Written by Shannon Osztonits
Instead of your usual resort or hotel, why not experience mother nature to the fullest, and enjoy spending the night in a caravan!
These mobile vans on wheels are super cute and are usually fully equipped with all the amenities of a home (kitchen, living area, etc). #vanlife
So here you’re getting more bang for your buck you could say, as it’s not just a hotel room or suite that you’re paying for, but instead a little home away from home for the next few nights.
Enjoy nights under the stars, roast marshmallows with your lover, or enjoy days in the late afternoon sun canoeing around lakes (perfect for all ages!)… Doesn’t it sound just like a dream?
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1. It’s time to live the real caravan dream among fields of flowers – Suan Lamai (Rayong)
Wake up to rolling hills of gorgeous greens, and truly feel like you’ve escaped to your own private world. The caravans here are all situated around a lake, giving me all the American campervan holiday dream feels.
Each van has been designed in light woods and white and feels clean, new and comfortable There’s a mini kitchenette inside your van in true caravan style. And as the sun sets, light up the grill (each caravan spot comes with their own BBQ and chill space), sit back under the stars and enjoy the glorious sounds of mother nature.
And just to add some magic to your holiday, there’s strawberry picking available, a fruit garden, small sheep farm and a gorgeous field of flowers around the hilltops. Just imagine the seriously dreamy photo ops here!
This is perfect for everyone from lovers to friends and families!
2. Feel like you’ve escaped to the English countryside – Casa De Montana (Khao Yai)
“Excuse me, madam, you’ve now arrived in the English countryside, I mean Khao Yai.”
Set up in a gorgeous English-style courtyard with pink and white flower bushes all around, and caravans positioned in a semi-circle around a campfire in the middle… It’s simply beautiful.
Each van has their own outside area, with garden chairs and tables, and the inside of your caravan is equipped with a fantastic kitchen. If you love to cook, you’ll be delighted to hear that kitchens come with an actual built-in oven – chicken roast anyone?
Other than that, your little home comes with a sofa, built-in bed, and the bathroom has a closed, built-in shower too.
PS: If you’re up for trying something even more unique than a few nights on wheels, Casa De Montana also has other one-of-a-kind options too! Spend the night in a clear & white bubble igloo, looking up to the stars at night couldn’t be more perfect!
3. Perfect for cosy morning snuggles against a backdrop of green – Campout Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima Province)
The idea of cosying up with my darling on a camp chair around the fire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the night skies sounds like just the perfect night.
Situated next to a small lake, this intimate setup among a garden of trees, flora, and hanging twinkling lights, instantly made us think of an Enid Blyton novel.
Interior-wise it’s super homely and pretty, down to the paisley/floral furniture, and fairy lights hang from wall to wall. (Each van’s setup does differ slightly too!)
There are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy, from canoeing to cycling and exploring the area. And if you just feel like spending the day chilling and cuddling with your boo, each caravan is equipped with a flat-screen TV.
There’s also a grill for BBQs, and this option is simply fantastic for a small group of mates travelling together too!
4. Is this an English countryside? – Baan Baan by Baker Gonna Bake (Pak Chong District – Nakhon Ratchasima Province)
Truly enjoy a little escape away from billowing crowds, and spend the next few days enjoying life in a fairy forest – or at least a home for gnomes and pixies, I’m convinced!
There’s a definite magical feeling in the air here, as ducks waddle past you and low mountains spread out around you, and the location amongst the trees and little ponds reminds me of the English countryside.
Their caravans are retro-cool (think That 70’s Show), with a touch of forest luxe mixed in with the details, and they’ve used vintage accents in a wonderfully understated way.
We can’t not mention the on-site bakery/garden cafe, Baker Gonna Bake (with their first store in BKK) – selling the most insanely scrumptious freshly baked (gourmet) cakes.
PS: The price of your stay also includes a divine breakfast, as well as an amazing afternoon tea, fresh from the bakery!
5. Imagine waking up to these views with nothing else around – The Mist (Khao Kho)
If you’re looking for location, well, baby you’ve got it!
Set alongside the edge of a hilltop and overlooking breath-taking views of a mountain fold of greenery… Wow, these four caravans all perched in a row truly make for an incredible stay!
These cute and cosy caravans each have their own spacious outside ‘chill’ space, and there is a lot of space between each caravan plot, so it still feels private. (Plus you’re on the edge of a mountain with nothing around you, I’m sure you’re gonna get all the privacy you need!)
Watch the low morning clouds roll in and disperse, all from the comfort of your bed… Enjoy the vintage camper vibes going on here, with the small kitchen area, seated booth, queen size beds and a nicely-sized bathroom inside!
6. Palm trees and horse rides at sunset along your own private beach – Samui Caravans (Koh Samui)
If you’re a beach kinda person with the ocean always calling out to you, this little home-away-from-home basically on the beach will sound pretty incredible to you.
Cleverly set up in a grassy garden area, just behind the bay and sands, you don’t need to worry about being sandy all the time. The interiors here are basic, clean and done up in true caravan style.
Light woods and whites decorate these vans, with a nice little built-in kitchenette, and there’s a small dining area too, which reminds me of a scene from Grease. (Rooms differ slightly interiors-wise, so be sure to check out which caravan best suits your needs before you book!)
Enjoy the next few days lazing about in hammocks, or relaxing in the sunshine on your own private beach at Koh Samui. They’re located on Laem Sor Beach, which is a 30-40 min drive from central Koh Samui. Enjoy!
