Malaysia’s Best Glamping Sites
When you are yearning for the opportunity to wake up to nature but ‘roughing it’ is just not what you have in mind, go glamping! It sounds ridiculous to some, spectacular to others, but it’s all the rage.
This growing travel trend, essentially glamourous camping, grants you amenities and resort-like services more advanced from normal camping. So, don’t worry about equipping yourself with expensive camping gear because there’s plenty of opportunities to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury.
1. Sailor’s Rest
Sailor’s Rest redefines the Malaysian camping experience by proving you don’t wake up with backaches. It’s a getaway outside Pahang, within Janda Baik’s lush greenery. Think spacious tents (some capable of accommodating a group of 5), cushy mattresses with hotel quality bedding, hot & cold shower units and ample toilet facilities.
2. Tadom Hill Resorts
Located just a short 45 minutes out of Kuala Lumpur, Tadom Hill Resorts is ideal if what you need is a quick escape and good dose of nature-based fun with some friends. It’s a resort that’ll make you go “ooh” and “aahs” from the clear spring water and beautiful limestone hills backdrop.
Stay in one of the two hammock spheres, housing up to 10 people, in a pre-pitched tent for two. Or, bunk in the bamboo hut, a 12-person dormitory with curtain partitions. For a private and luxurious stay instead, stay in one of the Gendui chalets with unique bamboo furnishings, high ceilings, and two double beds.
You won’t get bored here – you’ll be occupied by Tadom Hill Resorts’ funtastic features such as the bamboo diving platforms, floating bamboo lounge chairs, rope swings and water swings.
3. The Stick’s Eco Resort
The Stick’s Eco Resort is ‘off the grid’, although only an hour outside of the city. Nonetheless, if you’re not careful, you might just ‘get lost, naturally’, as mentioned in the resort’s tagline.
Choose between a Tendok, Bamboo Chalet, Riverside Tendok, Serengeti Tent or the Opera House for a rejuvenating escape from the daily grind. This modest resort is what you imagine a glamping holiday to be – charming accommodation in the heart of nature + peace and quiet + jungle trekking and other outdoor adventures like white water rafting and paragliding. EEEK!
Note: It’s not a huge place so you’ll need to book well in advance to guarantee the preferred accommodation.
4. Tanah Aina Fahad
Find peace and quiet out in the Malaysian countryside and stay at Tanah Aina Fahad in Raub for the perfect weekend getaway. A scenic drive through villages leads to the glamping site nestled deep within the rainforest on an 8-acre plot. The cool, fresh air and soothing sound of water from a nearby waterfall set the tone for the trip.
Whether you’re bunking with a group of friends or having a uniquely romantic escape with your significant other, this place will indulge you. You can pamper yourself but still enjoy being situated outdoors by staying in the king tent which is, funnily enough, fit for a king. It is more of a container than a tent and comes complete with a fancy bed, elegant ceiling drapes, and even a chandelier!
5. Caravan Serai
Caravan Serai in Bentong is great for a short and simple getaway. Choose between the air-conditioned deluxe safari tent or the caravan suite tent, large enough for comfortable queen beds and even a table with chairs.
Guests can enjoy the tranquil environment by dipping into the refreshing river water pool and going on nature walks. Alternatively, opting for an activity more adventurous like venturing out on ATVs or bicycles allows you to appreciate the beauty surrounding Caravan Serai.
6. Canopy Tribes
Disclaimer: It has come to our attention Canopy Tribes has received a lot of negative reviews, so visit at your own risk.
Just 5 minutes from Kota Tinggi’s popular waterfall area, the Canopy Tribes camp site has you surrounded by greenery and embracing outdoor/country living.
There are BBQ pits available and even a campfire pit (booking required) to make the most of the outdoor experience. Strategically located nearby Legoland and the Johor Premium Outlets, you can also indulge in the joys of modern life AKA ‘cheating’.
Canopy Tribes is a level up from regular camping but we recommend optimising comfort during your stay by bringing your own towels (useful for trips to the waterfall) and extra blankets for the cool nights.
7. Chengal Hill Retreat
Chengal Hill Retreat, located on a 5-acre orchard in Janda Baik, is a rejuvenating respite from the heat and hectic buzz of Kuala Lumpur.
Stay in one of the tents or enjoy a more stylish stay in one of the apache chalets. You can cool off in the stream beside the accommodation or take advantage of the numerous activities offered in the area: ATV biking, jungle trekking, archery, etc. It’s a good place to introduce yourself to glamping.
Price: From RM250
Address: Lot 8537 Kuala Lurah, Janda Baik, Pahang
Tel: +60 17-201 5118
8. Tanjung Inn
Tanjung Inn in Cherating will have you waking to an inspiring view of tranquil water beneath the open sky while offering a quaint kampung vibe. This is a great getaway for anyone in need of some peace and its lush environment will charm your socks off.
Tanjung Inn offers a broad range of accommodation for guests to choose from but for glampers, the newly completed Tanjung tents are simple and cosy. Make arrangements with a local tour operator if you’re interested in a river cruise/mangrove exploration or firefly watch. Keep in mind that you’re at the seaside so there are plenty of watersports activities available.
Note: With so many ponds around, it’s a good idea to bring a supply of mosquito repellent.
9. Saujana Janda Baik Homestay
Another one from Janda Baik’s lush greenery in Pahang, Saujana Janda Baik Homestay is what its name suggests – a glamping trip for the family. The homestay’s garden is lush while the lake that accompanies the cabin is calm and shallow enough for a relaxing stroll. In contrast, the expansive backyard will convince introverts to run about and the extroverts sedated in the treehouse.
Better yet, the nights spent at the homestay will sure be full of wonder. The place gets unbelievably dark at night (a kind of darkness city kids can’t comprehend) so the stars and the moon will lead a light show. Bring your telescope and a keen eye to hunt for elusive shooting stars.
10. Mt. Kinabalu Holiday Camp
As Malaysians, we are known for being the adventurous type, especially with Mt. Kinabalu being one of the gems in our backyard. Up on the mountain, lies the triangular Mt. Kinabalu Holiday Camp accommodation that rests stilted above the marshes.
For the bold Malaysian that loves the outdoors, Mt. Kinabalu ranks high on the to-do list so take the chance to visit these huts. No electricity within the vicinity, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be left digitally sore with nothing to do. Up in that height, the scenery is of beautiful mountains and clear skies – you won’t stop being mesmerised.
Price: From RM300 (Book here!)
Address: Mamut, KM 8, Batu 2, Ranau, Malaysia
Glamping Can Be Enjoyed By Everyone
Let’s be real – not everyone is made for camping. Some of us freak out about getting dirty, being exposed to the elements, creepy crawlies and the lack of access to your own toilet. Instead, experience the finer side by glamping. There’s no tent to pitch or sleeping bag to unroll and in most cases, your meals are provided for!