This was one of the shortest trips I’ve done, but I have to say, the most memorable and the most amazing trip I have done this summer. Not because I did cooler things than trekking on elephants and have an awesome story to tell like going to the beach in a container truck but because it was truly a time spent with family, appreciating time, isolation, nature and the beauty of serenity. I had heard of Koh Kong and if you remember, back when I wanted to do a road trip and was planning my routes to and back from Bangkok, it was on my list. After that plan failed, we’ve been just traveling in and around Cambodia.
One of the things I’ve been really interested in lately has been resorts, especially eco-resorts. So when we found out about an eco-lodge in Cambodia, specifically in Koh Kong, we were thrilled! The place we were going to, 4 Rivers Eco-lodge sounded amazing. And trust me, it was. From what you’ve read so far in my posts, I’m a budget traveler. I don’t mind sacrificing some luxuries for cheap and reasonable price. However, this was one of our last family trips and we were going to make it memorable.
4 Rivers is not cheap. The range is about $135 – $220 per night depending on the types of the room. There are basically 12 tents in all in a long line. With a lobby tent in the middle, there are six on each side. All of them floating in a single line connected by a wooden walkway. At first I thought, it’s an eco-lodge, floating, in the middle of nowhere, I don’t expect something too fancy. I was wrong, it was one of the most clean and beautiful places I’ve stayed in. Each room had a lovely touch to it decorated with wood and colors of red. Each tent had a balcony in which you could jump right into the river for a swim.
Booking is not easy like many other hotels in Cambodia where all you have to do is call and tell them your name, show up, stay and pay at the end. Since there are limited number of rooms, you have to pay before hand. If you are not in Phnom Penh, I think it becomes complicated. We called, booked two rooms but it wasn’t confirmed until we visited one of their offices at Cambodiana Hotel and paid around 50% of the amount. Cambodiana Hotel is not hard to find.. it’s on the way to the riverside right next to Himawari Hotel. The office was a little hard to find and we had to ask around. After peeking into several doors, we still couldn’t find it. I think we were caught lost on the security camera because eventually someone came down and asked us what we were looking for. They were more than happy to take us to the office themselves. After that, all we had to do was sign papers and pay. Done!
Getting there is a bit tricky especially because there aren’t too many buses that go to Koh Kong. I may be wrong. However, I know that the resort can sort something out for you. In order for you to get into Koh Kong city, you have to cross 4 BIG bridges – there are many small ones on the way. To get to the resort however, you cross 3 bridges and stop right before the 4th one and go under the bridge. There, you will find nothing but water and a patch of land. However, on the wall, it will read “4 Rivers Lodge, call xxx-xxx-xxx.” Call that number, tell the resort you are there and someone wearing the 4 Rivers Lodge t-shirt will come find you, load your things in their boat and take you there. Check-in time is not until 2pm so you might want to coordinate that well!
If you drive there yourself, there is a parking area with a security guard so that should be all settled! Once you get in the boat, it’s a 20-30 minute long boat ride deep into the river. Not complaining though because the view along the way is just beautiful. The river is not as muddy and dirty-looking as the mekong river in the city. It’s quiet, calm and relaxing.