Where da party at in Asia?
Full moon parties. Beach bars errrywhere. Massive cities that take it next level. And cheap beer. Asia is party heaven. So get your dancing shoes (or no shoes) and your party vibes buzzin’ cause THIS is where da party’s at in Asia!
Koh Pha-Ngan, Thailand
It’s impossible to talk about partying in Asia without starting with big daddy – Koh Pha-Ngan’s full moon party. With a well deserved reputation for debauchery, this monthly festival is definitely not for the faint hearted. Upwards of 25,000 people gather on the beach for beats, buckets and face paint in a raucous celebration that many backpackers schedule their whole trip around. Don’t let the schedule put you off though – Koh Pha-Ngan also offers up ‘half moon’ parties every other fortnight, ‘quarter moon’ parties for the weeks in between and ‘black moon’ parties in between. In other words – it’s always pumping!
Tip - If you’re travelling over Australian summer (when it’s soggier in Koh Pha-Ngan), check out Bangla Road on Phuket’s Patong Beach instead.
Singapore has shaken off its image as a strict and uptight one-nighter of a city, emerging as an increasingly popular destination for a quick break or extended stopover. Unlike some of Asia’s better known hot spots, the night life is still a well kept secret. It is also home to one of Asia’s best underground gay + lesbian scenes. Giant clubs sate the Lion City’s thirst for top line international DJs, such as Paul van Dyk or Dyro. The multi-level Zouk is an institution that has to be experienced to be believed, with a lot of newer clubs such as Altimate, Trace and Tanjong Beach Club following in its footsteps. Be warned though – your hippie pants and fluoro singlet will not get you far here, with the fashion and entry requirements decidedly up market.
Tip - If you’re looking for something similar, check out Hong Kong’s Star Street or the area around Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers (Skybar is a must!).
Van Vieng, Laos
If tubing down the Nam Song River in Van Vieng isn’t on your bucket list yet, write this down. Picture yourself on an inflatable rubber tire, floating along the water with the jungle reaching from the banks up to the mountains above - it is one of the most picturesque bar hopping experiences anywhere in the world. Recent changes to the scene have made Van Vieng less of a ‘rave river’ (a good thing), but the party is definitely still happening and worth a visit for the scenery alone.
Tip - Looking for a different piece of paradise to party on until the small hours? Check out Cambodia’s Sihanoukville instead.
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Often unfairly overlooked in ‘best of’ lists in favour of better known Bangkok, Hanoi is one of the best big cities to party in throughout Asia. No night out in Hanoi can start without sitting on plastic stools and drinking Bia Hoi, locally brewed Vietnamese draught beer. From here, you can either hit up the bars and clubs in the Old Quarter around Hoan Kiem Lake or mix it up with locals + expats in the French Quarter or further afield. For a decidedly inauthentic pirate-themed experience, try ‘walking the plank’ at King Pirates Bar. Expert tip: don’t freak out if the lights go out for a few minutes at midnight and staff ask everyone to be quiet. Hanoi has an official curfew of 12pm which clubs often pretend to enforce.
Tip - Once you’ve partied in Hanoi, don’t forget to check out Ho Chi Minh City at the opposite end of Vietnam. Check out the epic skyline from The View’s rooftop bar!
Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
With cheap beers, friendly people and a super short plane ride from home, it’s no wonder that Aussie travellers have been flocking to Bali for years. This doesn’t mean that you have to run into half of your high school mates and discuss the footy results in Kuta though! Grab a ferry across to car-free Lombok and the Gili Islands instead. After you’ve hiked up Mt Rinjani and had your fill of epic diving, save some stamina for the best of all night beach parties in Asia, bar none. Start the night off at a reggae joint sipping cocktails and watching fire twirlers, before heading on to some of the crazier bars that will keep you going until sunrise. Tip - Had your fill of Bali already? Get yourself over the Philippines to check out the newer scene in Boracay instead.
This sweet blog was written by Josh Cranston from Student Flights Anzac Parade, NSW, who has TONNES of experience partying and living it up across Asia! For the latest deals on travel, browse our great range of offers online, call 1800 046 462 or visit your local Student Flights.