“I discovered a version of luxury travel I could live with: a rare and extravagant feast of the senses hidden deep within the jungle; an unexpected, delightful conversation named Shinta Mani Wild…”

– C​harles Graeber, Travel+Leisure – The IT List 2019

Tents

I love the wilderness, always have. We are here in the Cardamon Forest to protect and regenerate it. I often say that the ideal way to regenerate it quickly is to build a humongous Trumpian wall around it and and not let anyone in for 100 years, but that is not so sustainable. Yes I have asked Trump… but he did not answer my Tweet. Building a low impact high yield camp was the next best idea to be able to sustainably protect this wilderness. It is often said that an architects own home is the hardest to complete. This was certainly the case here in that this camp was the most difficult project of my 35 year career. Each location of every tent was painstakingly positioned out by Architect Prajak “Spot”, ​ Thaijanthararak,​ and I. We visited the site 50+ times in over 7 years. Much of the time we spent just trying to understand the idiosyncrasies of the river valley. Year one we had it all wrong as we were sitting the tents too much upstream, but as we moved downstream and started to rough out on site the basic forms of the tents by way of a temporary bamboo frameworks as part of my minimal intervention​ procedures, things started to stumble into place. This helped tremendously in working around the existing trees, in establishing the height of the tent platforms to prevent flooding, and in understanding the potential of the oh so important views from the outside bathtub and living areas. The final plan worked out something like one tent for every 40 acres of land. Every tent is right on the Tmor Rung River but all of the tents feel as if they are the only one for miles. The hike back to the tents can be a long one, especially at night, so a ranger with a Coleman lantern is always on standby to make sure you get to your tent safely.

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