Koh Trong

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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,333 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Together with 25 other Anglo-Thai Society members, my wife and myself went on a oxen tour earlier today.

The carts come with suitable padding for two people and are towed along by a pair of oxen. By and large one travels along good tracks but now and again be prepared for the odd bump or two.

We certainly got off to a good start but as the tour progressed the oxen decided to slow down and the driver found it increasingly difficult to keep them in line. Eventually, he began handling them roughly and this resulted in one of them making a bolt towards one of the bushes!

At this point, we decided enough was enough and we opted to finish the tour back to our hotel by motorcycle taxi/Tuk Tuk. A shame as the rest of the group all finished with their oxen who had been on their best behaviour!

Worth doing but, hopefully, you won’t get a rogue ox and/or driver!
Written February 13, 2020
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Jane Esabella
Canadian Rockies, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
It is very nice place to stay on island at Koh Trong, it is peacefully place and there are no car on island, it has more bicycle and scotter on island and very to bike around island to visit some family for personal touch and taste grapefruit.
Written March 3, 2020
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About Cambodia Travel & Tours
Siem Reap, Cambodia663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
It is very nice island of Mekong River, it is best places to see the traditional house and the famous pomelo fruit from island.
Written February 16, 2022
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Rovermatt
Canberra48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
A beautiful sample of rural Cambodian life on an island in the middle of the mighty Mekong river, Koh Trong makes for a relaxing and visually stunning day trip out of Kratie. It is well worth exploring either for a couple of hours or an overnight home-stay.

Koh Trong is situated in the Mekong river immediately opposite the main riverfront of Kratie town. It is accessible by ferry (which depart roughly every 30 minutes each way and take 5-10 minutes to make the crossing), or you can hire one of the long-tail boats that usually loiter around the pier. On the Koh Trong side you will be deposited on the shore of a wide sandy beach, where you can either flag the local taxi service (an ox cart!) or walk along the bamboo path up to the small village nearby. This village is where the fun begins: some of the enterprising locals supplement their farming income by showing tourists around the island, and will be only to happy to organise a horse-cart, ox-cart or bicycles for you, depending on your preference (we took the horse cart as it was a bit faster, but the ox cart did look bigger and more comfortable than our chariot... take your pick).

The best thing to do on the Koh Trong is simply hire your transport and guide for the day, and head off around the island. There is really only one road around the edge of the island and a couple that cross the middle, so it is difficult to get lost - however, a guide is well worth the small additional cost as he or she will be able to point things out to you and tell you about life in rural Cambodia. There are a couple of interesting temples, a floating fishing village and some interesting old stilt houses, but all you really need to do is sit back, enjoy the ride and admire the beautiful bucolic scenery.

Your guide will most likely offer to take you to his or her family home for lunch or a look around. This is well worth doing: the warmth of the people is one of the highlights of any trip to Cambodia, and a visit to a family farm will be like stepping into another world (even more so than the step you have already made by visiting Koh Trong in the first place!). Your hosts will not ask for money if you do stay for lunch, but you should offer a small amount as a token of thanks for their hospitality - an extra few dollars can make a big difference.

We didn't stay overnight, but it is possible to do so by arranging a home-stay. We spoke to a few people back in Kratie who had done this, and they said it was magical - definitely one I will look into next time I am in the region!

If you are only in Kratie for a short time, it is possible to combine Koh Trong with the town's other main highlight, a visit to Kampi to see the endangered Mekong Dolphins, in a single day. I would suggest an early-ish start to visit Koh Trong in the morning, then head up to Kampi to catch the dolphins in the afternoon. Then of course unwind with a beer in one of the riverside stalls back in Kratie, watching the sun set over Koh Trong... now that really is magical!
Written October 5, 2011
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Livi B
Brighton, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you go to Koh Trong I would highly recommend booking and staying at Pomelo Homestay. Vireak and his family are so welcoming, as were all the other guests staying there at the time.
The food cooked by Vireak's mum is outstanding, and you get a real sense of their way of life. The tour he gives around the island is brilliant, we even got to visit a home in the floating village. I just can't recommend this enough.
My partner and I only stayed 1 night, and 3 nights prior in Kratie. If we had known how easy it is to nip across on the ferry we would have 100% done this the other way round and stayed at Pomelo longer.
Please go and visit this (for now) hidden gem!
Written February 21, 2019
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Or C
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
Got there by ferry 1000 riel for 1 way
You can rent there bicycle for 2 dollar
And start explore the island on the small road it has
Really peaceful everybody there smile
You have there some restaurants and homestays
It half day attraction
Just notice you don't miss the last ferry that has different times in winter and summer
Written December 5, 2016
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MonicaLynnejoh
Edmonton, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Much less garbage, well maintained, fantastic restaurant, and the islanders are so friendly. The ferry costs 0.50$ one way with a bike but it's more convenient to walk in and rent one on the island
Written May 10, 2015
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Olga M
Enschede, The Netherlands6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
Our experience in Pomelo Homestay was great. Vireal and his family are lovely and their house is wonderful and super clean. We ran into Vireal when we were asking for information at CDRTours in Kratie and we were not able to arrange a large tour for the day after because it was the 1st of January (holiday). Anton offered us to rent bikes to see the dolphins and spend the night at Koh Trong, at Pomelo homestay, and it was the best decision we could ever taken. We enjoyed local food, learned how to cook it, learned about local culture and life, we discovered Koh Trong island by bike, we harvested rice, and we went to see the dolphins and enjoyed the boat trip in the mekong.
We strongly recommend staying at Pomelo homestay. Thank you Vireal!
Written January 8, 2019
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
Koh Trong is a small island in the middle of the Mekong and is a popular place for tourists to visit, rent a bicycle and take the 10 km trail around the island. Boats leave every 15 or 20 minutes from the small pier near the market, costing 1000 per person or 2000 if you bring a bike.But no need to bring a bicycle because once you reach the island and walk 200m+ across the sand and up a path there is a lady with many bikes for rent, the better ones cost $2 and the others $1. I managed to find one dollar which seemed just as good as the $2 ones. There is a map of about 15 different attractions on the island that include a Vietnamese Temple, two Wats, a floating village, homestays and various other places where you may stop. The island offers you a chance to see rural life which is much different than Kratie town as you will see farmers, cattle, fields, water truck pulled by a horse, cattle pulling wagons, sandy beaches and friendly villagers. I spent about 3 hours on the island spending time at some simple cafes and taking a drink with the locals. On the east side of the island is a magnificent sandy beach but i am afraid it was uncomfortably hot for me, and apparently everyone else as i did not see any swimmers. So if you are ever in Kratie spend a half day on the island where there is even a small resort with a swimming pool.
Written March 22, 2017
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Chris D
Phnom Penh, Cambodia5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Business
A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Kratie town to an exceptionally beautiful island with lots of shady trees and friendly locals.

Have a cold drink or tasty fried noodles at Koh Trong Cafe (on south-west side of the island's round trail). Friendly owner. Try their tasty iced coffee with milk.

Don't miss a glance at the floating village - home to an ethnic Vietnamese community - in the south of the island.
Written January 14, 2017
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