Like a rare butterfly, Cambodia has emerged from a troubled past to show off its beauty.
Away from the tourist trail to ancient civilisations there is another country . . . a land of unspoilt virgin forest.
Remote but accessible, getting to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is your opportunity to acclimatise yourself to the country, the region and its always smiling, welcoming people. The resort is ideally situated in Tatai, next to the Thai border halfway between Bangkok and Phnom Penh (via Koh Chang).
Highway 48 cuts straight through the jungle, with dramatic views of the magnificent Cardamom Mountains. Tatai is 20 minutes by car from Koh Kong City, four hours from Phnom Penh or three hours from Sihanoukville.
You embark at the steps of the bridge in the village of Tatai; in our boat the trip downstream the bridge to the resort takes less than 10 minutes with our speed boat or 25 minutes with our cruising boat.
If eco-tourism conjures up visions of uncomfortable beds, leaky tents and songs round a campfire, 4 Rivers is not for you. Our vision for the perfect vacation in unspoilt surroundings is to offer top-of-the-line luxury in harmony with Mother Nature, to give her a chance to impress you with an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colours and images. With their origins in the safari veldt of Africa's game parks, each of the 12 double and twin-bed tented villas is, at 45sqm, a space age wonder combining luxury with practicality.
Cocooned in comfort and surrounded by top-quality furnishings and decoration, each villa has flat-screen television, Wi-Fi and mini-bar. Not that DVD movies, messages and recorded sound will be any match for the natural wonders you will witness from your private extra-large sun-lounger balcony where you can enjoy an afternoon snack or a sunset cocktail.
Relax and let your senses take over with the rustling sound of a small creature in the tangled undergrowth on the shoreline, a flash of colour as a bird rises out of the jungle and the cymbals, bells and musical notes of a traditional roneat ek (xylophone) blowing in the wind.
Start your day waking up to the sights and muted sounds of the Cardamom mountains. As the mist clears over the water, there is little to disturb the natural calm other than the plop and splash of a feeding fish, the startled cry of a far-off bird and the growl of a predator returning home after a kill.
Away from the stress and pressure of everyday life, 4 Rivers is the ultimate vacation hideaway where you quickly forget where you came from.
Kayaking down river with or without our experienced local guide, explore the mangrove waterways that reach back into the jungle, team up with some locals and try your hand at fishing for your supper.
Excursions can be arranged to Tatai Waterfall, Koh Kong on the border with Thailand, local markets in nearby villages or discover the customs, natural cures and beliefs of the Cambodians that have lived in the Cardamom mountains and its forests for generations.
Or maybe it’s spoil-yourself time for a refreshing swim in the river or just lounge by the restaurant terasse and its amazing view for the sunset.
Krong Kaoh Kong, Tatai, Kambodża