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Malaysia ‘glamps’ it up

‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, is one of the world’s fastest growing niche travel trends and Malaysia is keen to jump on the bandwagon.

Accommodation at Janda Baik, Pahang

A long-time haunt for lovers of the great outdoors, Malaysia’s natural attractions are endless from Sabah’s Mount Kinabalu to the extensive cave network in Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park and in the country’s north, the Belum Forest Reserve’s vast virgin jungle.


Its wealth of natural attractions makes the South East Asian nation well placed to capitalise on demand for combining adventure with indulgent travel experiences.


“Malaysia’s rich biodiversity, pristine islands, 130-million year old rainforest, crystal clear rivers and cool highland retreats ensure that the opportunities for developing ‘glamping’ as a niche tourism product are endless,” said Tourism Malaysia’s Sydney Director, Roslan Abdullah.


“Tourists are becoming increasingly discerning these days and they are willing to pay a significant premium for unique experiences, which translates into potentially high returns for Malaysia’s tourism industry.”


Although a relatively new concept in Malaysia, a number of ‘glamping’ experiences are being offered by several operators who combine nature-based experiences with all the creature comforts of modern living.


Canopy Tribes in Nusajaya, Johor
Glamping at Sailor's Rest, Janda Baik, Pahang

Among them are Canopy Tribes in Nusajaya, Johor. Here, guests can stay in gauzy tents under moonlit skies in an experience reminiscent of the Arabian Nights.


At Sailor’s Rest, in Janda Baik, Pahang, travellers have an opportunity to experience village life deep in the area’s misty highlands.


While these operators focus more on providing comfort and convenience there are a handful of others that offer a more deluxe experience, such as Sekeping Serendah in Rawang, Selangor – located in a small forest alongside cascading waterfalls this property features dramatic mud and glass houses built by award-winning architect Ng Sek San.


Alternatively Japamala Resort on Tioman Island offers romantic treetop “love nests” overlooking the azure seas below.


Other operators include Caravan Serai and Tanah Aina, both of which offer accommodation that allows holidaymakers to enjoy nature without having to lug around tents and heavy equipment.


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Written by: Jessica Zoiti
Published: 8 July 2015

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