Koh Russey, or Bamboo Island as it is often referred to, is a lush tropical island, located just 30-minutes by private car and speedboat from Sihanoukville airport. It is the home to the luxurious Alila Villas Koh Russey, which opened in November 2018.
The emerald green island is one of a small handful which make up the Koh Rong archipelago in southwestern Cambodia, huddled together in the glittering Gulf of Thailand. For many years the island served as an outpost for the Cambodian navy, and nowadays the sailors are gone, and the island has made way for discerning travellers in search for somewhere quiet and under the radar. The lush jungle landscape pre-dates the sleek designs of the new Alila Villas, and huge old palm trees and verdant jungle covers the island in thick blankets. With secluded patches of beach ideal for private picnics or early morning yoga, and snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in the warm waters, Bamboo Island is like an outdoor playground and perfect for exploring opportunities. Or simply relax on the beach under the cool shade of fluttering palm tree leaves – here, there are no rules!
Cambodia’s coastline offers something very different from the more built up beaches of neighbouring Vietnam and Thailand. This region has managed to avoid mass tourism and is still an undeveloped gem, and we hope it will remain that way for many years to come! Koh Russey is an ideal respite after the dusty temples of Angkor or the bustling traffic-filled streets of Phnom Penh. Or even a fantastic start or end for a tailor-made itinerary which lazily meanders along the coastline, stopping off at Kep for its famous fresh crab, the private island of Song Saa for unabashed island luxury, enchanting fishing villages and historic towns on the main land, deserted tropical beaches and virgin rainforests.
For those really wanting to get away from it all, this is the part of Cambodia to get to.
Features in the following itineraries
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka