Many things make 4 Rivers Floating Lodge special. The first is its unique location, only accessible by boat.
4 Rivers is made up of safari tents and floats on the Tatai River, opposite the small river island of Koh Andet. It’s named for the four rivers between Phnom Penh and Koh Kong province. With the Cardamom Mountains surrounding the lodge it’s definitely a hideaway in nature.
It’s still camping, or rather ‘glamping’, without the dirt, or crawling around to get into a ‘two-man’ tent. It’s a true retreat with no WiFi and very little mobile signal. The perfect place to get away from the busy world.
The 12 beige safari tents (which sleep two to three people) are erected on a platform that is moored to the bank of the river in the Cardamom National Park. There is an odd but not unpleasant sensation of buoyancy, especially during the wind and rain. The tents are large, 45 sq m, with a living and sleeping area and separate bathroom. The bathroom has an incredible wine barrel shower (unfortunately no wine). Three fans keep you cool, eliminating the hot, sweatiness that usually goes with camping, and I found that I didn’t miss air conditioning at all.
The environmental credentials also make the lodge special. It is incredibly low impact. If the tents and pontoon were dragged away, all traces of its existence would be erased in moments. Electricity comes from solar panels and a generator. Hot water is supplied through gas bottles but the Romanian and Filipina owners are working on installing more solar panels so that the lodge can be more self-sustaining.
4 Rivers will force you to relax and enjoy nature for a few days. There is no escape! The onboard restaurant provides all meals. You can fish or swim in the river, relax on your private sundeck or use one of the free kayaks.