Where are the most popular glamping sites in Asia?
ONE of the biggest misconceptions about glamping is that the best or most popular glamping sites are in faraway places such as the US or Europe.
But that is not entirely true.
Glamping (glamorous camping) is an increasingly popular travel trend, so much so that it has become more than just a trend – it is a new, fully immersive way of travel.
It allows glampers to get up close and personal with nature and feel alive without having to rough it. So you can rest assured that you will be able to connect with nature in comfort and sometimes, luxury.
Blessed with lush forests, rolling mountains, white sand beaches, warm breeze, sprawling fields, and four distinctive seasons in some places, Asia is on the rise as the choice destination for glamping.
From a forest canopy in a treehouse to an ecolodge in a sprawling field, to a tent by the beach or a yurt on a mountaintop, glampers can pick and choose the exact type of experience that they want to gain from their travels.
Whether you’re considering going glamping for the first time or the umpteenth time, here are some of the most popular glamping sites in Asia:
Sri Lanka: Tree House near Sigiriya Rock
Located in four acres of forest, this luxury furnished tree house rental can be found near Sigiriya Rock and is perfect for a glamping vacation.
It can sleep up to four guests and is ideal for groups or two couples as it has two double beds. The well-built wooden steps lead to the hand-crafted, comfortable beds.
The lounge deck is a spacious, open area that easily accommodates up to four adults.
Downstairs, at the base of the tree, guests will find an open lounge to relax and sip an evening cup of tea or coffee.
The modern toilet is attached nearby and has a designer open format shower area, with hot and cold water for a long shower under the stars.
Just 30 minutes away, guests will find Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks where the world famous Wild Elephant Gathering takes place.
Price: From US$107 per night.
Sri Lanka: Family-friendly Cottages
If you are looking for a vacation rental in Sri Lanka that is secluded in stunning, lush wildlife, then look no further.
This luxury camping site in Sigiriya consists of seven unspoiled acres of wilderness that is home to elephants, butterflies, birds, and more.
The site has two family cottages for rent, which have been elevated slightly and completely powered by solar electricity.
Each has a private bathroom with a toilet, a sink, and a shower with hot water. There is also a shared living area connecting the two cottages.
Mosquito nets are provided, and there are huts for lounging and dining at this glamping site near the lake.
These vacation rentals are suited for older people and small children, and they can accommodate two to four guests.
Price: From US$85.60 per night.
Sri Lanka: Elephant Villa
This site is located in the Southeastern Uva Province of Sri Lanka, on a 16-acre property on the banks of a river bordering the country’s leading wildlife sanctuary, known as Yala.
The unique, elephant-shaped villa is a 40-feet, two-story mammoth. It consists of two large bedrooms and a lounge on the upper deck.
It is made entirely of wood and straw, serving as a reminder of the beauty of nature.
There is a bathroom with running hot water and two toilets, and electricity.
The restaurant on this property serves authentic Sri Lankan cuisine to ensure that you fully experience the local culture.
You will be offered traditional dishes from the area, as well as traditional meals with interesting and unusual twists to allow your taste buds to try something new.
Price: From US$171.20 per night.
Indonesia: Wellness Retreat Villa in Bali
This five-star wellness retreat boasts seven different suites with a spacious private terrace overlooking the sacred Ayung River landscape, perfect for rest and recuperation with a partner.
Each suite has been furnished with traditional textiles and antique touches, giving it an authentic luxury ambiance.
There is a unique hot water “al fresco” bathroom where guests can bathe under the stars, and the area is fitted with chromotherapy lighting.
In the suite, there is air-conditioning, a sound system with an iPod dock, and Wi-Fi access throughout.
Glampers can relax and take advantage of the wellness spa at this retreat which offers a full range of authentic beauty rituals featuring super-food ingredients.
There is also an option for fresh organic bathing and skincare massages, guaranteed to leave you feeling revitalized.
Price: From US$211.86 per night.
Vietnam: Wooden Bungalows
This eco-tourism glamping site is situated 100 kilometers south of Hanoi and 200 kilometers southwest of Ha Long Bay.
The rentals are in the middle of a valley surrounded by multiform limestone pitons and a private lake, with balconies that offer unforgettable views across the lake and steep mountain ridges of Ninh Binh province.
Each room has been meticulously designed with a delicate, functional romanticism to generate a harmonious ambiance, with modern facilities for your greatest comfort such as a quality mattress, a mini-bar, and a private hot water shower.
The balcony is furnished with a hammock, long chairs, and a table, and the bed is fitted with a mosquito net to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.
At the onsite Mountain Lake Restaurant, the chef is committed to serving delicious local cuisine made with fresh ingredients.
The geography of the region affords fantastic cave exploration, mountainous hiking, and of course, photography.
Price: From US$58.85 per night.
Thailand: Luxury Huts
This lovely property is located in its own private jungle setting, in front of the lovely and romantic lagoon in Klong Prao.
Guests will find themselves just 200 meters from the stunning white sands of Klong Prao beach, which is a spectacular spot to watch the sunset.
The luxury beach rental is perfect for couples to enjoy a getaway in Koh Chang, fully furnished and equipped with everything you will need to relax in style.
The stunning double bed is perfect for a relaxing sleep after a busy day exploring and there are full bathroom facilities, along with a luxury outdoor pool where guests can relax and cool off.
Not forgetting, glampers will have access to air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a television as well.
There is also a lovely lounge area where guests can enjoy chilling out.
Price: From US$84.53 per night.
