Of Luxury, Camping and Nature | Glamping in Asia

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‘Glamping’ is a fusion of two words – ‘glamour’ and ‘camping’ – and describes a style of camping where stunning nature meets modern luxury and where, in some cases, resort-style services are part of the experience. While usually associated with the expansive African landscape glamping has spread like wild fire in parts of our Asia. Many travel companies have new products in some of the region’s amazing destinations to meet the increasing demand this style of holidaying with overnight stays in luxury tents within a pristine natural environment.

The ‘glamour’ part of this experience is that the traveller does not have to sacrifice creature comforts while enjoying the adventure of camping alongside spectacular nature, making it suitable for anyone who is not keen to follow the well-trodden tourist paths. For newly-weds it is the perfect way to spend their honeymoon amidst nature but in comfort, and for families to bond in a natural environment.

Glamping is also slowly evolving into a marriage between adventure and sustainability – with the tented operators ensuring their products and services are sensitive to the environment while travellers learn about nature’s fragility during their stay, and partake in responsible activities to help in its preservation.

4 Days | 3 Nights Exclusive Glamping in Rosewood Luang Prabang

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International hotel group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ new luxury hotel, Rosewood Luang Prabang, is set amidst the verdant jungles outside this World Heritage Site in Laos. With 23 spacious accommodations, including six luxury hilltop tents, the hotel is ideal for a camping experience with all the frills.

The 4-Day programme from Asian Trials Laos not only gives you a taste of luxury in tented accommodation hidden away on the hillside, but brings you closer to nature – while enjoying comfort and modern amenities. No stay in this ancient town is complete without exploring its Buddhist heritage and French colonial architecture.

4 Days | 3 Nights Nature Adventure at Shinta Mani Wild

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Shinta Mani Wild – Bensley Collection, described as a private nature sanctuary, is a glamorous luxury tented camp. Located deep within Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park Wilderness in an unspoilt wildlife corridor of rivers and waterfalls, its custom designed tents are perched over the waters offering spectacular views of the surroundings.
Asia Trails Cambodia, in collaboration with wildlife preservation experts, is offering the 4-day programme for guests to discover the forest’s flora and fauna, and go on hikes to explore the area. This extraordinary glamping experience is enhanced by the sanctuary’s numerous services that include soothing spa treatments.

2 Days | 1 Night Safari at Hintok River Camp 

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Kanchanaburi in west Thailand is known for the Death Railway, built during WWII, and is popular among adventurous travellers for its historical and natural aspects.

Hintok River Camp, an amazing safari tented camp set on the gigantic cliff of Hintok mountain in Kanchanaburi overlooking River Kwai, is a popular glamping destination. The spacious tents feature luxury amenities and recreational activities for guests to enjoy nature. As it is about 130 kilometres from Bangkok, the 2-day programme is a great option for visitors, including families and couples, to the bustling capital to have the added enjoyment of a resort camping experience.

2 Days | 1 Night Camping Adventure in China’s Shangri-La

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There is nothing more exotic than glamping in mythical Shangri-La, a city in the northernmost reaches of Yunnan province that means ‘South of the Clouds’ due to its location south of the Tibetan Plateau. Yunnan offers visitors a fascinating mix of diverse ethnic cultures, colourful history and exceptional landscapes.

Spend two days with Asian Trails China exploring the mountain paradise and one night sleeping under the stars in the heart of this fabled town that encapsulates the essence of Yunnan. An added bonus is exploring Ringha Valley where visitors get a chance to immerse themselves in the local Tibetan surroundings.

3 Days Immersion in Vietnam’s ‘hidden gem’— Lak Tented Camp

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Glamping is gaining popularity in Vietnam, and the perfect place to enjoy this is at the ‘hidden gem’ of Lak Tented Camp. It is located in Lak district in Dak Lak, about 27 kilometres from Buon Ma Thuot airport, on a hill overlooking the picturesque Lak Lake. With tented lodges and wooden bungalows the camp is a sustainable place to spend three days exploring this culturally rich and beautiful region.

Boat, cycle, trek – endless activities to discover this off-the-trodden part of Vietnam. Local guides can take you on a culinary tour to get a taste of the unique local food.

4 Days | 3 Nights Escape to ‘untouched’ Pila Island

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Situated about 80 kilometres off the coast of Kawthaung in Myanmar, Pila Island is one of 800 islands that lie within the Mergui Archipelago in the Andaman Sea. Calling it an ‘untouched paradise’ by many travellers, the island is regarded one of the last unexplored frontiers in Asia. 

Check into Awei Pila, an eco-luxury beachfront resort set in a secluded bay beach surrounded by virgin forest sand stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Enjoy the natural surroundings and have fun with an array of activities including jungle trekking, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, cooking classes, fishing and visiting traditional villages.

Half Day Royal High Tea amidst Ubud’s green surroundings

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If your holiday schedule in Indonesia does not allow for an overnight tented stay, the team at Asian Trails Indonesia has arranged for you to have a half-day glamping experience in Ubud’s green surroundings.

This is an afternoon of relaxation and culinary delights with a touch of class and romance. A safari-style deluxe tent is set up in the midst of nature where you are greeted by the experienced team who introduce you to what the Royal High Tea has in store. A delightful way to enjoy nature and a classy high tea in a lush green environment.

3 Days | 2 Nights Glamping at The Sticks Eco Resort 

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Situated about 70 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Kubu Bharu is a small town popularly known as “KKB” among the locals. Historically-rich, this town is one of Malaysia’s few hidden secrets that simply let you forget you are only 1.5-hour drive away from the country’s capital.

Join Asian Trails Malaysia for a 3-day adventure at The Sticks, an eco-resort and glamping site tucked away on private land in the rainforests of KKB. Enjoy scrumptious home-cooked food under the stars, trek through the forests to reach waterfalls or just enjoy being with nature. Glamping just could not get any better!