Asia is one of my favourite regions in the entire world. There’s a reason I’ve found myself spending the majority of the last 2 years here. Between immersing myself into the culture and exploring the beauty the region has to offer, there is one big draw for ~ the partying traveler ~ to stay here – cheap alcohol, beach parties, jungle parties, rooftop parties, city parties, bar crawls, booze cruises, full moon parties, Asia has it all!
Of course, we start with Thailand:
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Home of the original Full Moon Party, how could we forget Koh Phangan. Regardless of how well known it is, it’s surely more than earned its place on this list.
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi offers a proper party with an element of the chill to boot. At night, you’ll find every bar on the island rammed. From the beach bars with their fire shows to the mini-clubs on the hostel strip, all fuelled by cheap beers and infamous ‘buckets’, you’ll be able to find all you need.
Crazy parties, beautiful beaches, delicious food, great shopping. Oh, did we mention the crazy parties? Boracay beach is lined with an array of nightly entertainment further fueled by a diverse range of backpackers from around the world all looking to join in the intoxicating atmosphere. If you are in The Philippines around late April/early May, you will want to check out the La Boracay Festival, which draws heavy comparisons to Thailand’s Full Moon Party.
Also, be sure not to miss the famous Boracay Pub Crawl and Frendz Hostel Boat Party.
Forget Kuala Lumpur and definitely leave Penang well alone, if you’re looking for a proper party in Malaysia, this little island is it. During the sunlight hours it’s all about relaxing on some of the most perfect beaches you’re ever likely to see (and these will come in very useful later), while in the evening things get a little crazy.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia might not be the most popular place to party among South-East Asia backpackers — but this is one incredible city with an abundance of amazing nightlife options! I’ve spent a decent amount of time in Kuala Lumpur, and I’ve had some really great nights out partying in the city.
This is Cambodia’s top party island where the drinks are cheap and the nights are raucous! Hit up Serendipity and Occheuteal beaches for some great bars with some incredible views over that beautiful blue sea and beer it up in style.
HCMC/Saigon, Viet Nam
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Kuta is where you will find the perpetual party, fit for all ages. Sounds rather like a fairy tale, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not far off.
After watching the perfect sunset on the beach with a few bottles of beers it’s time to hit some of the open air bars for some beers and a little chow. Once you feel sufficiently amped up and right for the part, it’s time to seek out a club. The cool thing here is there’s actually a choice. If you’re looking for something big, loud and sweaty, then there’s no shortage of dance and electro clubs playing host to local and international acts.
Koh Rong, Cambodia
Now this really is the jewel in this list. If you want your party to have a tinge of the Robinson Crusoe to it, this is the one for you. It’s not the craziest of parties and way more about the atmosphere. It’s still in the embryonic stage, where travellers have found a piece of paradise, tell others, and slowly they all congregate.
Van Vieng, Laos
The hedonistic party capitol of Laos has gotten a bad reputation in the past decade for being a destination fueled by booze, drugs, sex, and irresponsible backpackers. Several years ago a few backpackers died in Vang Vieng, and the local authorities finally cracked down on the city.