Ever wanted to go camping but have been put off by the idea of carrying a tent and setting it up? Ever thought camping was a great way to connect with nature but didn’t fancy sleeping outdoors on an uncomfortable mat? The rather trendy-sounding ‘glamping’ is the new way to camp without neglecting all the comforts of home.
Offering you the best of both worlds, glamping is more than staying in a hotel in a remote land: it is accommodation designed to be in harmony with the landscape, immersed in nature and all its wonders. Below are four of the best sites around greater Asia.
Located on Koh Andet Island, Cambodia, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge will give you an insight into the natural beauty of The Cardamom Rainforest. Staying here, you will contribute to protecting the environment and help to improve the quality of life of the local community. The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge is an ethically conscious site which employs local people and initiates community projects. From building libraries, producing clean drinking water and electricity accessible to the locals, and generating awareness around environmental issues, this site should be admired for its motives.
Their philanthropic intentions extend to their tented accommodation with the aim of having the lowest impact on the environment without compromising on luxury. The first floating tents in the world, bobbing gently on the Tatai River, these tents house double beds, furniture built from locally resourced materials, private balconies, baths and showers with running water, lighting, ceiling fan, DVD player, TV, and a mini bar. Re-connecting with nature is certainly not a challenge here. With picturesque sunsets, diverse aquatic life and excursions to the Tatai waterfalls and Cardomom Mountains, you’ll be sure to connect with the natural environment in this area of untouched scenery.
Staying here starts from $232 USD per night, including breakfast, boat transfers, use of kayaks, fishing rods, DVDs, the library, and a trip to see the fireflies.
Run by Bedouins, this camp hosts only six tents for guests, ensuring you’ll be in for a secluded retreat in Wadi Rum, Jordan. Known as the Valley of the Moon, you’ll experience living in a dramatic landscape with mesmerising views. Watch the sun rise and set over the copper-coloured sands of Rocky Canyon. Each tent is spacious enough to contain a king-size bed or twin beds with comfortable furniture, a private deck, and en-suite amenities.
In the evenings, stargazing at the Milky Way will only add to the many adventures you can have here, from camelback riding to off-road tours to social and cultural visits.
From $900 USD per night, staying here conveniently includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Ranthambore National Park is the biggest national park in northern India. Rich in flora and fauna and known to provide the best tiger spotting opportunities in the region, this safari adventure spot is perfect for those seeking a trip into the heart of the wilderness. Retreat to Aman-I-Khas, located at the park’s threshold, for some much-needed rejuvenation after a day of exploring. Their wellness services include Reiki, massages, body wraps, herbal baths, and yoga classes.
Standing six metres tall, this tented accommodation is spacious enough to comprise separate sleeping, dressing, and bathing compartments. Every detail is planned inside and out, from the oversized daybed to twin writing desks and vanities in the dressing area. Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, heating, and WiFi are available together with a sundeck for watching the passing wildlife.
Starting from $1,200 USD per night, the fee includes all meals, soft beverages, and laundry services.
Inside the national park of the same name, Khao Sok Tree House Resort in Thailand consists of 19 tree houses connected by walkways built with locally sourced materials. Situated at least four metres above ground, you won’t need to worry about pesky mosquitoes or insects. Available excursions include canoeing and tubing along the Sok River, elephant and jungle trekking, and zip-lining. When you return to Khao Sok Tree House Resort, you can indulge in their cascading-water swimming pool.
There are various rooms available at different prices depending on the size and facilities you require. The Barbarian Honeymoon Tree House is 12 metres above ground and fitted with air conditioning, satellite TV, CD/DVD player, refrigerator, minibar, WiFi, and a private bathroom with running hot and cold water.
From $117 USD, the Barbarian Honeymoon suite features a balcony and hammock – perfect to lounge on while spotting Thailand’s rare birds.
Is Glamping For You?
The price tag for glamping is somewhat difficult to ignore, though it is very easy to see why it can be expensive – the accommodations, the services, and the unique opportunities to experience something truly magical.
While luxury is a big appeal to most people, everyone can appreciate the benefit of a good night’s rest which will undoubtedly allow you to explore the area with more comfort and enjoyment. Being at one with nature, going to isolated places, observing the wildlife, and identifying the strange sounds are all part of the charm of camping.
All of these things are not lost in glamping – they are just offered without the stress and hassle of setting up camp. With all the pros and very few cons, glamping is surely an experience worth trying out!