We do not blame you if the word ‘glamping’ sounds foreign to you. After all, the terminology is considered an informal word and is basically a merge of the following words, ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. Today, travellers can embark on glamorous-camping vacations, where their lodging boasts semi-luxurious facilities that one will not get when camping traditionally.
The perks of glamping are aplenty. For instance, holidaymakers can enjoy the tranquil ambience of a jaw-dropping scenic landscape in a remote island, but without compromising on the comforts and amenities of a high end resort.
Here are 10 Best Glamping Spots in Southeast Asia.
#1 BANGKOK TREE HOUSE
When one thinks of Bangkok, they are quick to associate the capital of Thailand with traffic jams, bustling streets and shopping malls etc. But tucked away in a sleepy region of Bangkok is a beautiful hidden gem, Bangkok Tree House. The eco-friendly hotel offers a quick respite for Thais and tourists alike, but do be mindful that it might not be suitable for everyone.
#2 BLUEWATER SUMILON ISLAND RESORT, PHILIPPINES
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort is a stunning beachside hotel located in Cebu, Philippines. Surrounded by crystal blue waters, the resort is one of Sumilon Island’s best-kept secrets. The hotel has launched glamping options for its guests, where one can stay in pre-pitched tents.
#3 ELEPHANT HILLS FLOATING LUXURY CAMP, THAILAND
Elephant Hills Floating Luxury Camp is one of the world’s only luxury floating camps and offers an unrivaled experience of reconnecting with mother nature. Surrounded by lush greenery and towering limestone mountains, each of the 10 luxury safari tents is equipped with an en-suite bathroom. A fantastic base to explore the nearby tropical rainforests.
#4 FIREFLY BAMBOO ECO-VILLAGE, BALI
Situated in Ubud, Bali, this accommodation is truly ideal for all Eat Pray Love fans. The Firefly Bamboo Eco-Village is nestled in the picturesque Balinese rice fields, where guests are guaranteed a therapeutic retreat. Despite its seemingly remoteness, the lodging—made completely from bamboo—is a convenient 5-minute walk away from central Ubud.
#5 FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE, THAILAND
Even global hotel chain Four Seasons is jumping on the bandwagon of providing luxurious glamping options for travellers. Over at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, there are 15 lavish open-air camps available. One can fully immerse themselves in the native Thai culture. Mingle with elephants, partake cooking classes and join a guided adventure trek.
#6 HINTOK RIVER CAMP @ HELLFIRE PASS
Perched atop a cliff looking over Khwae Noi River, Hintok River Camp @ Hellfire Pass is an award-winning glamping establishment that is within close proximity to two significant World War II sites. Each tented room boasts air-conditioning, private en-suite bathroom and hot shower facilities. You can spend your day canoeing, rafting or zip-lining through forests!
#7 LALAMUKHA KHAOYAI, THAILAND
Highly rated Lalamukha Khaoyai’s location on the outskirts of Khao Yai National Park make it a gorgeous glamping spot, where guests are entitled to panoramic breathtaking views of grasslands and mountains. Relive your childhood camping memories with a luxurious spin!
#8 SANDAT GLAMPING TENTS, UBUD
Sandat Glamping Tents is Bali’s very first glamping resort and has been voted as one of the world’s best hotels. For a memorable getaway, stay in one of the themed fancy tented suites. There is truly no other better way to experience Ubud than a night at Sandat Glamping Tents!
#9 THE CANOPI, BINTAN
Bintan’s 3-star The Canopi is a spanking new glamping accommodation with many major draws. From a splendid 6.3-hectare saltwater crystal lagoon to multiple water sports activities, a holiday here will keep you preoccupied throughout the day. Each spacious tents spans across 400 sq feet and features LCD television, complimentary wifi and even inviting hot tubs!
#10 4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE, CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s 4 River Floating Lodge is said to be an ecological miracle; the four-star resort is characterised by traits of a grand hotel, but operates in an environmentally friendly manner. They have successfully proven that over-the-top luxury living can be associated with nature. There are only 12 double and twin-bed tented villas, so book early to avoid disappointment!
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.