How to Hike to the Beautiful Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Sanloem

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Koh Rong Sanloem is an up and coming Cambodian Island with some of the nicest beaches in Southeast Asia. While many are starting to be built up with guesthouses and hotels, you can still find seclusion at places like Lazy Beach in Cambodia. In fact, at the time of writing this the only way to get from Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach is by hiking! Once you arrive and grab a seat for the Lazy Beach sunset, you’ll see it was all worth the short walk through the jungle on Koh Rong Sanloem.

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Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach Cambodia

Your journey will start from the center of Saracen Bay to Lazy beach. In between the Leng Meng and GreenBlue Beach Bungalows, enter the the wide dirt trail.

There was some bigger trucks motoring around and it looked like they had just built the road, so it will be pretty apparent where to go. The entire walk takes about 30 minutes but leave yourself plenty of time to head back if you stay for sunset.

We should tell you there was plenty of construction on our last hike here. Let us know if anything has changed about the train in the comments!

Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach

Hiking to Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem

Honestly, we would call this more of a walk than a hike, but you’ll probably still want to wear shoes or decent sandals. About 10 minutes in you’ll reach the end of the wider trail and find a fork in the road. Head left, and NOT RIGHT HERE!

A right turn will take you towards Sunset Beach which is still worth going to, but that’s for another day. After the left you’ll head up a steep incline which is the hardest section of hiking to Lazy Beach. The rest of the trail is a flat sandy stretch mostly enclosed by forest.

Lazy Beach Cambodia Location

Hiking to Lazy Beach

Arriving at Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem 

Once you see the entrance sign you’ve made it to Lazy Beach Cambodia! Go left towards the restaurant and it will bring you to west side of the beach. It opens up to a small cove with, golden sands, clear ocean water, and lush green mountains in the background.

Now you can relax… You’ve made it to paradise! Lazy Beach Bungalows are the only restaurant and hotel on this beach. So even in the peak of the day you should only be sharing it with a few other travelers. It’s easy to see why National Geographic named this on their recent top beaches in the world list!

Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem

Other Things to Know About Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem

Tides: Lazy Beach has extreme high and low tides. This means the water will go all the way in at high tide, but you’ll have to walk out a bit to reach it during the low period.

Sand: Completely opposite from the white sands of Saracen Bay, Lazy Beach has soft golden brown sand. This gives it a unique look to the rest of the beaches on the Koh Rong Islands. Even with the different colored sand, the water is still crystal clear at Lazy Beach in Koh Rong Sanloem!

Snorkeling: The clear blue water also makes Lazy Beach a great snorkeling spot. Rent masks for $2 USD from the restaurant, and head to the far end of the beach to see many tropical fish.

Other Animals: During our short hike to Lazy Beach we saw monkeys, cows, lizards, and toucan-like birds that call the jungle home. As long as you keep to yourself you shouldn’t be in any danger!

Relaxing: This is the perfect spot to escape the commotion of Saracen Bay and disconnect. The hotel/restaurant doesn’t even offer wifi so you’ll truly be able to get away and enjoy the beautiful beach.

Sunset at Lazy Beach Cambodia

Many people head to Sunset Beach, but you can actually get just as good of a view here! There’s also 3 hotels on Sunset Beach so hiking from Saracen Bay to Lazy Beach is a great alternative.

Some days the sun might dip behind the mountains, while others you’ll get a full on view as it sets into the ocean. Just make sure you start hiking back before it gets too dark!

Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem Sunset

Have any questions about this article or want to share your own tips for Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem? Comment below!

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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Where To Stay In Koh Rong Sanloem

Ultra Luxury – The One Resort – Looking for absolute luxury in Koh Rong Sanloem? The One Resort is a top of the line hotel with state of the art bungalows. This is a great place to relax if you have some extra cash to spend. Not that you need it with the clear blue ocean in front of you, but it’s also one of the only places with a beachfront pool on the island.

Fun Vacation – Bamboo Jam – As if the setting on Saracen Bay wasn’t enough, once you see the design and unique decor of Bamboo Jam it will be tough to leave! The comfy chairs and hammocks right on the water is everything you need to enjoy an island vacation.

Hostel Life  – Onederz Koh Rong Sanloem – Right on the main strip, this is the perfect hostel to meet others, soak in the sun, and enjoy the island. Also, perfect walking distance to catch the Lazy Beach sunset. This hot spot sells out fast so make sure to book in advance!

For more places to stay near Lazy Beach Koh Rong Sanloem you can explore the latest prices here!

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 Flights: We always find deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we got flights from Thailand to Siem Reap Cambodia for under $50 USD!

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 Accommodation: Compare competitive sites for hotels such as Booking.com and Agoda. Also, Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget. 

Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Cambodia. You can book everything from an Angkor Wat small group sunrise tour to visiting the Kompong Phluk floating village, and even take a Cambodian pottery class

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4 Comments

  1. January 25, 2021 / 5:43 am

    Interesting article, but not fully accurate. You can also take a boat to to Lazy Beach if and only if you are staying at the resort. (It is all privately owned and the owner will not allow other boats to land).
    There is also 4 places to stay on Sunset beach, offering bungalows, tents, tipis, and dorms, although they are not all open due to the Pandemic.

    The hike to Sunset beach is more of a true jungle hike, up and over the mountain, so there are less casual dayhikers. You can also hire a boat, but it will cost you ~$50.

    I have a few pictures from Sunset Beach in my Cambodia gallery, if you want to see what it is like.

    • Brigitte
      January 26, 2021 / 9:39 pm

      Hi Tristan! We loved this beach and have always had a great time while visiting Cambodia. Thanks for the updated information about the range of accommodations on Sunset Beach.

    • Brigitte & Jake
      September 4, 2019 / 1:41 pm

      Anytime! This beach is amazing (:

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