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Tatai

If you are after pure unspoiled nature, Tatai is the place to go. Located on the western edge of Cambodia, close to the Thai border, this rural riverside town is home to the scenic 4 Rivers Floating Ecolodge.

Lying closely to the South Cardamom protected area, it is the ideal location to explore Cambodia’s untouched countryside, either by kayak or walking through the lush rain-forest; both of which are equally enjoyable for families and couples alike. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife that can be spotted here within the verdant mangrove forest as well as on the river. Colourful butterflies and fireflies at dusk can be spotted flitting about, whilst elusive creatures such as shorebirds, monkeys and even the rare leopard-print wildcat, pad through the surrounding jungle.

Quiet fishing communities also lie nearby, and the Tatai Waterfall is within walking distance of the Ecolodge, which is definitely worth a visit during your stay. Steadily flowing throughout the year, this natural wonder is more of a gently cascading waterfall rather than crashing a powerful current of freshwater, so forms comfortable pools – ideal for a dip on a hot day or after a long walk or boat ride.

Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and take a welcome relaxed break after a culture-rich tailor-made itinerary, most likely visiting the temples of Angkor, by connecting with the peaceful nature here. The breadth of activities on offer make it a great destination for those wanting a tranquil holiday away from the stresses of life back home. Our favourite way to de-stress is to swing on a hammock while admiring the river view, where clear fresh water meets verdant green forest behind. For those who like to keep active, one can almost never tire of all the exploring around the surrounding landscape.

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