Party Islands

4 Party Islands You Should Visit in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for travelers hoping to immerse themselves in exotic cultures, centuries-old archeological sites, beautiful rain forest trails, and bustling Asian mega-cities. If you’re looking for locations where you can swing by for a drink or two, meet new friends, and dance until you drop, Southeast Asia is also the place to be. Set amidst a spectacular backdrop of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and balmy weather, these party islands are sure to leave you breathless with the sybaritic pleasures they offer.

Boracay Island(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Boracay, Philippines

Whereas Palawan is often cited by travelers as the best island in the Philippines for experiencing the beauty of nature at its most magnificent, Boracay Island takes the cake when it comes to parties.  The island’s famous white-sand beaches are a major tourist draw for beach bums, but Boracay is also popular for being party central. Station 1 is where the best resorts and hotels in Boracay, Philippines are located, while Station 2 is the area where people go in order to shop, enjoy great food, and party. The place attracts some of the best DJs in the world, and beer is available for almost next to nothing.

Bali - Indonesia(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Bali, Indonesia

When it comes to island destinations, Bali ranks up there as one of the most iconic destinations in the world. Known largely for its beautiful mountains, thriving arts scene, luxurious spas, and colorful Hindu traditions, Bali is also popular for its bustling nightlife.

The Kuta district, in particular, offers a lively mishmash of bars and clubs where backpackers and travelers from all over the world drink and party to their hearts’ content. The mornings after are usually reserved for hitting the beach and surfing, which are sort of part of the recovery regimen of the island’s revelers.

When in Bali, make sure to drop by the Seminyak area, which is also home to some of the other happening night spots on the island.

Sihanoukville - Cambodia(Photo Source: Cristina Beltran)

Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

One of the craziest party hot spots in Southeast Asia is Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand. Located on the Gulf of Thailand off the country’s east coast, the island is the birthplace of the original Full Moon Festival. This party, which originated in the Haad Rin area, is an all-night celebration that happens before or after every full moon each month.

The festival-like event is attended by tourists from around the world, eager to partake in the party’s sea of booze, to watch fire poi and fire skipping rope performances, and to dance all night long. Numerous beach clubs and bars along the beach join the party by hosting musical performances and serving food and alcohol to the party-goers.

Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, Cambodia

Sihanoukville is easily Cambodia’s most happening beach destination. Here, Western-style bars and clubs can be found, especially in the famous Serendipity Beach, where backpackers typically stop over for a relaxing breather from their wanderings.

If you are looking for a more authentic island party experience, however, then you’ll be delighted to know that an island just 2.5 hours away offers just this. Koh Rong, which can be reached by ferry from Sihanoukville, is a place where you can enjoy great nights with live music, poi dancing, and bonfires. As a plus, the beach is sometimes illuminated with bio-luminescent plankton—natural party lights for a truly remarkable getaway in this still mostly undiscovered island paradise.

Southeast Asia is a vast, wondrous place full of things to see and do. It is at once exotic and familiar, at once ancient and modern. If you’ve explored much of what it has to offer in terms of nature destinations, heritage towns, and outdoors adventures, it’s time to unwind in some of its most happening party islands. Happy traveling!

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