Tatai River & Falls

Chris Lewis

Tatai River & Falls

The Tatai River and waterfalls are set in the dense, lush green surroundings of the Cardamom rainforest. While not the largest of falls, they are set in beautiful surroundings with beautifully clear water, making a great spot for a relaxing swim. The best way to approach the falls is on a long-boat which you can hire from near Tatai Bridge (18km from Koh Kong). A long-boat will cost around $16 and will meander up the river though surrounded by forest. Keep alert to see what wildlife you can spot. If making your own way here, just head down to the river at the start of Tatai bridge to hire a local boat. The easiest way to organise the trip is through one of the many tour operators in town. You could also hire a tuk-tuk for around $15 return. You can get here by hiring a moto, although the signs are all in Khmer so you're quite likely to get lost without the use of GPS maps. If you want to make your own way here, follow Phnom Penh road (NR48), then 3km after crossing the Tatai bridge you will see a dirt track fork off to the right. Follow this dirt track 1.6km and take the first right and you will come to the end of the track. It's a short walk down the trail in front of you to the falls. It's recommended you lock up your bike. *TIP* - If you go in the morning you are likely to have the falls all to yourself. There are no food/drinks vendors around so remember to bring food, water and sunscreen. *CAUTION* - Climbing over the rocks around the falls can be slippy and sharp. So be careful to avoid getting cuts or falling and getting swept into an area of rough water. River sandals are pretty useful here. *CAUTION* - The area is remote, and we have seen a report of a local trying to force himself on a girl.

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