Camp in comfort: Southeast Asia’s top glamping spots
FORGET mud and mess, think more glam and gorgeous.
Have you always wanted to go camping but the thought of sleeping alongside the creepy crawlies is too much to bear? Or perhaps the sheer thought of the intense heat trapped inside a tent, with no way of cooling it down makes your palms sweat? What about showers, clean toilets, and wild animals?
Fret no longer, as glamping is here to save the day.
The concept of glamping allows travelers to be immersed in nature while being super comfortable in pre-pitched tents, equipped with bathrooms and fitted with divinely dreamy beds.
With the rise of stunning glamping spots across Asia, you can finally fulfill your desire to camp-in-comfort.
Check out these beautifully serene and adventurous glamping spots, where you can feel close to nature and clean at the same time.
The resort is only an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and is easily accessible via taxi or train.
Here you can find the lake surrounded by bamboo huts, picnic spots and a tree house. The lake offers all-day activities such as rafting, swimming, diving and perfecting your rope swing technique to land seamlessly in the water – its harder than it looks.
You can also whizz over the lake on the fly-foxing zip wire and a zoom around the resort on ATVs (quad bikes).
After you’ve finished being a fast-paced adventurer, head down to one of two onsite restaurants to enjoy either traditional Malaysian food or Western-inspired pub grub.
If you’re not too tired from the day’s activities, take a turn on the karaoke stage where you can learn a new Malaysian song or sing your heart out to classics from Celine Dion and Justin Timberlake.
A stay here truly is giving back to the community as the resort is built on indigenous Orang Asli Temuan land. So you can have fun, safe in the knowledge that your money is helping a community to thrive.
Just 10 minutes away from Legoland in Johor, glampers can find pre-pitched tipi-style tents fitted with queen-sized beds, bedside tables, benches and all the other creature comforts you’d want for a luxurious stay.
Stroll through the rainforest and get in touch with nature at the nearby waterfalls of Kota Tinggi and Johor. Pop your adventure cap on and get involved with Canopy Tribes’ fantastic variety of adrenaline-inducing activities. Traverse rivers and explore the rainforests, take an ATV tour and visit the nearby crocodile farm.
By night, you can sing by the campfire and toast marshmallows before heading out on a firefly cruise where you can watch the fireflies dance in synchrony and light up the night sky.
This resort may blur the lines between glamping and pure luxury, but we just couldn’t leave it off the list.
Found on Tioman Island just off the coast of the Malaysian peninsular, JapaMala rustic eco-luxe resorts is surrounded by azure-blue waters and shrouded in a vibrant mix of emerald and olives green rainforest.
The resort offers guest 13 wooden villas which have been designed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
Guests can enjoy a fun selection of the resort’s activities while on vacation, including snorkeling with the tropical fish, scuba diving, and fishing.
If you’re more of a land bunny, relax on the golden beaches or trek through the jungle and admire the 150-million-year-old rainforest.
Travelers looking to connect with nature without getting down and dirty can relax at this safari-style retreat.
Set on a quiet rice terrace on the outskirts of Ubud, the sublime tranquillity at this retreat offers guests a getaway from the bustling city of Ubud.
Guests can enjoy a glass of wine while taking a dip in their private pool, before having an afternoon siesta in the elegant four-poster beds.
If total relaxation is what you’re looking for, then head to the on-site spa and indulge in a massage and other beauty treatments. You’ll feel like you’re floating by the time you leave.
Get down to some serious tent business in the super luxurious tent-chalets, fitted with en-suite bathrooms and a spacious private terrace, perfect for whiling away the days in the glorious sunshine and listening to the wildlife chirp about their business.
The sunrise and sunsets here are worth every single cent of the US$124 per night price tag. Get up early to watch the sun ignite the sky and by night enjoy your favorite tipple with loved ones as the same sun paints the sky in shades of pink.
If you’re feeling adventurous, head out on a choice of guided treks through the rainforests, jungle and rice fields.
Kamu Lodge offers you the rare luxury of slow travel. This concept helps travelers connect with ancient culture by taking the time to live and observe like a local.
This unique experience is hard to come by and close attention had been paid by the creators of Kamu Lodge to ensure there is a seamless integration between travelers and locals.
Guests can choose from one the 20 freestanding lodges, each with crazy-comfy mattresses, electricity and en-suites. Each of the hybrid tents is environmentally friendly with a key focus on sustainable tourism.
As well as living like a local, guests can also enjoy spa facilities and traditional activities such as gold-panning, bamboo-weaving, archery, rice milling and net-fishing.
Along the flowing River Kwai, atop of the Hellfire Pass cliff in Kanchanaburi, travelers can find Hintok River Camp. With its stunning white canvas tents and private verandas overlooking an abundance of glorious nature, guests can enjoy the five-star treatment without the luxury price tag.
Each of the tents has adjustable air-conditioning, en-suite facilities and either single or queen-sized beds, from which you can hear the wind whistling calmly through the forest and the birds gossiping in the canopies.
With kayaking, jungle trekking, bamboo rafting and caving, you won’t be short of adventures during your stay.
Included in the US$196 per-night cost is a delicious breakfast, quick Internet access, and dinner.