Luxury tented accommodations turn camping into “glamping”
If you “sorta” like the idea of camping, but you don’t want to give up a soft bed, hot shower, and a bit of air-conditioning, then the Lala Mukha Tented Resort offers the perfect hybrid—über-luxury tents that turn camping into “glamping”.
Located just a short drive from the entrance to Khao Yai National Park, this chic, eco-friendly, outdoor resort is surrounded by the region’s natural beauty—sub-tropical forests and grasslands that are ringed in the distance by majestic limestone mountains. For an “in-tents” experience, the resort offers 18 elegantly appointed 32, sq.m Eco Safari Tents, as well as nine 36 sq.m Deluxe Savanna Tents. Or, if you want to eschew the whole tent thing altogether, there are four beautifully modelled, 2-storey, chalet-style Loft Tree Houses, which boast 85 sq.m of living space and can fit four persons comfortably.
So what does the basic Eco Safari Tent come with? Well, you’ll be treated to comfy twin beds, air-conditioner, satellite TV, standing fan, electric lamps, mini-fridge, sofa, shaded terrace with table and chairs, towels, and plenty of other goodies (including breakfast). However, the bathroom facilities are separate and contained within a well-maintained, very clean shared shower, toilet and sink area—one for the girls, one for the guys. Of course, if you opt for one of the pricier deluxe tents, the shower, sink and toilet are en-suite, while the tree house lofts even have bathtubs!
The resort’s proximity to both the national park, as well as two of the region’s best wineries—PB Valley Estate and GranMonte—make it an ideal base from which to explore the area. Or, if you’d rather just enjoy your immediate surroundings, there’s a 105 sq.m swimming pool with adjoining sun-deck—complete with sunbeds and shade umbrellas—as well as a pair of oversized hammocks built-for-two.
For dining, the Jabulani Restaurant is open from 8am till 9pm, with many excellent menu selections. Try one of the garden fresh salads, or the tasty mushroom soup, and follow it up with either the hearty steak and vegetable combo, the sea bass with spinach and mashed potatoes, or the tangy BBQ ribs—just a few of the restaurant’s delicious signature specialties. Afterwards, you can relax at The Star Lounge, a casual outdoor drink spot built above the restaurant.
It’s definitely not roughing it, but as a guest you still get the overall “feeling” of camping. And although the accommodations all come with air-conditioning, often just opening the tent’s zippered-flap windows—which are screened, of course—is all you need to let the cool night breezes flow through. Turning off the AC (and, we hope, the TV) also lets you enjoy the sounds of nature at night, making this a perfect spot for Bangkok’s over-stressed hordes to de-pressurize—if only for the weekend.
Lala Mukha Tented Resort
515, Moo 5, Mu Si | Tel: 04 429 7760 | www.lalamukha.com