Sleeping under the night sky blanketed with stars in the heart of a serene rainforest sounds like the dream, but many of us not-so-adventurous souls get put off by the word “camping”. Enter, glamorous camping, or “glamping” for short. Glamping is a more extravagant way to be one with nature – minus the humidity, insects, and paranoia of snakes slithering into your tent while you slumber.
Take on the great outdoors and experience the sights and sounds of Southeast Asia’s equatorial vegetation – with its dense, towering canopies and wide range of flora, fauna and wildlife – all while still enjoying a five-star resort treatment.
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This spectacular gem, based in the middle of the rice fields of Ubud, is one of the most well-known glamping sites in Bali. The boutique resort offers five Luxury Tents – each with unique decor and private infinity pool overlooking the forest – and three two-storey “Eco Lumbung” structures that feature a living area, an open-air bathroom, and share an infinity pool. The tents are decorated in trad-contemporary Balinese style, using natural wood, neutral tones, floaty muslin canopies, and hidden between the forest and a rice paddy field.
Sandat Glamping Tents
Jalan Subak Sala Pejang Kawan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Tel: +62 821 4408 1998
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The Bangkok Tree House is nestled on a beautiful, quiet island just across the river from Bangkok. Lauded for its unique architecture and design, the rooms of the hotel takes on the form of “nests”, located amongst the trees on stilts. For a more authentic experience of sleeping right underneath the Milky Way, the hotel offers a “View with a Room” – an open-air space that sits on a 23-foot-high platform, with nothing but mangrove palm trees and the vast night sky encompassing it.
The island – Bang Krachao – is known as “Bangkok’s Green Lung” and is filled with palm trees, papaya groves, Buddhist temples, and elevated sidewalks for cyclists. If you’re seeking an escape from bustling Bangkok, the Bangkok Tree House is the place to find solitude.
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Be transported into the wild on a private boat ride along the Tatai River, which is the only way to get to the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. All about barefoot, eco-friendly chic, the Cambodian glamping resort is a hideaway right within a remarkable protected rainforest ecoregion of the Cardamom mountains – home to a wide range of wildlife such as clouded leopards, Indochinese tigers, Asian elephants and even Siamese crocodiles who were once thought to be extinct.
Guests get to experience an authentic Cambodian experience glamping and living in one of the 12 luxury floating villas right on the river – which also features private extra-large balconies where they get to enjoy the sun and a breath of fresh air.
4 Rivers Floating Lodge
Koh Andet Island, Tatai, Cambodia
Tel: +855 97 643 4032
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Breathe in the natural wonders of Northern Thailand, surrounded by majestic mountains, in superb, luxury tented accommodation at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. Guests get to unwind in Deluxe or Superior “tents”, each 54 square meters in size and features five-star amenities – which includes a hot tub on the deck with a breathtaking view of Chiang Rai’s mountains, river or jungle.
The all-inclusive resort offers activities such as elephant mahout training and an excursion down the Mekong to visit the local market and temple, as well as an open-air spa and daily scheduled dining.
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Tucked beneath the tropical forest canopy on Moyo Island just east of Bali, is Amanwana. This boutique tented resort offers ocean and jungle pavilions – each 58 square metres and and feature elegant furnishings, air conditioning, a spacious living area, hardwood flooring, large bathrooms, Indonesian artwork, and Wi-Fi.
While residing on Moyo Island, you get to enjoy the turquoise waters and untouched reefs of the Flores Sea – home to some of Indonesia’s best scuba diving and snorkelling spots. You may even wake up to deers, macaques, and wild boars.
Amanwana Resort Indonesia
Pulau Moyo, Labuhan Badas, Labuan Aji, Sumbawa Barat, Kabupaten Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Bar. 84351, Indonesia
Tel: +62 371 22233
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