Thailand: Unique Dome
This cozy rental is set on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, just a two-minute walk from the beach, giving guests easy access to a day of lazing in the sun or swimming in the clear, blue Thai waters.
It is surrounded by stunning woodland and its own garden area, ideally suited for two people
There is a queen-size bed in the dome and a private bathroom with a hot shower complete with supplied towels and toiletries for guests to use.
The dining area can also be used as a workstation for those who need to work remotely.
Outside, guests can sit out in the garden and in the evenings, they can start a campfire to relax in front of after a long day of activities and excursions.
The dome is close to numerous areas with outdoor activities such as Paeng Waterfall which leads to viewpoints and jungle walks.
Price: From US$51.36 per night.
Thailand: Tented Cabins
This glamping property can be found nestled in the south of Thailand in a beautiful national park and large forest known as Khao Sok.
You will find yourself surrounded by a picturesque mountain scenery as the animals wander around in their natural habitat and the vegetation flourishes with a life of its own.
There are a total of 15 tents at this property.
Each includes individual air conditioning, comfortable beds with duvets, a modern Thai-style dressing table, a Thai-style desk with a lamp, a refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, and Wi-Fi access.
Nature lovers will love the private balcony which offers a panoramic view of the breathtaking surroundings.
The property also offers a restaurant, tour service, taxi service, and a local mini-mart.
Price: From US$61.19 per night.
Thailand: Beach Tents
This remote beach rental is located at the southern tip of Phuket island near Rawai Beach.
The beachfront luxury tent can accommodate up to four guests, with two queen-size beds or one queen-size bed and three twin beds, depending on the request of the glampers.
It is beautifully decorated on the inside and outside to complement the lovely Thai beach and ocean views.
On-site, there are many spaces for relaxing, including picnic areas with umbrellas and seating looking out over the ocean
There is an outdoor swimming pool, a full bar, a gourmet restaurant, and a snack bar.
Glampers can swim, sunbathe, or request a rejuvenating massage at an extra cost. Everything provided here is for a truly relaxing experience.
Price: From US$63.13 per night.
Cambodia: Safari Tents
Brimming with ethereal wonder and a mystical atmosphere, this property is the perfect gateway to the Angkor complex of ruins just 15 minutes away – truly an archaeological spectacle to behold.
Guests are sure to be in awe of its splendor, as the jungles surrounding Angkor are full of exotic wildlife, from the formidable elephant to the howler monkey.
These immaculate tents are built with the finest of organic materials and delicate fabrics, providing an exotic getaway in a lightweight yet durable setting.
They are outfitted with one king-size bed complete with fine linens, as well as a private bathroom with a shower, vanity basin, and mirror.
There is a kitchenette area with a kettle and minibar, and you will be provided with complimentary slippers and bathrobes.
Outside, there is a private garden area as well as an outdoor dining area for two to sip on tea or coffee at the break of dawn or have an intimate dinner under the moonlight.
Price: From US$706.20 per night.
Cambodia: Floating Cabins
This glamping site is located on the southern coast of Cambodia, close to the city of Koh Kong, which is on the Thai border.
Of all the glamping destinations you can dream of, nothing comes close to sleeping in a luxurious floating tent that bobs gently on the tranquil water of the Tatai river.
It is perfect for anyone who wants to fully immerse themselves in nature while still maintaining the ease of a luxury vacation.
Glampers are encouraged to enjoy a wide range of activities including trekking tours into the surrounding jungle at dawn, a visit to the Taitai Waterfalls for a hydromassage, and a sunset cruise so magical, the sky may never look the same again.
You will never go hungry as the resort’s acclaimed chef and his team will skillfully prepare everything from breakfast to haute cuisine dinner, to barbecues or vegetarian creations that are made from fresh produce bought at local markets.
It is no wonder that these floating cabins resort is considered one of the best hotels in the country.
Price: From US$310.30 per night.
India: Safari Tents
This beautiful glamping property is located in the wonderful city of Kohima, full of rolling hills and verdant rainforests in the state of Nagaland.
Nestled in a solitary deep forest at an altitude of 6,000 feet, on a gentle slope in an untouched forested area of six acres, it is perfect for those who love tranquility, exploring, hiking, wildlife watching, and experiencing a different culture.
The large, self-contained tents sit on a wooden deck above the ground.
Each tent has a cozy bedroom with a four-poster wooden bed, an en-suite bathroom with running hot and cold water 24 hours a day, and a private sit-out that overlooks the mountains.
Large, netted windows invite the mountain vistas, whilst a personalized butler service makes the stay as comfortable as possible.
The tents are triple-layered to enhance natural insulation and made with anti-weathering and fire retardant fabric.
Price: From US$2,234.06 per night.
India: Tropical Cabins in Goa
Take a break from your busy city life and unwind with nature in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, where every person has their own privacy and enjoys the surroundings of a coconut grove and a virgin beach.
Located right on Morjim beach, the boutique resort consist of Log Cabins, Luxury Tents, Casa de Mudanc’a, and a Beach Villa spread over an area of 100,000 square feet of beachfront property.
The four wood cabins were created with glampers’ needs and comforts in mind, with aesthetically designed living areas inspire and enhance the spirit, mind, body, and soul.
All cabins are air-conditioned and have an attached bathroom with a shower with hot water 24 hours a day, a toilet, and complimentary luxury bath products.
Each cabin also has a double bed, an LCD television with cable TV, a fully stocked mini bar, a tea kettle, a fan, and a balcony.
There is free Wi-Fi for all guests, as well as the use of the swimming pool.
Price: From US$100.76 per night.
This article was written in collaboration with Glamping Hub.