I stayed for a week in a couple of places in M’Pay Bay. At one point I rented a boat and went around the island to explore other beaches and accommodation options, just in case I decide to come here again in the future.
Koh Rong Samloem is less developed than Koh Rong. Some beaches are totally empty or have just a few buildings that belong to Cambodian navy.
There are four beaches with some sort of accommodation: M’Pay Bay, Sunset Beach, Lazy Beach and Saracen Bay.
There are three places to stay here with the price range $20-50 per night. One can also find cheaper guesthouses and homestays in M’Pay Bay village ($3-10 per night).
M’Pay Bay Bungalows
Rustic wooden beachside bungalows, double bed, en-suite bathroom and private veranda. To the east from the village, British-owned, quiet, a few minutes walk to the Long Beach.
Price Range: $20, Tent $5
It’s not easy to find an accommodation in Siem Reap now. High season, most hotels are fully booked. The choice is between luxury and dorms. Agoda is not much help. I took a tuk-tuk and spent an hour or so inspecting hotels and guesthouses in central area. Either full or expensive or ugly or for one night only. Finally found a nice place called Golden Temple Villa Guesthouse. Centrally located (near Angkor Night Market, Pub Street, etc.), cheap (“4 star accommodation at 2 star rates” as their card says), quiet and artsy. Cosy rooms, garden, hammocks, buddha statues, restaurant, tour services, etc. They also give for free: tea and coffee, bananas, bicycle, 1 hour massage. Friendly smiling staff. I’m impressed.