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 627 Reviews
Absolute Magic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really special place! My sister and I were treated like royalty by Paulo and the team which made for a truly memorable stay.

The floating platforms weren’t available due to the flash floods but this really didn’t make any difference - the tents were on the island from which the platforms were previously attached and they were wonderful. We got the full tent experience whilst being surrounded by a tropical paradise.

The food was top notch with any dietary requirements taken care of. We did two tours during our stay including one to visit a local village, paddle through the mangroves and then on to watch the sun go down. Not something I do everyday and an experience I’ll never forget.

We went fully prepped for mosquitos in the evening but there were none. I’m not sure if we were lucky but compared with the numbers of mozzies elsewhere in Cambodia it was welcome respite.

This wonderful place is definitely worth a visit!

Place of tranquillity and fantastic people
Reviewed 6 months ago

Recently spent 5 days at the 4 Rivers, what an amazing place! The people at the lodge made the visit something we'll never forget, we were sad to leave and left feeling like we are now part of their family. Can't wait to go back to see Anna, Ravy and the rest of the crew again.

made to feel like royalty
Reviewed 6 months ago

We stayed for 3 nights , had an amazing time. As we were the only people there everyone couldn't do enough for us. We were lucky and the trips were tailored to our needs. One day when i wasn't feeling too well Anna arranged a lovely massage for me.
The food is amazing , beautifully presented easily match a top London restaurant and all from someone whose was only 18. Definitely worth a visit for a few nights to relax away from it all

4 Rivers Floating Lodge
Reviewed 6 months ago

Experiencing 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is communing with nature in its truest sense. It humbled me in ways I cannot comprehend. The tasks and responsibilities I left at home seemed so mundane when I heard the story behind this remote paradise on earth. The experience taught me to listen to the music of the earth, nurtured my soul by the sunrise, rains, rivers , stars and trees. It is not only the indescribable beauty and tranquility of this place that captured me but the warmth and sincerity of the people protecting this haven.

A feast for the eyes!
Reviewed 6 months 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"