Explore Activities in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

4 Rivers Floating Lodge is located on the Tatai River at the edge of lush rainforest at the base of the Cardamom Mountains. We offer Cambodia activities, exploration and adventure that makes the most of the unmatched beauty that defines this magical land.

Our floating jungle resort provides guests with an experience they won’t find anywhere else. With mountains, rainforests, and rivers as our backdrop, we offer a myriad of ways to explore and immerse yourself in this corner of The Kingdom of Wonder.

Besides our wide range of organised Cambodia activities and tours, we also have some complementary activities which are included in the price of your stay. These activities include unguided kayaking during the day and evening, when fireflies guide your way, and fishing from your villa’s private terrace.

As one of the top eco-friendly resorts in Asia, we’re dedicated to ensuring that you have the trip of a lifetime and learn about the wonderful country of Cambodia at the same time.

Our activities in Cambodia are designed for the traveller who wants a bit of adventure during their luxury holiday. Relax in your tented villa and then join us for one of our unique tours or activities. Each one is specially designed to show you the best of our stunning surroundings and the culture that defines them.

Below you’ll find information on all the amazing Cambodia adventures, tours and activities you can experience from our floating river lodge. Choose those that most appeal to you and your interests.

We look forward to hosting and entertaining you on your visit to Cambodia and showing you the true natural beauty of our tropical paradise.

Tatai Waterfall by Boat

Visit the famous Tatai waterfall also called Nature’s Spa, on a serene boat trip down the Tatai River. Be bold and climb the slippery rocks or simply relax to the sound of rushing water. This is a great way to refresh after a jungle hike.

Adventurous woman standing on white water

One of the must-sees of the region, a tour to Tatai Waterfall is offered every second day, alternating with a discovery tour deep in the mangroves to meet the fishing families in Koh Kong Khnong village and take in the sights and sounds of the jungle.

This tour can also be organised on a private basis for four guests or more (subject to boat and guide availability). Some degree of fitness is necessary to be able to fully enjoy this tour.

Away from the tranquility of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power as it drops six metres to the rocks below.

Your day, depending on the tide, starts at around 10am with a 45 minute boat ride past Tatai Village to the falls.

Turning into a tributary you head into the heart of the Cardamom rainforest accompanied by the far off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife. Within minutes you are at journey’s end, gazing down into the turbulent waters of the waterfalls.

Soon it’s time for lunch. Maybe take a few moments for a natural hydro-massage and a refreshing drink as you find some shade for a picnic and open your senses to the sights and sounds of the jungle. We will also have some kayaks available for you to try out for some extra fun and adventure.

After leaving the falls, depending on the season, we might stop at the mouth of a small river where you can kayak to a traditional Cambodian farm where you will see rice fields and tropical fruit trees.

Departure time:

About 10 am

Duration:

5 – 6 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves

Bring:

Water-shoes, a hat or cap, swimming costume, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and camera

Includes:

Cruise aboard a local boat, local guide, picnic lunch, bottled water

Minimum participants:

1

Price per person:

24.50$

Koh Kong Khnong Fishing Village

Take a walk deep through the mangroves of Koh Kong Khnong, taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful jungle and meeting the fishing families that call this slice of paradise home.

Another highlight of the Cardamom region, a tour to Koh Kong Khnong is offered every other day, alternating with the boat trip to the Tatai Waterfall (above).

This tour can also be organised on a private basis for four guests or more (subject to boat and guide availability).

Cambodian man sleeping in hammock

Leaving at around 10 am, depending on the tide, you will cruise deep into the mangroves to experience a rare glimpse of life among the fishing communities that live off the natural bounty of the Tatai River.

Drinks will be served enroute as you glide down the tributary to your fishing village destination. Once there you’ll spend time with these shy but friendly people. While the men tend their boats, the women skillfully and patiently mend their nets, whilst children play tag and football in the narrow alleyways between the stilt houses.

After visiting the local pagoda, school and some villager’s homes, a BBQ lunch will be served on the river beach.

