Glamourous camping, or glamping as it is known, is a trend that is increasingly popular, allowing travellers the chance to connect with nature through luxury and comfort. It is interesting that under the ‘glamping’ category there are so many sub-categories for travellers to choose such as eco lodges, huts, tents, tipis, villas and tree houses. Below are our top choices of glamping spots in South East Asia that readers are welcome to check out:
1. Canopy Tribes, Malaysia
Nestled in the rustic Kampung Sungei Melayu, just 10 minutes from Legoland, Johor, lies a bell-tent-styled accommodation luxuriously furnished with Queen Bed, side table, storage bench, ice cooler and a patio with relaxing chairs. The resort also provides ample activities such as flying fox, cycling, kayaking, swimming, fishing, jungle trekking, rock climbing and paint ball. The rates here start from RM220 per night for two persons.
2. JapaMala Resort, Malaysia
JapaMala Resort is an eco-luxe property that features Malay-styled architecture. Its 13 wooden villas peer over lush tropical vegetation towards the ocean. The entire resort is designed to blend into its natural surroundings, taking advantage of the character of the land upon which it is built. As a result, no two villas are the same. Guests staying at Japamala have access to its wide range of outdoor activities including snorkelling, scuba diving and fishing. The rates start from RM1,540 per night for two persons.
3. Amanwana, Indonesia
Aman resorts always deliver, be it in terms of top-notch service, comfort and facilities. It is therefore not a surprise to hear that Aman resorts is always one of the top choices among the well-heeled. One of its properties that offers ‘glamping’ is Amanwana, which means ‘peaceful forest’, the only resort located on the island of Moyo, where guests can find some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling sites in the world. Guests who stay at Amanwana are treated like royalty from the moment they touch down at Bali airport, passing through smooth immigration process and then chauffeured to the resort. The rates start from USD 741 per night.
4. Sandat Glamping, Indonesia
Set on a quiet rice terrace outside Ubud with just eight luxury safari-styled tents, the Sandat Glamping Tents are the first of its kind in Bali to blend traditional Lumbung style with contemporary Italian design, offering guests an escape from the hustle and bustle of central Ubud. They also offer a variety of recreational activities here to enrich guests’ stay such as trekking, mountain biking and hiking. The rates start from USD190 per night, which include complimentary return shuttle service from Ubud.
5. Sang Giri Mountain Glamping Camp, Bali, Indonesia
Nestled amidst an evergreen forest and mountains of Jatiluwih, this lodge offers eight luxury tents, each equipped with en-suite bathroom and a spacious private terrace. With each terrace having their own vantage point, morning sunrise here is truly breathtaking. It also offers a lot of activities including nature walk, rainforest trekking, rice field trekking, cooking tour, spiritual temples visit and many more. The rates starts at USD124.1 (Booking.com).
6. Kamu Lodge, Laos
Kamu Lodge is an authentic eco-tourism and culturally responsible lodging nestled in the heart of Laos, on the bank of the mighty Mekong River. It offers visitors a truly unique journey deep into the heart of the Kamu community and nature as it engages with low-impact travel, seeking the balance between tourism and conservation of local culture and ethnic heritage. The lodge features 20 safari tents with solar-powered electricity, comfortably furnished with bamboo and rattan furniture and a private balcony overlooking the river. The rates here start at USD148 per night, including return Mekong cruise transfer.
7. Hintok River Camp, Thailand
Situated in a beautiful spot by the River Kwai and the cliff of Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi, Hintok River Camp offers a relaxing experience in spacious deluxe canvas tents consisting either single or queen size bed, en suite bathroom, in-room adjustable air-conditioning, private veranda and rustic wooden furniture for guests’ utmost comfort. While the camp itself is beautiful, guests are also recommended to laze at the refreshing pool nearby, located halfway down to the river. There are a number of tour options and activities offered at reasonable prices such as kayaking, jungle trekking, elephant riding, bamboo rafting and even caving at Lawa cave. The rates here start from THB 6,200 per night including complimentary breakfast, dinner and Wi-Fi.
8. Elephant Hills, Thailand
Imagine African inspired safari tents amid tropical rainforest and limestone cliffs – that’s definitely what you’ll get when you stay at the fabulous Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp, Thailand’s first luxury tented camp surrounded by rainforest and located in Khao Sok National Park, Southern Thailand. The Elephant Camp comprises 35 luxurious, tailor-made tents and has successfully been operational for over 10 years. When staying here, guests should try searching for wildlife in the jungle; feeding, washing and interacting with elephants; canoeing or simply relax in front of their tents and admire sunset over the rainforest. The rates start from THB 17,850 per adult, which is an all-inclusive 3-day and 2-night package.
9. 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia
In a land of unspoilt virgin forest, rare orchids and fragrant frangipani, there is an environmentally friendly Cambodia four-star glamping resort that offers nothing but luxury and high-end facilities called the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. The resort includes 12 double and twin-bed tented villas, each containing flat-screen television, DVD player and mini bar. Do take note that the place applies the ultimate getaway tactic, therefore has no internet connectivity, no cell phone signal and absolutely no Wi-Fi. Instead, guests should seek refuge at the resort’s small reading room filled with books, or watch DVDs and play board games, all meant to foster closeness and bonding. The rates here start from USD 221 per night.
10. Aetas Glamping, El Nido, Philippines
It is good to choose a stay with a local vibe surrounding your area, hence, if you are in the Philippines, this might be your favourite choice. Here, travellers may experience living in the local culture with its outstanding nature and exciting adventures. With the tents nestled in the heart of verdant forest, the package of a minimum two-nights stay include transportation pick-up and drop-off, complimentary breakfast for two, a private shower and toilet complete with handmade bath amenities. Each of these tents is handcrafted by the local artists and they even provide cards and chess board in case you get bored. The rates start from P4,500 for two pax.