4.5
Very Good 620 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Fantastic cooked-to-order breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
  • Utter seclusion, deep in the Cambodian wilderness
  • Falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle
  • Wonderful free boat transfers to/from Tatai
  • It may be remote, but the road from Phnom Penh to Tatai is excellent
  • Exceptionally friendly local staff
  • There’s no TV reception, but there’s a DVD library if you want to disconnect from nature
  • WiFi is free in public areas and some tents

What To Know

  • There is a two-night minimum
  • Although tents are decently spread out, they’re still tents; noise travels easily
  • There are fewer creepy-crawlies than you’d expect, but you’ll need mosquito repellent in the dry season (November to April)
  • Tents are laid out in one long line, so you walk behind the others to reach yours, making them bounce slightly. Request one at the end for the least disturbance
  • Hot water and WiFi can be intermittent
  • There is no air-con in the tents, but there are fans
  • Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence during wet season (May to October)
  • The remote location means you have to eat on property; a three-course dinner costs about $19.50

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

You’ll either love 4 Rivers Floating Lodge or you’ll hate it. Luckily, it will be clear at first glance which side of the fence you’re on. An amenity addict who can’t sleep without a turned-down bed, a long hot bath and a pillow menu? Don’t bother. Want to experience a place, and like the idea of being cut off from the rest of mankind? Welcome to 4 Rivers.

This is, technically, glamping — there are 12 large tents plonked on a wooden platform, fanning out from a central gazebo-cum-reception-area and restaurant. Inside, each tent has a large bedroom with King or Twin beds, a chaise longue and a TV/DVD player. The expansive bathroom has a proper toilet and sink, and a waist-high barrel that acts as a shower tub. It’s so classy you’d never think you were in a tent — were it not for the 360-degree views from the “windows,” which roll open and closed, depending on your modesty.

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4 Rivers has some of the amenities of a decent hotel — exceptional local staff, comfortable rooms, a wonderful restaurant that elevates Cambodian food to its highest form — but it lacks others. WiFi is free in public areas and some tents, but it’s intermittent due to weather conditions (I was there in the rainy season, and it cut out during every downpour). You’ll inevitably come across some creepy-crawlies during your stay, though a strict no-food policy in the guestrooms means your meeting is unlikely to take place indoors (I am mosquito catnip, but the couple of bites I got were incurred on a boat trip).

And gushing hot water isn’t a given; of the four showers I took, only one was hot, and after one storm the water gave up completely. But then, you’re unlikely to want a steaming shower in the jungle heat — and anyway, once you’ve sat on your terrace and watched the mist rise off the river in the morning, or the sunset drenching the sky in luminous colors, the minor irritations will fade, and you’ll realize just how special this place is.

How to Get There

4 Rivers Floating Lodge
Tatai
Tatai, 9253 Cambodia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 620 Reviews
A feast for the eyes!
Reviewed 19 hours ago

"4 Rivers is a haven. A place one can go to to be with nature. To unwind. To relax. To recharge. It's a place where you can be yourself because of the privacy it offers its guests. Awesome staff. Very clean glamping site. A place I will definitely come back to and highly recommend
to whoever is looking for a different kind of paradise, because that's what 4 Rivers is. A paradise. A feast for the eyes. A rest for a weary soul"

4 Rivers - beyond expectations!
Reviewed 21 hours ago

4 Rivers Lodge is probably the best glamping place this side of the earth. Food is just great (really good Khmer food!), staff so attentive, courteous, and friendly, eco-tourism at its finest, protected rain forest, fireflies, croak of frogs, return of hornbills, polite locals, very entertaining big boss, inspiring stories and advocacies, peaceful surroundings where animals get the same love and respect as people, genuine concern for the villagers. I am humbled yet proud that I got to be part of all this even for 2 days. My heart is full.

For nature, for adventure, for romance, 4 Rivers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you crave tranquility, unspoilt natural “eco” environment and a slow pace of life - but with friendly service and good food, this is a wonderful place. The lodge’s manager, Paolo, helped make the 3 nights we had here really enjoyable - he speaks excellent English, is calm and polite and really helpful. We were overwhelmed with attentive friendly help from his team. We swam in the river, kayaked among mangroves, hiked in the jungle, visited a local school and learned lots about this remote part of Cambodia. You have to want to understand and feel local life. If that’s you, this is top class. Fine food, beautifully presented - a luxurious and privileged way to experience the Koh Kong.

Unique experience in Cambodia!!
Reviewed 1 month ago

This place is SO unique and authentic that we didn’t want to go! The food is extremely delicious, we tried different meals the three nights we stayed and seriously, all of them where more than great. Strawberry mouse with pineapple for dessert is a must! The breakfast is all you can eat and they have pancakes with honey and lemon, just the best ones!! The service is personalized, they know what you really like to make your holiday even more special. We went to Tatai Waterfall with a private tour guide, his name was Darong and we had an amazing time with him! He even help us to go with a kayak everywhere we wanted. Loved the experience!

The most awesomely beautiful place
Reviewed 1 month ago

My husband and I stayed at this magical place for five of the best days of our lives quiet and extremely peaceful. The staff and guides were more than helpful and absolutely nothing was a problem. We were lucky to have Anna the owner in situation what a truly dedicated woman she is to the place and people. Please visit this incredible spot in the world 👍👍😊😊