The 7 Best Music Festival Cruises To Experience Before You Die

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Attending a music festival on a cruise ship is definitely something you must experience at least once in your life.  However, I should warn you, that after you spend a few days raving at sea, the idea of going back to camping festivals might not sound too great.  It’s honestly the most comfortable way to enjoy a festival, because it’s also an incredible vacation.  The destinations are always beautiful, the cruise amenities are top-notch, and the sunrises / sunsets you’ll witness while onboard the ship will leave you speechless.  If you’re looking for the best cruise music festivals, I strongly suggest you add these to your festival bucket list.

1 ) Groove Cruise

When:  October 7-9, 2017 (Los Angeles) — January Dates TBS (Miami)

Departing:  (January) Miami, and (October) Los Angeles

Destination:  Various locations.  Bahamas, Grand Turk, Mexico, etc…


Groove Cruise is the OG festival at sea, and will definitely be one of the best experiences your life!  I’ve now attended two different Groove Cruises, and it’s simply unlike any other festival I’ve ever attended.  Check out my articles on why Groove Cruise is the Ultimate Festival Vacation & Groove Cruise Miami:  96 Hours of Atmospheric Bliss to get a better understanding why.  There are two separate editions every year, so start planning now and join the loving #GCFAM !


When:  Every January (2 Weekends)

Departing:  Port Canaveral, Florida  

Destination:  Various locations:  Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, etc.


Having just successfully finished their 8th and 9th voyages, HOLY SHIP has made some major waves in the cruise festival scene.  Their line-ups are always stacked with an eclectic mix of bass / electro/ G-House artists, and the previous destinations they’ve sailed to are absolutely gorgeous.  The main reason I want to go on Holy Ship is to witness the legendary Destructo Sunrise Sermon Set!

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Party on the back of the boat! #SpiceH2O #HolyShip #ShipFam

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3 ) Shipsomnia

When:  June 14-18, 2017

Departing:  Barcelona, Spain

Destination:  Ibiza, Spain


Unoffficially nicknamed “Tomorrowland Of The Sea”, Shipsomnia is guaranteed to be a party you never forget.  It’s maiden voyage sailed from Singapore – Thailand, and was one of the best festivals in South-East Asia.  They are now preparing for it’s second edition leaving from Barcelona, and making it’s way to everyone’s favorite party island. This event is likely to sell-out rather quickly, so plan well in advance to ensure your spot on the “Tale of the Kraken”.

4 )  Inception At Sea

The world’s first ever floating spring break music festival!

When:  March 13-17, 2017  

Departing:  Miami, Florida

Destination:  CocoCay & Nassau, Bahamas


“The second annual Inception at Sea Spring Break Cruise will be setting sail March 13-17, 2017 from Miami to multiple destinations in the Caribbean for a 4-night music festival experience, with 96+ straight hours of music and partying.”  I’m personally going on this festival in just a few weeks, and can’t wait to share my experience with everyone!

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5 ) Anchored By Unique Cruise

7 Days.  7 Events.  7 pool Parties.  2500 People!

When:  June 11-18, 2017  

Departing:  Rome, Italy   

Destination:  Santorini -> Mykonons -> Monte Carlo -> Cannes  


This week long voyage sounds almost too good to be true.  Sailing to four destinations, in three different countries, this will be a vacation of a lifetime  This is the first ever edition, so if you don’t have plans in mid-June, you should definitely check this out!  The line-up is looking amazing already, and I know this is going to be a full-week of nothing but groovy house and techno.

“A fresh and innovative cruise looking to combine some of the very best of the nightlife you would normally find in Ibiza along with all the glamour of yachting and cruising.  Our vision is to be an exclusive holiday choice for the influential and glamorous.”

Double tap if our line-up has got you buzzing to get #Anchored17 this year! Tag your shipmates!

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6 ) The Ark

When:  August 31 – September 3, 2017

Departing:  Barcelona, Spain

Destination:  Ibiza, Spain & Marseille, France


ELROW ON A SHIP FOR FOUR DAYS!?  Is this real life…?  This cruise simply looks like it’s be the experience of a life.  Take a look browse through the website and check out all the incredible stages, trip packages, and information about the venue of “the Feedom Of the Seas“.  It honestly won’t take you much convincing to start planning your trip!

“Four days long the ship will cruise the Mediterranean Sea in a tropical setting making sure mankind would not only survive, but to be fruitful, joyful and most of all: for mankind to create. To create an atmosphere in which any animal would duplicate. To create an environment in which everybody is loved, accepted and musically connected. To create conversation where likeminded people share stories and discuss the strings of life.”

