With its unique riverside setting on the edge of the South Cardamom Mountains protected reserve, Rainbow Lodge offers its guests a true insight into a side of Cambodia many visitors fail to see.
What to experience ?
Rainbow Lodge is a purpose built eco-lodge situated on the Tatai River on the edge of the South Cardamoms Protected Forest in southwest Cambodia. Travellers are able to experience first hand the sights and sounds of the jungle, mountains and rivers in a stunning natural environment, whilst learning about issues that face the community, flora and fauna.
Each bungalow has an individual personality, not only due to the view it provides but also in its tasteful soft-furnishing co-ordination with a colour of the rainbow. All bungalows have a view of the stunning landscape overlooking the River, with a private balcony: a perfect place to relax watching the birds and numerous butterflies.
All bungalows have an ensuite bathroom with shower, flush toilet and basin. An electric fan, mosquito net and screens on the doors and windows are provided for added comfort. The formula includes all meals serving a delicious buffet of various tastes mindful of vegetarians.
Their treks offer a taste of the true jungle, an opportunity to observe wildlife and has the added bonus of a stunning locations to swim, relax and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Guided treks, kayaking and overnight camping provide opportunities for the adventurous whilst its peaceful location means it is great for just getting away from it all and enjoying the beauty of nature by the Tatai river.
How does it help ?
From its inception Rainbow Lodge has tried to mitigate its environmental impact by the design of its bungalows, in the traditional style and sympathetic to the local habitat.
Rainbow Lodge relies on solar power and is self sufficient for water with a locally built reservoir on the property. At least 95% of their power coming from solar sources. They also adopt a reduce-reuse-recycle policy throughout the Lodge.
Drinking water is provided from filtered rainwater and environmentally friendly cleaning products are used where possible. A natural soak away system is in place for human waste which does not affect any water source. Biodegradable soaps are provided to guests.
They use local produce to benefit the local economy, with as much food as possible sourced seasonally and locally, helping local farmers and fishermen.
Rainbow Lodge is working with the community and in particular to resolve problems associated with the rising numbers of tourists such as rubbish collection. Dustbins and collection have been donated to out of the village fund and by Rainbow Lodge itself within the community. They organised a volunteer ‘village litter pick-up” donating dustbins and T-shirts to mark the event, as well as 100 books on the subject and a celebratory BBQ in which the whole community became involved.