On the way back to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in our boat and kayaks you’ll experience the pure magic of life among the mangroves.

Departure time:

About 10 am

Duration:

6 – 7 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves

Bring:

Water-shoes, a hat or cap, swimming costume, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and camera

Includes:

Cruise aboard a local boat, local guide, picnic lunch, bottled water

Restrictions:

The tour can be taken all year round except in very heavy rain

Prepare yourself for a full day of new local experiences and connections

Minimum participants:

1

Price per person:

19.50$

Dawn Jungle Hike

Following a quick, energising early morning coffee, grab your camera and we’ll venture into the rainforest, listening to the rainforest symphony on our dawn jungle trek. You’ll kayak upstream, then hiking through the lush jungle witnessing all the incredible flora and fauna that can be found there.

The Dawn Jungle Trek is offered on a daily basis for two guests or more.

Woman photographing nature in jungle

It’s your time to shine if you’re a bird watcher or early riser!

Enjoy firsthand the sights and sounds of the jungle as you venture forth into the undergrowth with your camera and experience the beauty of one of the world’s largest rainforests.

This trek offers a taste of the true jungle, an opportunity to observe small wildlife and birds, with the added bonus of some early morning exercise. You’ll get a real sense of achievement, whilst enjoying the early morning coolness of your beautiful surroundings.

After an early coffee in 4 Rivers Restaurant kayak upstream in the small channel right behind 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. Shortly after stepping onshore, there’s a fairly steep ascent to hike for about an hour. Near the top we’ll take a short break in a clearing to rest and enjoy the surroundings before returning to the lodge just in time for breakfast.

You may spot snakes, scorpions and spiders on the hike; some of which may be poisonous. However, there’s nothing to worry about as these creatures are shy and left alone will avoid human contact. Respect for nature and a live and let live policy are adopted.

Departure time:

About 7 am

Duration:

2 – 3 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves

Bring:

Hiking boots, a hat or a cap, sunscreen, mosquito repellent

Includes:

Local guide, coffee, bottled water

Restrictions:

The tour can only be taken in the dry season, from November to May

Minimum participants:

2*

Price per person:

15.00$

* Number of participants are subject to boat and guide availability.

Tatai River Sunset Cruise

Join us on our daily sunset cruise on the River Tatai to admire Cambodia’s bold, bright, and colourful sunset. It’s the perfect way to transition into evening and start your night with a spark of magic.

Cruising the Tatai River at sunset is the perfect way to start your evening. This relaxing sunset cruise is offered on a daily basis.

This can also be organised on a private basis for four guests or more (subject to boat and guide availability).

Family having fun on deck of boat

Leave your worries behind and cruise off into the Cardamoms’ stunning sunset aboard our boat.

Watch in awe as the sun paints the sky with colours that change from brilliant blues to deep yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. The spectacular changing light of sunset will add a whole new dimension to your 4 Rivers Floating Lodge experience.

Cruises the waters of Tatai River with its warm ocean breeze as the descending darkness embraces you in the lush green of the rainforest. The misty mountains appear closer as the tropical sun dips to the horizon and transforms the skies into a colourful spectacle.

Before the sun sets, with the calm waters and the natural sounds of the rainforest enhancing your relaxed mood, you can sit back and relax with a glass of wine or soft drink and indulge your senses on an unforgettable sunset river cruise. Toast the end of a perfect day in paradise as the sun’s flare dies down and the velvet darkness of night descends.

Departure time:

4:30 pm

Duration:

2 – 3 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves

Bring:

Mosquito repellent and your camera

Includes:

Cruise aboard a local boat, local guide, drink

Restrictions:

The tour can be taken all year round except in very heavy rain

Minimum participants:

4*

Price per person:

24.50$

* Number of participants are subject to boat and guide availability.

Koh Andet Island

4 Rivers Floating Lodge invites you to immerse yourself in the local culture with a walk into the life of the Khmer people on Koh Andet Island. Meet locals, view traditional Cambodian architecture, and see what it’s like to live a life on the river and in the jungle.