7 ) Mdrinity Cruise

The First 100% Underground Electronic Music Cruise

When: September 16-20, 2017

Departing:  Genova, Italy

Destination:  Barcelona -> Mallorca -> Ibiza  


“Setting off from Genova, this wild 4-night Mediterranean voyage, with stopovers at Barcelona, Mallorca, and Ibiza, will soon be the exclusive settings for an unforgettable party experience!

Each of 5 stages, including the main dance floor which is located above deck, will have its own unique atmosphere and a befitting line-up to go with it, providing an insane 24h a day music offer!”


8)  It’s The Ship *BONUS*

When:  November (2017 Dates TBA)

Departing:  Singapore

Destination:  Langkawi, Malaysia


This is Asia’s largest festival at sea, and should absolutely be added to your travel / festival bucket list!  They’ve had two successful voyages in the past that both have had massive line-ups, and sailed to beautiful tropical destinations!  I spent almost two years traveling around South-East Asia, and one of my biggest regrets is not attending It’s The Ship!  While 2017 dates / information haven’t been released, you should definitely keep this in mind if you’re planning a trip out to South-East Asia!

Our Day 1 pictures from #ITSTHESHIP2016 are up on Facebook! Check it out shipmates! ⚓️

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The 8 Best Camping Music Festivals in California

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I’m a firm believer that nothing makes a festival more complete then adding camping into the experience.  While some people loathe the idea of not having a bed, a clean private bathroom, and a lack of electricity — a weekend camping trip surrounded by friendly people and great music is one of the best ways to relax, party, meet new people, and have a good time.

Check out my list of the best camping festivals in California.  

1 ) Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  April 14-16 & April 21-23, 2017
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Coachella is without a doubt the biggest and most popular festival in California.  Every year thousands of festival addicts make their way to the Polo Fields for what is guaranteed to be a weekend experience you’ll never forget.  The line-up is always diverse, with a little bit of something to offer everyone.  It might be one of the most expensive festivals to attend, but it honestly is worth every penny.  When it comes to camping at Coachella — it’s a no brainer.  The campsites are well-organized, and you’ll definitely be happy that you can leave / enter the festival whenever you want.  Especially since alcohol is so pricey inside, it would be a great idea to head back to your campsite and chug a few beers in between artist sets.

Day 2 by @scott_kranz

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2 ) Dirtybird Campout

You’re never too old to go to summer camp!  Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

  • When:  October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Silverado, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Did you ever go to summer camp when you were a kid?  Well, that’s basically what a weekend away with the Dirtybird crew is going to be like — but with much better food, amazing music,  and a lot more alcohol.  They’ve got plans for kickball, boat races, a talent show, tug – of – war, arts & crafts, stand-up comedy, and much more.  Tucked away at a gorgeous park in Southern-California, Dirtybird Campout is much more than a music event — it’s an intimate gathering of camp friends and “camp counselors” simply to enjoy some good tunes and excellent atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on this one!

2016 Line-Up: Claude Von Stroke, Reggie Watts, Green Velvet, Catz n Dogz, J Phlip, Justin Martin, and so much more…


Christan Martin — Road to Dirtybird Campout Mix

3 ) Lightning In a Bottle

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Lightning in Bottle is a a transformative festival that is filled with nothing but good vibes, amazing music, and beautiful scenery.  The line-up is always stacked with amazing electronic artists that will keep you dancing the entire time.  While it is one hell of a party — it also has the power to change you on a spiritual level.  Get involved.  Do Yoga.  Listen to the speakers.  It’s 3 days of pure bliss of camping, food, drink, art, self-expression, and dancing.  Check it out– you’ll be glad you did.

Two days until we recreate the Woogie dance floor magic! See you this wknd, Wooglets! Tix:

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4 ) Beyond Wonderland

Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.

  • When:  Mid March, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website
  • Why:  Southern-California is the birthplace of the rave culture in the United States, and Insomniac Events are known for throwing the biggest and best festivals in America.  Beyond Wonderland is one of their main festivals throughout the year, and will be one rave experience you’ll never forget.  Insomniac always brings a top-notch line-up with the biggest names in dance music.  With 5 different stages, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the line-up which acts you want to see.

Check out the 2016 Line-up to get an idea of what to expect for next years event.

