And now for something a little different! 4 Rivers is a luxurious floating ecolodge on the Tatai River on the edge of the Cardamom Mounatins, near the Cambodian coast. A beautiful setting, off-beat and remote.
Opening its doors in 2010, the lodge is surrounded by some of the most pristine forest remaining in South-East Asia. The stated vision was to offer ‘genuine luxury in harmony with Mother Nature’, and also to ‘engage the local community in promoting an environmentally aware footprint’. Mission accomplished on both counts.
The lodge is only accessible by boat and, once settled in, it provides a surprisingly comfortable base (considering you are under canvas on a floating platform) from which to explore one of Cambodia’s remotest regions. There are a total of 12 African safari-style tents, all erected on anchored floating platforms built using only environmentally friendly materials. The use of wood has been limited. Each tent is equipped with en-suite facilities with hot and cold running water, flat-screen TV’s and DVD player, air-conditioning units, ceiling fans and a terrace. This last one transpires to be the most important feature – late evenings and early mornings spent listening to nothing but the sounds of the river and the forest are priceless.
At the heart of the lodge is a central restaurant, library and communal terrace. The ‘open’ pool (using river water) is due to open very soon and the lodge also offers a superb choice of activities and tours including kayaking and trekking, as well as boat trips to remote fishing communities.
Tatai (nearest town to 4 Rivers Eco Lodge) is a 20 minute drive from Koh Kong City, which in turn is four hours from Phnom Penh or three hours from Sihanoukville. From Tatai you take a 10 minute ride on the resort speedboat or 25 minute boat ride on their larger cruise boat.