The walk around the Koh Andet Island is offered all-year-around for two guests or more (subject to guide availability).

Children playing in water with cow

Formerly a refuge from the Khmer Rouge, Koh Andet (Floating Island) is where 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is located. Today it is also a peaceful home to a dozen farming families.
While you might be tempted to be cocooned in the comfort of your tent, we strongly encourage you to share and learn about the lives of our neighbours. Meeting people from different cultures is one of the best reasons to step outside your tent. Cambodia is an enticing country, and the Khmers are graceful and charming, always ready to greet you with a big smile.

Take the opportunity to open your phrasebook, and practice the local language.

Taking a good portrait shot can be a photographer’s biggest challenge, but it’s not just about camera settings. Encounters with people and making friends with your subjects makes photography even more rewarding. The most important thing is to like the people, respect them and be genuinely interested in them.

This informal but deep experience will surely enrich your stay and memories.

Departure time:

Upon request

Duration:

1 – 2 hours OR as long as you are still enjoying yourselves

Bring:

Sunscreen, mosquito repellent and your camera

Includes:

Local guide

Restrictions:

The tour can be taken all year round except in very heavy rain

Cardamom Mountains Trekking

Outdoor adventure lovers, lace up your hiking shoes and join us for a trek in the Cardamom Mountains. See Cambodia like you’ve never seen it before, with gorgeous views of the rainforests and rivers below.

During the dry season we offer this trekking tour, which starts by motorbike, into the Trapeng Rung region of the Cardamom Mountains for a minimum of two guests.

Holiday trek to mountains and jungle

Prepare your hiking boots, put on some sunscreen, you’re about to embark on a jungle, mountain discovery.

After an early breakfast, at about 8 am, our boat will take you to Tatai to meet your guide. Since childhood, he was one of the best at doing what everybody had to do at that time to survive…logging and poaching. Leaving that life behind to join us as a tour guide, there’s seldom a question he won’t be able to answer about the Cardamom Mountains and jungle.

After a short briefing and you’ll depart on a soft but challenging discovery riding a motorbike, pillion behind your experienced driver. You’ll arrive at the entry point to the rainforest at around 9 am. This is where your trek begins. Rest assured, your guide will always be on the lookout for the smallest sign or presence of wildlife trace. You’ll be the first to know if he spots anything.

Your guide will show you the beauty of the Cardamom Mountains and rainforest, where you’ll enjoy the sound, the scent and the sight of this beautiful green environment.

Around 11.30 am, you’ll reach the Bat Cave, which also houses wild boars at night.

At 1.00 pm you’ll reach the first waterfalls where you’ll have your picnic lunch. You can enjoy swimming at these waterfalls for an hour, then at 2 pm it will be time to leave to explore more of the Cardamoms.

You’ll arrive at the 2nd waterfalls around 2 pm where you can enjoy yourselves for half an hour, before it’s time to leave the jungle.

Around 6.00 pm your motorbike driver will pick you up from the exit point, on Road #48 to take you to the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge dock to pick up your boat back to the lodge. There you’ll just have enough time for a hot shower before dinner.

Departure time:

8 am

Duration:

9 – 10 hours’, including around 8 hours of trekking

Bring:

Hiking boots, a hat or cap, swimming costume, sunscreen, mosquito repellent and camera

Includes:

A motorbike ride, local guide, picnic lunch, bottled water

Restrictions:

The tour can only be taken in the dry season between November to April. Pre-booking at least 7 days in advance is necessary.

Minimum participants:

2**

Price per person:

55.00$

** Only available from November to April; participants need to pre-book at least two (2) days before the activity.

In addition to the Cambodia activities and tours above it may also be possible to book a private tour or activity tailored just for yourself or your travel group. We’ll always do our utmost to accommodate your requests, so feel free to contact us via our contact form with any enquiries or you can speak to a member of staff upon your arrival.

IMPORTANT: All tours are subject to prevailing weather conditions. In case of very heavy rain or extremely low water, we reserve the right to cancel departures.

Private tours pre-booked within a travel agent package are not refundable.

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