#Repost from @beyondwland: #QueensDomain: Breathtaking & more beautiful than ever. ??✨ #TravelBeyond #BeyondSoCal

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5 ) Nocturnal Wonderland

4 days of Camping, 3 Nights of Music, Art, Family, and Culture. Carpe Noctem!

  • When:  September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  Out of all the 3-day festivals in California, Nocturnal Wonderland is probably the biggest and best rave you can attend.  Insomniac Events are simply experts at providing the perfect atmosphere and music to create an experience that you will never forget.  The line-up is absolutely stacked, the vibe is unbeatable, and the venue is ideal for a festival of this magnitude.  If you don’t have plans for labor day weekend — then look no further.  This is exactly where you need to be.

2016 Line-Up:  Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Hot Since 82, Flux Pavilloon, Hermitude, Pig & Dan, Laidback Luke, Matador (Live), Mat Zo, Nicole Moudaber, Caspa b2b Rusko, Knife Party, and so many more.   Check-out the full line-up here.  


5 ) Wanderlust Festival

At Wanderlust, our mission is to help you find your true north.  True north is not a final destination:  it’s a path, a journey, and a yearning to explore and connect to your life’s purpose.

  • When: July 20-23, 2017
  • Where:  North Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  Stepping away from the bigger parties and raves, Wanderlust is a weekend getaway that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  Focusing on self-exploration, daily yoga sessions, guided adventures, local and sustainable food, and incredible live music. — Wanderlust is an epicenter of good vibes.  They throw these Wanderlust festivals all over the world, and attending the California edition will be a very smart decision.

Unplug from the Ordinary.  Adventure awaits.

Enjoy the view.? #OnlyInWhistler ? #Wanderlust2016 #WanderlustFestival ?

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6 ) Northern Nights Festival

  • When:  July 14-16, 2017
  • Where:  Cook Valley, California
  • Website:
  • Why:  “Cook’s Valley Campground is a festival site unlike any other. It is a rare gem.  The festival grounds feature deep swimming holes, the largest Redwood grove used for camping, and plenty of space to stretch out. Northern Nights Music Festival is a unique and safe experience for both newcomers and seasoned campers.   Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.”

Check out previous year line-ups to see the amazing talent they’ve brought in the past.

Northern Nights Mix – Gorgon City


7 ) High Sierra Music Festival

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  HSMF is one of the oldest festivals in California, having just finished it’s 26th edition in 2016.  Every year they provide an excellent variety of entertainment to it’s attendees.  This family friendly camping festival is guaranteed to be a highlight of your summer with top-notch music, fire performers, movement classes, parades, and silent discos.  This is definitely a music festival in California you need to experience at least once in your life.

Check out previous line-ups to get an idea of what to expect for 2017.

Mixtape 1977 High Sierra Music Festival 07/02/16

This is High Sierra Music Festival #pentax #ricoh #k3ii #hsmf #hsmf2016 #festival #highsierramusicfestival @stevepoltz @highsierramusic

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8 ) Woogie Weekend

A 3-day long celebration of all things Woogie!

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:
  • Why:  Lightning in a Bottle’s most iconic stage, “Woogie” has created it’s own boutique camping festival in Silverado, CA.  Having an amazing first year edition in 2016, this looks like it may become one of the ultimate summer getaways.  Above anything else — this just looks like pure FUN.  Beautiful people, gorgeous location, and bumping underground electronic music.

There you have it!  These are the Top 8 Camping Festivals in California!

How many have you been to already…? 

Check out my other articles about music festivals around the world.

Am I missing any great campign music festivals in California ?  Let me know in the comments section.

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Top 5 Music Events in Sydney [April 2016]

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re living in Sydney.  Every weekend there’s heaps of different options of club events, parties, and festivals  .  It actually kind of sucks sometimes when it comes to my financial situation.  Every weekend I try to tell myself I won’t go out and party, but I can’t resist a quality event if there’s good music…

I honestly could have extended this to make it much longer, but there are other websites for that.  For all you Sydney party folk, these are the top 5 events you should be attending this April.

1 )   Distrikt *SASH* – Sunday, April 3


After a wildly successful 5 year anniversary last weekend, SASH is throwing possibly an even bigger event this upcoming Sunday.  Combining the energy of Burning Man, Subsonic, and SASH — this is a Sunday party that will definitely be worth calling in sick on Monday.  If you haven’t been to a Sash Sunday Session before, then this is the perfect time to change that.

