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10 awesome camping sites around Thailand

Connect with nature while the weather's not scorching. 

By Kankanok Wichiantanon | Nov 23, 2017

  • 10 awesome camping sites around Thailand
    Naga Noi Beach Camp. Credit: www.fb.com/naganoibeachcamp
The temperature’s dropped to that range where you begin to root through the catalogue of camping gear, channel your inner adventurer, fall prey to fantasies of a star-spangled nightscape, trees listing in a cool breeze, a mountain’s silhouette. Hold that thought—we’ve made a list to get you your outdoor exposure while the mood holds. Rough it with a classical campsite, or combine natural and modern by glamping out in style.

Classic Camping

 Kaeng Krachan National Park. Credit: Pattarakan Prapan (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Petchaburi 

The largest national park in Thailand is home to a reservoir, waterfalls, caves, hot springs and mountains. Relax by a lake, tour waterfalls or hike trails. The lucky few may catch a glimpse of wild elephants. Tent rentals start at B120-300/night.
Campsite fee: B30/person/night. Park entrance is B300 for foreigners, B100 for Thais.
Contact: 032-772-311
 
Erawan Waterfall. Credit: Preecha.MJ (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Erawan National Park, Kanchanaburi 

Obviously, you’re coming for the Erawan waterfalls. Hike up to the seventh level to see how the cascading water resembles the mythological three-headed elephant, Erawan. The park is also home to gibbons, flying squirrels and wild boar. Tent rentals start at B50/night.
Campsite fee: B30/person/night. Park entrance is B300 for foreigners, B100 for Thais.
Contact: 034-574-234
 
Khao Sok National Park. Credit: Richard Ragland (Via Wikimedia Commons)

Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thaini 

Khao Sok is the gem of the south: beautiful streams, waterfalls, caves and limestone cliffs. Trekking, canoeing and visiting the raft houses on the Cheow Lan Lake are just the beginning of what’s available. Tent rentals start at B225/night.
Campsite fee: B30/person. Park entrance is B300 for foreigners, B40 for Thais.
Contact: 077-395-139.
 
Tarutao National Park. Credit: Richard Ragland (Via Thailand Travel)

Tarutao National Park, Satun 

Composed of 51 islands in the Andaman Sea, this national park is all sandy beaches, bays and forest trails. The eerie grounds of the '30s-era prison on the main island, Ko Tarutao, are still open to visitors. Look out for deer, wild pigs, otters, bats and sea turtles. Tent rentals start at B225/night. 
Campsite fee: B30/person/night. Park entrance is B200 for foreigners, B40 for Thais.
Contact: 074-783-597
 

Plush Glamping

Camp Chiang Mai. Credit: www.thecampchiangmai.com 

Camp Chiang Mai

Based in Mae Rim, Camp Chiang Mai is a Pinterest mood board brought to life. An architect couple transformed a rice field near Mae Sa Waterfall into a tent ground filled with billowing sheets and dangling bulbs. Starting at B2,050/night (two people), accomodation also includes a barbecue and breakfast.
32/2 Moo 5, Mae Rim, 093-996-9992. www.thecampchiangmai.com  
 
 Rustic Camping. Credit: www.fb.com/RusticCampingTH 

Rustic Camping, Prachin Buri

Kabinburi is best known as the home of whitewater rafting spot Kaeng Hin Perng. For B1,800/person/night, guests get a cozy tent and a dinner buffet with free-flow draft beer from 6-10pm. Also included is use of their zip-line, and you can pay extra to use the paintball, BB gun and ATV facilities.
28 Sapanhin Rd., 081-343-2786. www.fb.com/RusticCampingTH  
 
 3199' Mountain Camp. Credit: www.fb.com/3199MountainCamp

3199' Mountain Camp, Kanchanaburi

The bohemian tents are available through Feb 17 in various deals: Sweet package (B1,990/two persons), Boho package (B2,890/two-three persons) and Gypsy package (B5,490/four-six persons). These prices include dinner, a barbecue, soft drinks and breakfast. On the same property you'll also find a melon farm, cafe and a live folk music corner. Be warned: the opening dates are already fully booked.
226 Moo 4 Wangdong, Lat Ya, 096-770-9696. www.fb.com/3199MountainCamp
 
Khwan Beach Resort. Credit: www.khwanbeachresort.com

Khwan Beach Resort, Koh Samui

Khwan Beach Resort on Maenam Beach has added a collection of luxury tents to its resort. The tents are decked out in 19th-century expedition paraphernalia—think four-poster king beds, oil lamps, vintage wooden chairs, leather trunks and daybeds—and outfitted with air-con. Rates starts at B3,430/night.
67/61 Moo1, Maenam Beach, 062-565-07 96. www.khwanbeachresort.com 
 
 Naga Noi Beach Camp. Credit: www.fb.com/naganoibeachcamp 

Naga Noi Beach Camp, Phuket 

Naga Noi Beach Camp is a quaint, family-run, five-tent beach camp on the private Naka Noi Island. During the day, tourists frequent the island, but by 4pm you’ve got the run of the place and a private view of sunset. Each tent comes with a fan, a lamp and plenty of plug points. B2,500/two person/night includes breakfast and a speedboat transfer from Phuket. 
Naga Noi Island, 081-445-5244.  www.fb.com/naganoibeachcamp 
 
Camp Out Korat. Credit: www.fb.com/campoutkorat

Camp Out Korat

Live out the campervan slow-life dream with this new motorhome rental in Korat. Set beside a picturesque lake, Camp Out Korat offers six beautifully bijou campervans (B1,800-2,000/night). Though you won’t be able to drive anywhere, Camp Out ensures each of its vans is decked out for comfort as well as style, with TV and air-con as standard. Come nightfall, camp staff set up romantic barbecues by the lake. Prices start from B1,800/night.
267 Moo 11, Soong Nern, 065 626 9280. www.fb.com/campoutkorat

Camping Essentials

4 person tent, Coleman, B5,300
Hiking backpack, Deuter, B5,800
Stormproof phone case, Aquapac, B650
Camping towel, N-rit, B350
Outdoor boots, Keen, B5,550

Headlamp, Decathlon, B299 


Essentials

Coleman. Available at Trekking Corner, 2/F, JJ Mall, Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd.
Deuter. Available at Kitcamp, Phahonyohtin Soi 15.
Aquapac. Available at Gadgetrend, 2/F, Amarin Plaza, Phloen Chit Rd.
N-rit. Available at K-trade, 2/F, Amarin Plaza, Phloen Chit Rd.
Keen. Available at Sport Mall, 2/F Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd.
Decathlon. 2/F Tesco Lotus, Rama 4 Rd.
 

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