After being in lockdown for so long, the best way to get back into nature is by camping. While you may have to be more careful when camping now, it is still a great way to have fun, practice your livings skills, and be one with nature. If you want to experience nature at its best, you need to camp in some of the best campgrounds. So, where can you find the best amongst a plethora of camping sites? The answer is Southeast Asia.
You can find stunning campsites in almost every Southeast Asian country so whether if you want to spend the summer on the beach or hike up mountains, you can do it all in Southeast Asia. Here are some of the best places in Southeast Asia to go camping, either by yourself or with someone special.
Nacpan Beach, El Nido Palawan, Philippines
Beaches are one of the best places to spend your summer holiday so if you are planning a camping trip, why not do it on the beach? Better yet, do it on one of the world’s most famous beaches. El Nido Palawan is one of the Philippines’ finest islands and is home to several stunning beaches, including Nacpan Beach. Camping there will guarantee amazing views and an unforgettable experience.
Since the island is a popular tourist spot, you will not have to worry about being too far away from civilization. There are tons of stores near the beach that sells camping equipment and other supplies so if you ever need something for your campsites like another tent or even an air bed, you can just head on over to one of the shops. You can also have your meals on the beach but make sure to clean up before you leave.
Sea of Clouds, Mount Pulag, Philippines
The Philippines is home to some of the world’s most unique camping sites so if you are not keen on camping on the beach, maybe you will like camping in a sea of clouds. Philippines’ Mount Pulag is a summit that lies 9600 feet above sea level and when you are up there, you are above the clouds. To get to this camping spot, you will have to first trek up the mountain, so be prepared if you plan on visiting this place.
There are four major trails that you can choose from, which are Ambageng, Tawangang, Akiki from Benguet, and Ambaguoio from Neuva Vizcaya. You can also take a group tour if you enjoy trekking and camping with others. Either trail will take you up the mountain and once you have reached the designated campground, you will sleep on the grass flatlands while being surrounded by fluffy white clouds.
Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia
You cannot have a list of camping spots in Southeast Asia and not include Cambodia’s Phnom Kulen. This national park is a real stunner and is the go-to place when you want to be surrounded by nature. Just imagine waking up after you camped out at the feel of ancient ruins and deeply breathing in the fresh air, courtesy of the luscious green trees. There is nothing quite like it.
There are tours that you can join to trek into the Phnom Kulen National Park and these tours will be conducted by experts who will introduce and explain every little detail of the national park. While you tour through the Valley of a Thousand Lingas, you cannot help but be entranced by the beauty of the park. It is like a whole new world when you are in the national park.
Chiling Waterfall, Selangor, Malaysia
Malaysia is also home to some of Southeast Asia’s best camping spots and one of them is near the Sungai Chiling Waterfall. The campsite is located in Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor and is a favorite of local campers. The owner of the campsite, the Selangor Fisheries Department, frequently conducts research on the campsite, which is why the site is only opened to the public on certain days of the week. Before you make your trip to the campsite, it is best to check the opening dates and the vacancy.
You will also need to pay a fee and a deposit if you want to camp at the Sungai Chiling Waterfall campsite. It is a relatively cheap fee, and each person will have to pay before they enter the campsite. However, the deposit will be depending on the size of your group. The deposit is refundable and is merely a tactic to get visitors to maintain the cleanliness of the site so if you manage to clean up before you leave, the money will be yours again.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
Indonesia is no stranger to jaw-dropping mountains and some of the mountains are also opened as campsites. Mount Bromo is one of the mountains located in Indonesia that is internationally known as a campsite that offers an unfiltered view of the skies and the Milky Way. This is because the constellations above the peak of Mount Bromo are especially visible in the second half of the year so you can even see it with the naked eye.
If you are having second thoughts about camping at Mount Bromo, you will be pleased to know that despite being a mountain-side campground, it is very accommodating to beginners. The place is well-supplied with camping facilities like Seruni Point and you can even find shops for food, supplies, and even camping essentials like tumblers and sleeping bags. It is an amazing and accessible place for the best night-time view in all of Indonesia.