“In alignment with the spirit of one of our home-grown events, Subsonic have teamed up with S*A*S*H to play host to Ben Seagren, DJ Kramer and Paul Geddes under the DISTRIKT banner as the Australian summer begins to cool.
Whether you’re gearing up for it, reminiscing about it or want a taste of it the DISTRIKT stage is one of the most sought-after highlights at the infamous Burning Man event with a style, pizazz and sound truly their own.”

Music Inspiration — Ben Seagren Live @ Desert Hearts


2pm till 10pm / $15 all day on the door

Join the Facebook Event 

2 )  Civic Underground Saturdays



If you’re keen for a solid party on Saturday night, than you can’t go wrong with heading over to Civic Underground.  They’ve got great events every weekend in April, but I’d definitely recommend April 2nd, April 9th, and April 30th.  Any chance to attend a Blueprint Entertainment event will be a night of non-stop quality tunes, and having just seen Murat Kilic & Robbie Lowe at Return to Rio, I know the event on the 9th is going to be incredible.

2/4 – Blueprint
9/4 – Trinity & Phil Smart
16/4 – Sessions
23/4 – We Love
30/4 – Blueprint

Music Inspiration – Uone Live at Rainbow Serpent

Robbie Lowe Colour Sessions Mix


Tickets:  // Guest-List:

Join the Facebook Event

3 ) Grooving The Moo — Saturday / Sunday April 23 -24


Okay…so not technically in Sydney…

One of the biggest touring festivals in Australia is coming up in April, and Sydney party folk have two solid options to choose from.  Neither of these are actually close to Sydney, but it’s definitely going to be an event well worth the drive.  With a line-up this stacked, you’re definitely in for an epic one-day festival!  I’ll be making an appearance at the Canberra event, and I can’t wait to see Golden Features, Alison Wonderland, Ratatat, and Odesza!

Music Inspiration – Golden Features Hidden City Mix


Purchase Tickets — $110

Join the Facebook Events

4 )  Carl Cox Presents Pure — Saturday, April 23


For all the techno fans in Sydney — this event is a no-brainer.  Carl Cox & Joseph Capriati are two of my favorite DJ’s to see live.  Their skills behinds the decks are impeccable, their song selection is perfect, and they are definitely going to put on one hell of a show.  With tickets being so cheap (relatively speaking), this is an event that should not be missed .  I’ll already be in Canberra getting ready for GTM, but if I wasn’t — this is exactly where I would be spending my Saturday night.

Music Inspiration — Mixmag Live & Direct — Carl Cox


Purchase Tickets ( $80 First Release / $90 Second Release)

Join the Facebook Event

5 )  Godskitchen Presents “The Last Dance” — Saturday, April 30



This is arguably the best trance line-up that has ever been brought to Sydney.  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been to a quality trance festival, and I’m definitely thinking that Godskitchen is going to change that.  I’ve seen almost all of these DJ’s before, and they are all incredible.  Funny story, when I was naming my little travel blog, I was listening to heaps of trance at the time.  #TranceAroundTheWorld


SUSANA (live)

Music Inspiration – Cosmic Gate Live at Dreamstate San Francisco

Purchase Tickets ( $167)  **SOLD OUT**

Join the Facebook Event (try and buy tickets there)

Venue Listings + More Events

Get Together w/ Robbie Lowe, U-Khan, & Tristan Case — April 1st @ The Jam Gallery

Zoo Project — Dave Seaman (April 2nd)

Chinese Laundry — Grillz, Alex Niggermann, Mija, Will Clarke, and more…

Pacha Sydney Events — Elk Road, Party Thieves, Purple Disco Machine, Sigala, U2 & Oski

Marquee Sydney Events — Marlo, Tigerlily, Stafford Brothers

Argyle Turns 9 – April 15-16

Going to be an amazing month for music!  My bank account is going to hate me…

See you on the dancefloors.

For more Sydney Party information check out:

Resident Advisor — The best nightlife events in Sydney.

House And Techno Sydney (H.A.T.S) — Nightlife events for electronic music

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30 Music Festivals in Australia To Experience Before You Die

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Looking for the best music festivals in Australia?  Look no further.  I’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of music festivals in the land down under.  Something I’ve realized about living in this amazing country, is that there is always something fun to do, and that includes music festivals.  Every weekend there’s always some event, party, or festival to check out.

Whether you’re living in Australia, backpacking around, studying abroad, or on a working holiday visa — definitely check out this list of the best parties to attend.  From the massive raves, boutique camping festivals, and epic bush doofs — Australia has all the festival junkies covered.


