This is special; seeing Cambodia’s Tatai River aboard 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, surrounded by nature with the comfort of luxury guest tents.
Where is it?
Floating on a bend in the Tatai River in south-west Cambodia a four-hour drive from Phnom Penh
Why is it amazing?
Twelve eco-conscious tents, a library, restaurant and bar are suspended over a series of wooden platforms on a serene and very private part of the Tatai River in the Cardamom Mountains.
Rich in wildlife – including Indonesian tigers and wild Asian elephants – the Cardamoms are otherwise known as the last great tropical wilderness of South-East Asia. Miles from civilisation, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge offers an affordable wilderness escape in this little-explored corner of the world, but with full services at your fingertips.
The fan-cooled canvas tents, each spanning 45 square metres, evoke thoughts of an African safari, but with wooden bathtubs, flat-screen TVs, and private decks with cosy sunbeds. Catch a fish from your deck and ask the chef to prepare amok, the local specialty; borrow a kayak to explore the mangrove forests and fishing village of Koh Sralau; or with fresh coconut juice in hand, just watch the world go by.
Don’t leave without
Visiting the serene Tatai Waterfall, a series of cascading falls surrounded by lush rainforest, 45 minutes upstream in an old wooden boat.
When to go
November to February for cooler temperatures and sunny weather.
From $130 single occupancy ($153 double) including breakfast; +855 976434032; ecolodges.asia