern coastline - exposed to the weather and open sea, is particularly spectacular and capricious, whereas the northern coast, which faces towards the land, is characterized by a sequence of smooth hills, gently sloping towards the numerous beaches, inlets and bays. Several small islets and many reefs provide an abundance of natural environments for a great variety of marine life. The center of the island is a flat “belt” of sediments that joins the two hilly massifs of the southeast and northwest. Here is a small savanna - the result of human activities. Although most of the island's surface is still covered in forest, many years of illegal logging have seriously affected the quality and health of the jungle. Huge, old and slow-growing hardwood trees have become rare, the original arboreal variety is vanishing and gradually being replaced by commercial mono cultures, such as coco - and oil palms, in particular along the coast and in the lowlands.
Settlements and Infrastructure
There are 4 distinguishable villages on Koh Rong – Koh Tuich Village in the south, Prek Sway and Daum Skeuw in the northeast and Soksan Village in the northwest. Most people live from fishing, although an increasing number has found jobs in the quickly growing tourism sector. This is particularly true for Koh Tuich Village. Apart from paths in the jungle - many of these are dead ends and had been created by illegal loggers - there is absolutely no road network. Recent road clearings do foreshadow the island's future as a major tourist destination, promoted by The Royal Group. In September 2012 the island was hooked up with the internet via Sihanoukville. The Royal Group laid a fiberglass cable in the gulf's waters - a distance of almost 30 kilometers.
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