Glamourous camping or glamping for short, has sparked a trend among holidaymakers who love the outdoors without compromising on comfort and style. From airy glass sheds in a rainforest to sea-fronting capsules, air-conditioned, opulent cabins and huts amongst the mountains, we present Malaysia's best glamping sites for your vacation pleasure!
Whether you're planning a family holiday, a couple's retreat, a trip with a group of friends, an annual company trip, a school camping trip or even an impromptu break, there's something for everyone here. One thing's for sure, these unique getaways are perfect for you to escape the incessant emails, Whatsapp messages or calls keeping your phone buzzing while affording you modern luxuries, or if you'd prefer back-to-nature comfort. Follow us as we bring you into tropical rainforests, cruise along scenic seasides, and rise above sea level to majestic mountains!
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1. Sekeping Serendah, Selangor
Designed to be minimalistic, eco-friendly, airy and open, all key trademarks of the Sekeping series, Sekeping Serendah comprises 10 sheds, made of glass or timber with minimal steel, standing above the forest floor near a bubbling brook.
These glorified tents allow you to celebrate an unobstructed view of nature in all its beauty. Situated about an hour's drive north of Kuala Lumpur, remember to bring your food supplies as cutlery, kitchenware, a refrigerator and barbecue equipment are at your disposal. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature and relax in comfort and style. Being in the jungle, it's always a good idea to slather on insect repellent. Oh, just in case you're wondering - wifi and mobile signals are non-existent here.
Location: Serendah (GPS Coordinates: N3.368050, E101.631150)
2. The Sticks, Selangor
Nestled in the jungles of Kuala Kubu Bharu, The Sticks is an off-the-grid, rustic living escapade, perfect for a breezy, relaxing weekend. Be lulled into the tranquillity of nature as you laze in your favourite tendok (half tent, half pondok), enjoy freshly prepared, delicious home-cooked meals, sway and drift off in a hammock, take a dip in the river or chill at the waterfalls nearby. Outdoor adventures beckon as whitewater rafting, paragliding, jungle trekking, picnics and more await.
Location: Lot 213, Jalan KKB - Fraser's Hill, 44000 Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor.
3. Tadom Hill Resorts, Selangor
Just 12 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur, enter Tadom Hill Resorts, a sprawling 40 acres of euphoria surrounded by enchanting limestone hills, lakes and trees. Mostly built with sustainable bamboo, Tadom Bamboo Camp consists of campsite and dorms whereas premium chalets are branded as Tadom Bamboo Suites.
Inviting accommodation from Hammock Spheres, Garden Tents to Lakeside Tents await your visit. Tadom Grove is the resort's signature natural playground by a turquoise lake; boasting exciting features such as bamboo diving platforms, floating lounge chairs, Tarzan swings, water swings and more. Run wild and free, #tadomites!
Location: Bukit Tadom, Kampung Labohan Dagang, 42700 Banting, Selangor.
4. Sailor's Rest Resort, Pahang
All aboard! Set about 600m above sea level in Janda Baik, find respite for your soul amidst the majestic Titiwangsa mountainous range with its breezy, clean and crisp air, beautiful landscape and the rich flora and fauna. On a starry night, spot the constellations then be lulled to rest in the spacious and comfortable tents with the gentle sounds of a flowing stream.
Depending on the package selected, you can be greeted in the morning with a sumptuous breakfast and a hearty BBQ spread at the end of the day. Don't miss the guided hike to the waterfalls or go for a splash in the cool, rejuvenating river! Boathouses and chalets are also available as accommodation. Only an hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur, complete with full shower amenities and well-positioned amidst a lush landscape, this is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Location: Lot 8592, Lorong Dato Panglima, Kg. Sg. Lurau, Janda Baik, 28750 Bentong, Pahang.
5. Caravan Serai, Pahang
Secluded approximately 15 minutes from Bentong town, Caravan Serai sits on an idyllic tropical expanse. Let time slow down as you wade in the waterfalls, meditate by the running rivers, take in the scenic hill views, enjoy a walk thru the lush greens or visit fruit orchard farms (durians!).
Get off the trodden path and explore the jungles with ATVs or rejuvenate your senses with a pampering session at the on-site spa. Plan a comfortable friends or family getaway with over 10 villas, 30 suites and 7 safari tents to choose from - all air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms.
Location: Jalan Tras, 28700 Bentong, Pahang.
6. Tanah Aina Fahad, Pahang
The scenic drive through Malay villages leading to the eight-acre Tanah Aina Fahad resort is a prelude to the symphony of flowing rivers and beautiful cascading waterfalls waiting to greet you. Guests can choose to glamp in comfortable single tents or the plush king and queen tents. Rates include four buffet meals per day plus a complimentary guided trekking.
