For easy-going folks who are game to go anywhere in the world and couldn’t care less about relieving yourselves in a run-down loo, making travel plans with fussy travellers can be quite a pain (to set the record straight, I’m a fussy traveller). An enthusiastic invite to go on a camping trip in the great outdoors will always be met with squeamish looks and a barrage of questions.
If you’re anticipating travelling with a fussy friend, why not try glamping? With glamping, you get the best of both worlds – the mystery and magnificence of nature, and the comfort and facilities of a proper accommodation.
There are plenty of glamping spots just across the border in Malaysia. Drag that fussy friend of yours on a glamping trip and they won’t see the great outdoors the same way ever again!
Walai Penyu Libaran Resort
Located along the beaches of Pulau Liburan, Walai Penyu Libaran Resort’s tents are clean and well-organised, just like a real hotel! Wake up to the harmonious ebbing of waves, explore the mangroves, and watch turtles swim in and out of the shallow waters. If you’re lucky, you might even witness a mother turtle laying her eggs ashore!
Area: Pulau Libaran, Sabah
Activities: Turtle conservation education, turtle release, mangrove tour, village tour
Facilities: Complimentary water bottles, hot-water showers, shared bathrooms, restaurant
Price: From S$246 (includes return boat transfer, all 3 meals and turtle-conservation programs) on Booking.com
Kampung Bongsu Farm Stay
Surrounded by lakes and home to farm animals, Kampung Bongsu Farm is the perfect place to unwind. Milk the cows, and then hike up Bukit Rengit and take in the majesty of the waterfalls. Return to your lovely air-conditioned villa, enjoy a BBQ and bond over board games until it’s time to retreat into your homey bedroom. This is the true definition of “the best of both worlds”!
Area: Lanchang, Pahang
Activities: Animal-feeding, hiking, fishing, Krau Wildlife Reserve, Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Deerland Park Bukit Rengit
Facilities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, TV, hot-water showers, toiletries, fully-equipped kitchen, BBQ pit, free parking
Price: From S$175 on Booking.com
Surrounded by lush greenery, Canopy Tribes is a magical camping site reminiscent of a fairy land. Its large, spacious bell tents are extremely comfortable and are perfect for resting after a busy day out. Hike up Kota Tinggi Waterfalls, which is located just 5 minutes away from the camp site, and cool off with a relaxing swim.
Area: Kota Tinggi, Johor
Activities: Hiking, trekking, swimming, kayaking, cycling, ATV, sky lantern release, farm tours, firefly cruise
Facilities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, BBQ pit, campfire, hot-water showers, shared bathrooms
Price: From S$130 (includes breakfast) on HomeAway
Dream Garden Resort
Awaken to the sounds of chirping rainforest birds at Dream Garden Resort. Comfortably tucked between rainforests and hills, its awesome location gives you access to the waterfalls, mangroves and rice paddy fields. Wind down with a BBQ right by your patio, and enjoy freshly-grilled seafood whilst gazing at the vast sky of stars.
Area: Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi
Activities: Tanjung Rhu Beach, water sports, rice paddy fields, hiking, rainforest trekking, mangrove eagle watching, Durian Perangin Waterfall
Facilities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, TV, hot-water showers, toiletries, BBQ pits
Price: From S$42 on HomeAway
Treat yourself to a magnificent view of the sparkly seas and azure waters from Tubotel, where the sea-facing tube-shaped rooms make for excellent private viewing balconies. You can take leisurely strolls along Cenang Beach, get comfortable in the Lepak Lounge, and hang out by the hammocks. Be sure to catch the beautiful Langkawi sunset while you’re there!
Area: Pantai Cenang, Langkawi
Activities: Parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boating, kayaking, speed boat, scuba-diving, go-karting, jungle trekking
Facilities: Wi-Fi in public areas, air-conditioning, shared bathroom, hot-water showers, toiletries, hairdryer, iron, restaurant, free parking
Price: From S$41 (includes breakfast) on Booking.com
Lato Lato Resort
Surrounded by gorgeous corals and fascinating sea creatures, Lato Lato Resort is the prime glamping destination. Try snorkeling and scuba-diving and get up close and personal with wild marine life. Just jump right off the deck and straight into the ocean! Watch the sun rise and fall in the most picturesque manner, and appreciate the calm and peace.
Area: Semporna, Sabah
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba-diving, star-gazing, BBQ, hiking in Pulau Bohey Dulang
Facilities: Fan, complimentary use of snorkeling gear, power supply
Price: From S$58 (includes 3 meals) on HomeAway
Found a glamping destination you want to head to? Show the options to your fussy traveller friend and start discussing your travel dates today!
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