1.  Splendour In The Grass

  • When:  End of July
  • Where:  North Byron Parklands
  • Website:
  • Why:  Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is in a beautiful location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres.  This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.


2.  Stereosonic

  • When:  End Of November / Beginning of December
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Website:
  • Why:  Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list.  Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.

*2016 Edition cancelled but will return in 2017*


3.  Field Day

  • When:  January 1 (New Years Day)
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:
  • Why:  Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.


4.  Harbourlife

  • When: Beginning of November
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:
  • Why:  The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country.  Tickets can be hard to come by, so act fast and secure them before they sell out!


5.  Lost Paradise


6. Strawberry Fields

  • When:  Mid / End of November
  • Where:  Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
  • Website:
  • Why:  Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.


7.  Subsonic

  • When:  Beginning of December
  • Where:  Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
  • Website
  • Why:  Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney.  Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno.  From what I’ve heard, this is a party that should not be missed!


8.  Listen Out

  • When:  End of September / Beginning of October
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Website:
  • Why:  Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.


9.  Wide Open Space

  • When:  Beginning of May
  • Where:  Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)
  • Website:
  • Why:  3 days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs.  This sounds like the ultimate outback festival!


10.  Groovin The Moo

  • When:  End of April / Beginning of May
  • Where:  Oakbank, Bunbury, Benoigo, Canberra, Maitland, and Townsville
  • Website:
  • Why:  On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate.  This upcoming 2016 edition has one of the best line-ups that I’ve seen so far during my time in Australia.  With this festival hitting up each state in the country, you’d be a fool to miss out!

11.  The Town

  • When:  Easter Weekend
  • Where:  Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
  • Website:
  • Why:  ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’.  Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit


12.  Happy Daze Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Central Queensland
  • Website:  
  • Why:  A 3-Day Open Air Music & Arts Festival.  The Happy Daze Festival brings fresh eclectic flavours to Central Queensland. Gaining momentum from last years event, this realm of stimulating sights, sounds and activities is sure to tantalise the senses.


13 ) Return to Rio

  • When:  Mid November & Mid March (Summer & Opening & ClosingParties)
  • Where:  Wiseman’s Ferry
  • Website:
  • Why:  A 3 day- weekend filled with music and fun, dancing and drinking, and laughter and sun.  If you haven’t heard of Return to Rio before, you’re definitely missing out.  It’s an intimate weekend away that feels like just a gathering with friends to listen to top-notch underground house music.  This was honestly one of my favorite weekends in Australia!

Read my Return to Rio review & Check out my Return to Rio Photo Album

14)  Let Go Fest

  • When: February 4, 2017
  • Where:  Mornington, Victoria
  • Website:
  • Why:  One beautiful summer day of quality dance music, food, and entertainment.  While it may be one of the newer festival on the list, it will definitely be a solid event.  The line-up this year is looking amazing with Australian favorites RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James


15)  Rabbits Eat Lettuce

  • When:  Easter Long Weekend
  • Where:  Byron Bay (Doofville)
  • Website:
  • Why:  4 days of camping, BYO, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes & good music.  “Open your Heart.  Develop your Mind.  Move your Body”.  Everyone who has been has told me it is an absolute must!

16 ) Big Pineapple Music Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Sunshine Coast, Queensland (woombeye
  • Website:
  • Why:  Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, treelined surroundings, or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one- day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.


17)  Rainbow Serpent

  • When:  End of January (27-30, 2017)
  • Where:  Lexton, Victoria
  • Website:
  • Why:  This is arguably one of Australia’s most popular festivals, and is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.  For music festival junkies, this is a no-brainer.  “It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”

18 )  Earthcore

  • When: Nov 24 – 28, Nov 2016
  • Where: Pyalong, Victoria
  • Website:
  • Why:  “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!


19)  Falls Festival

  • When: End of December – Beginning Of January.  New YEARS EVE
  • Where:  3 Locations.  Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay
  • Website:
  • Why:  The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.  The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts.  Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.

One the Australia’s Best New Years Eve Music Festivals

20)  Dragon Dreaming

  • When:  Mid October , 2016
  • Where:  Wee Jasper, NSW
  • Website:
  • Why:  Enter the mind and imagination of the Dragon for four days in October in witness of a most beautiful festival!  Dragon Dreaming takes pride in nurturing local artists, live bands and DJs while providing an environment suitable for families and children of all ages. Dragon Dreaming Festival is approaching its seventh year and intend leaving all attendees feeling satisfied, fresh and inspired.  Dragon Dreaming Festival admits to getting down to a wide variety of musical tastes and we will present a carefully selected line up ranging from live bands, gypsy, dub, tribal rhythms, psytrance, breaks, dubstep, glitch, progressive, ambient, house, reggae and the list journeys on… Find your groove over the weekend on three different amplified stages. So put on your stomping shoes or your belly dancing jewels and have a boogie with your friends and family.


