4.5
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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 641 Reviews
An eco-friendly hideaway in the Cardamon Mountains
Reviewed 1 day ago

This beautiful, unspoiled accommodation is located down a beautiful tropical river on an island. As other reviewers have said, the new floating rooms are still being constructed, but don't let that stop you from coming here. The service and experiences they offer are amazing. The staff is exceptional.

An Unspoiled Tropical Paradise!
Reviewed 2 days ago

An unspoiled tropical paradise. Luxurious tent accommodations in a landscape of palm trees and orchids in the sand. Hikes through a tropical forest and swimming in pristine tidal river pools. The staff was welcoming, open, friendly and knowledgable. My husband was skeptical at first but the charming staff won him over and he had a great time. It was a once in a lifetime experience.

Amazing!
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our last hotel on our Cambodian holiday...….and boy, what a way to finish! The hotel doesn't have floating lodges at the moment due to an unforeseen river problem last year but they have land lodges that we stayed in which were simply fantastic! It is an eco place so there is no air conditioning but each lodge has large fans which were more than adequate for us.
The lodges were spotless, the beds were so comfortable, the bathrooms to die for!
We couldn't see a negative in the time we stayed there (four nights). The staff were so helpful. We went on trips to the Tatai Waterfalls and swam in the lakes there, we went on the jungle trip, we swam in the river daily which is beautifully clean, we sunbathed on our large decking patios, we visited the local school, we kayaked around the mangroves and the husbands went fishing. Most of these activities were with Piroom who couldn't do enough for us, he was great.
The food was out of this world. Their chef should be crowned as one of the top chefs in the world. We have been fortunate to eat in some of the top restaurants around the world and this should be in the top ten. If you want excellent clean food, this is the place to come.
There genuinely wasn't one negative thing for us to talk or write about. We had lumps in our throats when we were leaving, we will definitely return in years to come.
What they have achieved here is simply amazing. We will recommend to all of our friends to get out there.
There is no wifi, which was just wonderful!
Thank you to all the staff at this fabulous hotel. We are not going to mention any particular individual as they were all marvellous.
We didn't want to leave you which just goes to show how amazing our time with you was. Good luck for the future and your reinstalling of the over water lodges.
We will be back.

What a location !
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very special place.
At the moment there are only 5 units on land, not floating.
The new floating ones are being built/ repaired after the floods of last year. So, right now it is paradise. It’ll be a bit busier when all the new units arrive. The views of the river from the land based family units will be compromised.
The staff were all fantastic. The service exceptional.
The room was spacious, comfy bed, room safe , good food.
The shower soaked the entire bathroom floor so wet feet for everyone, and the bedside lights looked nice but were of no use for reading.
The trip on the river to the waterfall , and also the one to see fireflies , are really worth doing.
No WiFi, no radio, no television.. a great escape from our stressful world.

Paradise
Reviewed 1 month ago

Must visit!
Perfect place to relax and unwind. We were able to see dolphins and otters when we took the sunset tour. We also took a tour to see how the locals lived which was very eye opening and heart warming. Great food, Warm staff, AMAZING VIEWS. Truly a one of a kind experience
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