Rate: From 2664 Baht / approx. USD $87 Check rate on Booking.com
Address: 34/1 Namuang, Ko Samui, 84140 Laem Sor Beach, Thailand, 84140 Laem Sor, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 82 483 0947
7. Adorable pink-themed beach caravan we simply can’t resist! – Tutu Beach (Pattaya)
Many refer to Tutu Beach as ‘the pink beach’ in Pattaya, and apart from coming here to relax at the pink mermaidy cafe on the beach, there are caravans available for booking too!
With only a few caravans perched slightly in the sand done up in clean, minimalist hostel vibes, it’s an easy and super insta-worthy place to call home for a couple of days or so.
There are tons of photo opportunities here with the bright pink beanbags, and drinks served in all sorts of pink oceanic accessories – as well as tons of other activities surrounding you, as you are in Pattaya. If you’re tired of the sun and sand, get up and go explore the city!
8. Wake up in Pai in your very own little cottage-like home on wheels – Mari Pai Resort (Pai)
The fact that it’s located in Pai already has me sold, and this sleepy bohemian town is definitely one of my personal favourite choices.
Mari Pai Resort is more like a caravan holiday park, with caravans spread around in different lots and locations – just like a camping grounds. (This is also another stay with different room options, including actual camping itself.)
They call their vans ‘mobile cottages’ and it really fits the description with each unit feeling like a garden cottage from the 70s/Woodstock.
We have to say, they really look and feel spacious, and I love the rounded roof that they sport where it creates a greater sense of depth in the room – so things don’t seem cramped!
This is an absolute perfect little choice for couples, and you’ll find his&hers bathrobes hanging and waiting for you on the wall.
Mari Pai Resort
Rate: From 1186 Baht / approx. USD $39 Check Rate on Agoda
Address: 97 Moo 11, Thung Yao, Pai, Mae Hong Son, 58130 Pai, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 84 042 4932
9. Looking for a little time out amongst the lush jungle tropics – Samui Caravans Hill Camp (Ko Samui)
If you’re tired of the sand between your toes but are still enjoying the jungle-esque feeling of the island, head to the hills and spend a night or two completely surrounded by nature.
This is a great, affordable option and each caravan is fully equipped to provide all the comforts and homeliness to your stay.
I absolutely love the kitchen setup, with great appliances and kitchenware (including a built-in oven and stove). This is perfect for couples who love to cook, or families choosing to stay here.
There’s plenty of storage space in the bedroom area too – which is great considering everything else that needs to fit into a caravan – and small touches like thick bedding and big white towels really elevates the stay.
Samui Caravans Hill Camp
Rate: From 2664 Baht / approx. USD $37 Check Rate on Agoda
Address: 122/45 Moo 4 Na mueang Amphoe Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 65 395 2659
10. Special Mention #1: Bohemian camping like we’ve always dreamed of – 3199 Mountain Camp (Kanchanaburi)
So we know it’s not necessarily a caravan, but this campsite is just too beautiful, and it serves us all the bohemian, dreamy and whimsical feels we could hope for!
Can you imagine spending a night in this gorgeous plethora of colour, lights and bunting everywhere, in a rounded teepee-like tent?
You’re camping, so of course, that means a night on the floor, but the mattresses are soft and thick with many pillows too!
The setup is gorgeous and magical, perfect for counting stars at night. Interiors are nothing OTT (read: over the top), but they’ve used beautiful, classic and clever design elements to add a modern touch to your stay.
Waking up in the gorgeous greenness of Kanchanaburi is always a treat, so why not make it extra special? 😍
3199 Mountain Camp
Rate: Sunday – Friday 899 Baht / approx. USD $29.52 , Saturdays & holidays 1099 Baht / approx. $36.09 Check rate on Booking.com
Address: 226 moo4 Wangdong (3199cafe’) Kanchanaburi (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 91 193 3199
11. Special Mention #2: Traditional camping that’s raw natural and so beautiful – Chiang Dao Camping (Chiang Dao)
Enjoy a totally traditional style of camping at these tented units (covered by small thatched roofs) among the rice fields. Isn’t this amazing or what?!
I simply love the overall design of each little spot. It feels raw, natural and really beautiful.
They have different tented options, depending on the number of guests, and their largest can accommodate up to six people (perfect for families)!
PS: Both sunrises and sunsets around here are guaranteed to be spectacular!
Chiang Dao Camping
Rate: From 950 Baht / approx. USD $31.19 Check Rate on Airbnb
Address: 126/2 บ้านจอมคีรี ม.3 ต.แม่นะ Chiang Dao (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 62 893 6156
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12. Special Mention #3: Misty mountain-side glamping with views all around – Campiness Camping and Farmsook (Chiang Mai)
A simply gorgeous camping stay in the mountains; enjoy misty cool mornings and waking up to the sound of nothing around you…
The property is quite large and there’s a variety of different tented options to choose from, and their largest sleeper fits up to eight people (each with their own comfortable space in a bed).
Rooms are tastefully decorated, sticking to a light colour palette. There’s a river near the property that’s perfect for an afternoon dip in the summertime too.
They’ve made a wonderful effort to create different areas for guests to meet and intermingle if they wish, from BBQ facilities to a beautiful open-air restaurant on-site.
Campiness Camping and Farmsook