Glamping is a growing trend in a world of travellers embrace the joy of the great outdoors without leaving modern convenience.
The allure of camping comes from the magic of a night beneath the shining stars, the cry of nature all around and the camaraderie discovered among the wilderness. Often the reality is a burst of rain that leaves you damp for hours, cold showers and a fierce longing for the electricity you’ve left behind. Fear no more. Welcome to the wonderful world of glamorous camping, or glamping.
Glamping is a growing trend in a world of travellers more used to touchscreens than being in touch with nature. It’s sneered at by some, embraced with a smile and a hastily appearing USB charger by others. At its heart is the idea that one can embrace the joy of the great outdoors without leaving luxury and modern convenience behind. Abomination or exciting new trend? You decide.
The idea of a unique natural experience is nothing new in Malaysia. Trips to enjoy the beauty found amidst the rich culture of the Iban longhouses could be seen as a forerunner of this strange new world. But where such stays provide an immersive look into those who live in harmony with their environment, the rawest form of glamping is more akin to dragging the modern world kicking and screaming out to the wilderness.
True glamping means a special sprinkle of luxury. In Cambodia you can enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors from your very own floating tented villa. This luxury accommodation offers mod cons like flats-creen TV’s to compete with the natural beauty echoing from the surrounding jungle and witnessed from the sun loungers of your private balcony. This whole glamping idea doesn’t sound too be after all.
More adventurous tastes can take to the trees. Resorts in Thailand and beyond offer luxury tents perched above the jungle itself. What better way to live luxury side by side with nature than high amidst the canopy? Take time out for an inspiring elephant trek through the deep jungle. All sound a bit tiring? Never mind, relax in a hand-hammered copper bathtub or custom-built hot tub instead.
Yet the true spirit of glamping adventure isn’t tied to purpose-built resorts! True glamping knows no boundaries! It does however have a strong sense of where the nearest USB port might be. Innovative designers are here to help. You can buy tents with in-built batteries and the soft, natural glow of LED lights. Worried about your hair? That’s not a problem either. Portable, electric hot water showers are here to help.
Today’s camping is perhaps more about being closer to nature than distant from our modern world. If a flat-screen TV, copper bathtub or USB charger is the motivation you need to head out to enjoy the great outdoors, at least it’s making you do so. The true test is whether you appreciate the natural world once there. Otherwise you might as well just have stayed at home.
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