Have you ever wanted to go camping but the thought of rocks jutting into your back or insects buzzing around kinda put you off it? Gone are those days, as glamping is here to save the day.
Glamorous camping, or Glamping has recently become a much-loved trend that travelers around the world can’t get enough of. Southeast Asia has plenty of magnificent wildlife, sprawling plantations, and gleaming rivers to offer — and glamping getaways let you take that in from a classed-up abode, with all the modern comforts that conventional campsites cannot offer. You can find luxurious glamping spots across the region, from Bali to Laos, in the most pristine locations. And here are the top 5 must-visit luxury tented camps in Southeast Asia recommended by Exotic Voyages travel experts.
1. Rosewood Luang Prabang- Laos
Nestled in a serene valley surrounded by soaring mountains, the historic town of Luang Prabang has a unique mystique unparalleled in Southeast Asia. With its exceptional beauty, the resort remains a hidden treasure of Laos, featuring authentic Buddhist traditions – orange-clad monks continue to collect alms each morning, and wonderful European charm, a town where you can savor chocolate croissants with your café au lait
Luang Prabang lies in a serene valley surrounded by soaring mountains
The resort offers 23 spacious accommodation options including four deluxe rooms, four specialty suites, three riverside villas, six pool villas and six luxury tents. Each of the resort’s guest housings is bordered by a riverbank. The 75-square-meter luxury tented villas include their own private dining areas and wrap-around decks. Inside the tent, Lao tradition and French colonial style are sensitively woven throughout the design and architecture, including the use of indigenous materials and locally inspired artwork.
The interior design features Lao tradition and French colonial style
Rosewood Luang Prabang offers an incredible array of activities, from a heritage walk through the heart of the old town, to a trip to a traditional weaving village. Guests can, therefore, visit a local temple, go for a cruise on the river, or sign up for a culinary tour—you’ll find it all at Rosewood.
Panoramic view through the spacious balcony
2. Shinta Mani Wild – Siem Reap, Cambodia
Nestled in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains, Shinta Mani Wild will open for bookings in December 2018. Designed by prolific hotel designer Bill Bensley, the resort has been described as a “radical new concept for a luxury camp experience”.
Shinta Mani Wild – A Private Nature Sanctuary
There are just fifteen custom-made tents at the camp. All of them will be perched on the edges of the rivers and waterfalls which flow through the camp and therefore provide spectacular views and offer a real “back to nature” experience.
A luxury safari tent in the jungles of Cambodia
Since the area is home to wild elephants, bears, gibbons and tigers, many of the activities will focus on tracking these animals with dedicated rangers and conservation experts. There will also be an opportunity to take a day trip on the extensive waterways around camp, on one of the private Bensley designed luxury boats.
A meticulously designed tent
3. Lak Tented Camp- Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam
Residing by a lake in the Central Highland of Vietnam, only 1 hour from the nearest airport, Lak tented camp is a sustainable, and beautiful place to stay if you want to get closer to nature. Come here for picturesque scenery, vibrant culture and a chance to experience local life.
Bungalows lying in a lush hillside (Source: Instagram)
There are only 15 tents and 4 wooden bungalows built, in an effort to preserve the local landscape. You can expect comfortable basic amenities in the tents and deluxe touches in sophisticated wooden bungalows. Wherever you land, enjoy unforgettable sunrises and sunsets on lakeside balconies.
Harmonious combination of rusticity and elegance
Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including kayaking and fishing in the nearby Lak Lake; mountain biking; village walks; mountain climbing and more. Above all, a cold drink at sunset from your private balcony will be a special moment in time. Y Lak Restaurant is a rustic and charming wooden longhouse with plenty of coveted spots for lakeside al fresco dining. They serve local M’nong, Vietnamese and Western dishes using plenty of ingredients sourced directly from the on-site gardens.
Lak tented camp offers a splendid view of the lake and its surroundings
4. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – Chiang Rai, Thailand
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle lies in an exotic bamboo jungle where elephants rule the land. A land that conjoins three countries into one mystical place – The Golden Triangle of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. It’s a scene straight out of The Jungle Book, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that leaves you craving lush greenery, fresh air, and mind-blowing scenery – the bare necessities of life.
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle – a scene straight out of The Jungle Book
There are a total of 15 overly luxurious tents and a Two-Bedroom Explorer’s Lodge that is perfect for families. Inside each tent, the walls and peaked rooftops may be canvas, but the layout is palatial, hearkening back to 19th-century adventure expeditions. The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle takes ‘glamping’ to a sophisticated extreme. Recycled teak floors, hand-hammered copper tub, king-size bed and private outdoor shower coexist seamlessly with modern amenities like WiFi and climate control. Outside, the sun deck overlooks a hazy series of hills.
Interior designs evoking a feeling of 19th-century adventure expeditions
The most popular activity here is interacting with rescued elephants. Certainly sounds tempting, right? You can experience the unforgettable charm of Asian elephants as you learn about the lives of these gentle giants – and interact with them – in their natural jungle habitat. The camp’s private mahout guides will take you through grasslands to the river, where the gentle giants splash about. Learn to be an elephant whisperer who tends to these giants. You’ll come to understand these gentle creatures on an intimate level as you bathe, feed and walk with them.
Experience the unforgettable charm of Asian elephants
5. 9 Hornbills- 9 Hornbills Tented Camp – Ko Yao Noi, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
9 Hornbills is located right above the Koyao Island Resorts on the Ko Yao Noi island’s eastern coast. Named for the distinctive hornbill bird which makes its home in the area, the resort claims to boast the “best view in Asia”. With the breathtaking Koh Hong archipelago as a backdrop, it very well may be so.
Breathtaking view over Phang Nga Bay
The resort has 7 large African-style safari tents set on a hill a few hundred metres away from the beach – which you zip down to with a golf buggy. Each tent is sumptuously furnished with beautiful teak pieces made from sustainably harvested wood by local craftsmen. Your extra-long Imperial bed is air-conditioned using green technology and each tent also includes a roomy claw-foot bathtub. At the poolside tent, you can enjoy every modern convenience and comfort without any barriers impeding the splendid natural beauty of Koh Yao Noi.
Large African-style safari
This resort is for adults only, so it is not a good option for families with children. But this does make it an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners in search of a romantic beachside getaway. Besides, solo travelers can also benefit from the seclusion and tranquillity of a glamping holiday. 9 Hornbills is the perfect spot to get back in touch with nature and yourself.
Enjoy your poolside breakfast