Unique activities that encourage interaction and bonding include a supersized version of Chess, or Snakes and Ladders. If you're up for military-like combat in the jungle, gear up for action and battle it out in a gruelling session of jungle paintball. If you'd like to try your hand at cooking, Tanah Aina Fahad even has their own version of Master Chef! Planning your company's teambuilding trip? You may have just found the site you're looking for. With resident certified training facilitators for obstacle courses, you can look forward to an exciting time!
Location: Lot 1053, Mukim Ulu Dong, Raub, Pahang.
7. Time Capsule Retreat, Pahang
Calling nature lovers who are not claustrophobic! This unique family-run hideaway should be on your list. You will stay in a no-frills time capsule with space enough to fit 2 adults. Travelling light will help if you decide on this accommodation option. There are cottages for larger groups and BBQ dinners can be arranged for a meal under the stars.
Pack your mosquito repellent to keep the mozzies at bay. This aside, look forward to a quiet, serene and peaceful getaway with stunning views. Be sure to catch the sunrise at the Panorama Hill, snap lovely pictures at Rainbow Waterfall and cross the hanging bridge to explore Sungai Lembing town, formerly a mining town.
Location: EB4 Belakang Sek Men, 26200 Sungai Lembing, Pahang.
8. Canopy Tribes, Johor
A stone's throw away from the Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, experience the magical outdoors while singing or sharing stories around a campfire, feasting on delicious barbequed meals straight off the grill, play board games or stargazing! Not to worry, well-ventilated, secure and spacious tents are already pitched for you.
Come ready to enjoy the guided trekking through the rainforest along with a myriad of outdoor activities you can choose from or even launch your wishes heavenwards with sky lanterns! Continue the gadget-free entertainment with visits to the local orchards, ostrich and crocodile farms - a fun getaway for families and friends alike!
Location: 7815, Jln Lombong, Batu 8, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor.
9. JapaMala Resort, Tioman Island
Situated on an inhabited tropical island, this upscale eco-luxe sanctuary is tucked away about 32km from the unadulterated coast. Be cradled in nocturnal bliss amidst the wonder of nature in posh treehouses or beachside villas surrounded by verdant greenery, chirping birds and crickets, the cool sea breeze and breathtaking sea cliff views of the South China Sea. Step out on their private beach to soak in the sun, sea and sand.
For aquatic adventures, a plethora of activities await at this luxurious haven, from snorkeling to scuba diving and fishing. Or if you prefer to stay in your comfort zone, go for a refreshing dip at their private outdoor whirlpool. Then come home to lounge on the outdoor decks, and marvel at the gorgeous sunset with a refreshing, bubbly swig in hand. How awesome is that?
Location: Kampung Lanting, 86800 Pulau Tioman, Pahang.
10. Tubotel, Langkawi
Inspired by Austrian Das Park Hotel and architect Andi Strauss, the vibrant Tubotel has definitely enlivened Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach). With barrels brimming with an exciting cocktail of relaxation and excitement, chill in your hideout, enjoy a deliciously healthy breakfast spread, admire the spectacular sea views and unforgettable sunsets, and party the night away at sundown.
You'll find it hard to leave the giant day-bed sun loungers, the Lepak Lounge, the cafe or bar, all along the water's edge. Air-conditioned tubes that comfortably sleep two are now available for those who may need more initiation before 'roughing it'!
Location: Kuala Cenang, 07000 Pantai Cenang, Langkawi.
11. Mt Kinabalu Holiday Camp, Sabah
At first glance, the brightly coloured triangular accommodation bears a striking resemblance to Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula's vivid bathing boxes. Set among the highest peak of Malaysia, the stately Mount Kinabalu, these holiday camps rest on stilts above the marshes. Unplug, get up close with nature amidst the beautiful, laidback outdoors.
Be mesmerised by the scenic 360° view of the mountains and take in the gorgeous sunrise. Clear your mind, let the warmth of the sun fill your soul and be lost in wonder under a blanket of stars! For outdoor adventures, go prepared to climb and conquer the famous mountains, with company of course. Or if that's too hardcore for you, take time out to go on a jungle trail (ranges from easy to tough) in Kinabalu Park.
Location: Mamut, KM 12, Batu 2, Kinabalu Park, 89300 Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Booking | From RM300 per night
Keep an eye out for an upcoming serene glamping site called Boulder Valley Glamping Resort, a development in Teluk Bahang-Balik Pulau area in Penang, expected to be completed end of 2016. Said to be housed amongst rich flora and fauna, guests can choose from 45 movable tented camps with ensuite bathrooms, dine at a treetop restaurant, sit around a campfire and enjoy walking across a suspension bridge.
Now take your pick and enjoy your well-deserved vacays, eco-tourists!