Get your Party Hat On in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia, with its exotic fun-loving people, idyllic holiday destinations and vibrant cultures is definitely the place to get your party hat on!
Whether you’re a budget traveller touring Southeast Asia for a year, someone with a fetish for wild parties or just a person who wants to break out the monotony by grooving to some hot tunes on the beach, you’ve come to the right place: Southeast Asia!
From the moment Southeast Asia became a popular holiday destination for budget travellers, it also became one of the best regions in the world for parties!
Be it sing-alongs on the beach with a bottle of beer, wild raves, colourful and noisy discotheque dance competitions or classy cocktail parties on the roof of some exotic multi-story hotel, Southeast Asia offers it all!
So if you’re hell-bent on enjoying yourself and painting the town red, here are some spots you simply cannot afford to miss if you’re partying in Southeast Asia!
Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
If you’re heading to Thailand, there’s just no way you can miss out on one of the full moon parties on the island of Koh Pha Ngan!
The most infamous party in Southeast Asia, Koh Pha Ngan’s Full Moon Party on the Haad Rin sands attracts more than thirty thousand party lovers across the world every month!
Dance to the pulsing music and sweat it out on the sand until the sun comes up! And as you enjoy the frenzied cocktail of fun, dance and drink, remember that this is one party where anything goes, so you have to be careful about whom you make friends with! How to enjoy it: Get your own glow stick, take the time to paint your body and pull out those buckets! It’s time to party till dawn!
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Kuta Beach is a world-famous party destination with a myriad of open-air pubs, discos and restaurants!
If you’re heading to Bali, don’t miss out on this ever-on party that starts as the sun goes down. Enjoy the kaleidoscopic multi-hued sunset on the beach, and head into one of the open-air pubs to begin your evening of fun, dance and laughter.
For budget travellers, the dance clubs are just enough but if you’re looking to spend some serious cash and rub shoulders with Bali’s elite, try the European lounges and jazz clubs.
Just up Kuta beach is Seminyak, which is a more up-market party destination as compared to Kuta. Seminyak’s beach-side clubs are a must-go area, with their cheap cocktails, fantastic DJs who keep the place thumping and amazing party atmosphere. If you head to Seminyak, remember to dress well and have a wad of cash in your pocket. Some of the interesting spots in Seminyak are the Potato Head Beach Club and Ku de Ta, where you can watch Bali’s exotic sunsets with your favourite beverage in hand!
You can read more about Bali here: Bali – Land of History, Beauty, Culture and Beaches!
Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Perhaps the most attractive party destination spot in the world for backpackers and adventure lovers alike, Khao San Road in Bangkok is the one place where you can literally do anything! A hot, melded neon fusion of discotheques, bars, pubs, clubs that are open all night allow you to feed your fetish, no matter what type of party animal you may be!
On Khao San Road, it’s all about giving in to your wildest desires, socializing and having devilish fun. This hive of activity may just be what you need if you’re trying to let go!
Vang Vieng, Laos
At first glance, Vang Vieng is just another sleep village hidden in the mountains of Laos. Look a little further and you’ll be surprised at just how many travellers are lounging about and lazing in the sun!
But when you see the people floating lazing on river tubes with a drink in hand, the big slide allowing people to slide directly into the water and the wooden shacks on the sides of the river offering cheap drinks and sun loungers, you’ll understand exactly what it so appealing about Vang Vieng!
Take a river tube down the river and when see a shack with interesting going-on, wave and you’ll find a zip line ready to drag you out dripping! Party till you’re ready to get back in the water and float to your next spot!
Manila, one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, is one of the best party destination options if you’re looking for a party in Southeast Asia!
This city offers all sorts of party options, so whether you’re looking for a frenzied party of drink and socializing, a karaoke sing-along contest, a place where fetishes can be indulged or an up-market club where you can spend some serious cash and make friends with an elite crowd, you’re in the right place: Manila!
Nice party spots are on Kalayaan Avenue while the somewhat seedy ones are on P.Burgos Street. While you can get everything you want on P.Burgos Street, don’t forget to keep your wits about you!
For an in-depth look at Manila, read our article: Places to see in Manila, Philippines
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
If you’re a party-goer looking for an endless round of fun, drinking and games, you might want to head to Gili Trawangan Island off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia! This place is where you can literally get everything you need under the sun to enjoy yourself.
There are no police on this island, which increases the party atmosphere. In fact, despite being illegal, many restaurants openly sell drugs on their menus. Gili Trawangan has three majorly parties a week that you might want to be a part of if you’re into this sort of thing!
Pham Ngu Lao, Saigon, Vietnam
Vietnam is more of a social, ecological and historical tourist destination in Southeast Asia, which is why it’s not really known for the good party. However, if you ever visit Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon, you’ll see why this backpacker district is one hot party zone after the lights go out! With plenty of street stalls selling local cuisine such as pho noodles and western-style clubs and discos, Pham Ngu Lao is one place where you can let your hair down and just relax as you dance and enjoy Saigon’s vibe! You can try out one of the recently opened discos from the area, the Crazy Buffalo!