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  • Writer's pictureTania Wee

The Art of Glamping in Malaysia

The notion of glamping isn’t a new one but some Malaysians still have a hard time embracing the concept. It is mostly like due to our unpredictable weather, ever friendly mosquitos, and the common misperception that it’s outright uncomfortable.

Firstly, let’s clear the air on what is glamping. The term itself is derived from the words ‘glamourous’ and ‘camping’. Think nature meets modern comfort. Even nay-sayers of traditional camping have taken to glamping as it allows them to enjoy the great outdoors without having to give up their essential comforts.

Most glamping sites in Malaysia are equipped with wifi and aircon as well breakfast. Some accommodation may offer full board meals and activities onsite so that you will never see the need to leave the place. Of course, as these glamping sites are often integrated into its natural surroundings, it’s important to check if the glamping site is suitably accessible for your needs. Depending also on which option you book, your accommodation may or may not come with an ensuite bathroom.

Most of the time when you go camping, a staple diet would be instant noodles or if you’re really hardworking, a hard-earned barbeque over a campfire which often requires bringing your own ingredients and starting the fire. But when it comes to glamping, your dining experiences will fall along the lines of picnics baskets and a candlelight dinner prepared by the resort. Glamping resorts like Tiarasa Escapes have their own onsite café, The Rasa Tea Salon which serves as a dining room, reception and communal lounge. Guests can mingle there while enjoying a cup of locally sourced tea and traditional dishes.

Of course, you can always opt to drive out to explore the surrounding towns and kampong for an exciting experience with the locals. Glamping not only reconnects you with nature but also with the people that lives in unison with it. For those with young children, the experience will enrich their childhood memories whilst also teaching them to appreciate the great outdoors and their existing comforts. You can always check if your glamping sites are also kid-friendly with kid-specific activities and games such as with Tiarasa Escapes.

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Take advantage of some of the attractions surrounding these eco-friendly resorts with guided tours to see the best of what they have to offer. For instance, a stay at Sungai Lembing Time Capsule can be accompanied with a guided tour to the Rainbow Water in a 4 x 4 truck. While you can venture to the waterfall by yourself, a local guide would be able to advice you best on the timing, maneuvering the terrain and if the weather was permitting.

Now let’s talk about one of the most crucial part of glamping – the quality of sleep you will be getting. Gone are those roll up beds that lets you feel every pebble, stick, grass and creepy crawling under you and your tent. Glamping takes that best parts of camping and gives you a comfortable rest in at the end of the day. Imagine falling asleep under the Milky Way to the sounds of water flowing through the creek and nature singing in your comfortable plush bed with pillows and a comforter. Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh has beautiful floating chalets that sits on the lake under the stars.

Surrounding by ample space in Mother Nature and fresh air all around, glamping is the ideal means of escaping the congestion of the city. With many looking for more isolated getaways and sustainable travel, why not give glamping a try? You might find yourself liking it.

And while you’re at it, check out these glamping accommodations for your next glamping getaway during this MATTA Fair Online!

  • Tiarasa Escapes, Janda Baik: starting at RM485 per person link

  • Lost World of Tambun, Ipoh: RM203 per person link

  • Sungai Lembing Time Capsule Retreat, Pahang: RM168 per person link

Head on over to for more travel packages around Malaysia!

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