Smaller and quieter than Koh Rong, Samloem is an island off the coast of Sihanoukville, reachable by slow ferry or speed boat. There are no roads in the island so the only way to move around is trekking through the jungle or by boat for 5$ per trip. This means you should decide where to go in the island before getting there. These are the main options:
Mpei Bay – the main town in the island with plenty of budget accommodation, cheap eats and beach parties. Khmer families live here. There is a nice beach 10 min walk south. Don´t miss the 6$ all you can eat buffet dinner at The Fishing Hook restaurant with seafood, fish and the best vegan and vegetarian dishes I had in Cambodia.
Clearwater Bay: Driftwood hostel is the only option here, is only 4$ per night to sleep in the 16 bedroom dorm but the food menu is really basic and pricey, they charge 1$ for a raw carrot !. Is 45 min walk from Mpei Bay. The 2km long private beach is really beautiful, clean with hammocks and swings to chill.
Mad Monkey: this party hostel has a private beach. Location is very secluded and you can either get here by boat or about an hour hike from Saracen Bay. Accommodation prices start at 9$ in a 12 bed dorm and 40$ for a private bungalow. They offer jungle treks and boat trips.
Saracen Bay. With the whitest softest sandy beach I have never seen, Saracen Bay has established as the main tourist area on the island, with more than a dozen bungalow and villa resorts. There is not much of a backpacker vibe here as is full of package-holiday turist.
Sunset Beach: a truly hidden paradise, super quiet and beautiful beach with breathtaking sunsets. You can get there trekking about 40 min from Saracen Bay or by boat. Really basic accommodation here starting for 5$ a dorm in both Huba Huba or the scuba diving resort. There are more comfortable accommodation available here at Robinson bungalow or Sleeping trees from 13$.
Lazy Beach: similar to Sunset Beach, reachable in 20 min walk from Saracen Bay. Very quiet place as there is only one place to stay and eat there. Not much of a backpacker vibe.