21)  Burning Seed (Burning Man Australia)

  • When:    September 28th – October 3rd, 2016
  • Where:  Matong State Forest, NSW
  • Website:
  • Why:  Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location.  This regional burn in Australia is something that you defintiely should not miss if you’re in Australia.  For those burners who can’t make the trek to Black Rock City in Nevada — this is the festival you’ll need to attend!

**Unfortunately had to cancel it’s 2016 edition due to weather, but will be back in 2017


21)  Maitreya Festival

  • When:  Mid-March (March 11-14, 2016)
  • Where:  Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
  • Website:
  • Why:  Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago!  The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!

22) The Plot

  • When:  End of November / Early December
  • Where:  Parramatta Park, Sydney
  • Website:
  • Why:   With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed.  Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.


23)  Laneway Festival

  • When:  Check Facebook dates for upcoming events (there’s tons)
  • Where:  Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
  • Website
  • Why:  This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore.  With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out.  If you don’t go for anyone


24 ) Electric Gardens Festival

  • When:  End of January
  • Where:  Centennial Park, Sydney — Perth Ampitheatrre
  • Website:
  • Why:  This one day-festival in both Sydney and Perth is an absolute must.  Having experienced the Sydney event for myself, I can confidently say that this will be a party you will never forget.  They bring amazing talent, it’s very well organized, and the production value was top-notch!  Don’t miss this one!  Read all about my Electric Gardens Review !!

25 )  Woodford Folk Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – Jan 1 (New Years Eve Festival)
  • Where:  Woodfordia, Queensland
  • Website:
  • Why:  Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.

26 )  Mushroom Valley

  • When:   October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Near the Whitsundays
  • Website:
  • Why:  3 Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia.  Definitely could easily fit into your travels, or would be a great weekend getaway.


27 )  Byron Bay BluesFest

  • When: March 24th- 28th, 2016
  • Where:  Byron Bay, NSW
  • Website:
  • Why:  Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.

28 )  Mona Foma Festival

  • When:  Mid January
  • Where:  Hobart, Tasmania
  • Website:
  • Why:  Tons of different events spread over three 3 days.  Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself down in Tassie.


29 )  Golden Plains Festival

  • When:  March 12-14, 2016
  • Where:  Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
  • Website:
  • Why: Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.

30 )  Southbound Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – 29, 2016
  • Where:  Busselton, Western Australia
  • Website:
  • Why:  Work off the Christmas Calories at an epic 3 day music and camping festival.  If you’re living around South Australia, than this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.       

Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it obviously has it’s fair share of quality music festivals.  Definitely looking forward to crossing a lot of these off my festival bucket list within the upcoming years.  Have you been to any of these?  What was your experience like?  Any major music festival missing from this list?  Let me know!  

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The 15 Best Places To Party in South-East Asia

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Looking for the best places to party in South-East Asia?

You’ve come to the right place…

Whether you move over here to teach English, book a short vacation, or embark on long-term backpacking trip — you are going to fall in love with South-East Asia.  The food, the culture, the beaches, the islands, the cities, the hostels…and the epic parties.  This region of the world has it all.

I’ve spent over 18 months in total traveling around South-East Asia, and I’m always down for a good rager.  I’ve always said that I’m happiest when I’m on a tropical beach, listening to good music, and watching the sunset (or sunrise after a long night of dancing).

I’ve put together this list of which I believe to be the best 15 places to party in South-East Asia.  If you’ve been to any of these places, I’m sure you can agree that they are all amazing places to get a little boozy, meet fellow travelers, and have a solid night.  If you’re planning a trip to any of these destinations, feel free to Contact Me with any questions you have.  I’d be happy to help out anyway with any questions.

How many have you already visited…?

1)  Koh Phangan, Thailand


While most people head to Koh Phangan just for the infamous Full Moon Party — this island actually has so much more to offer.  I like to refer to Koh Phangan as the “Ibiza of South-East Asia”, because there is literally a different party every night of the week.   If you’re planning a trip anytime soon, make sure you check out a website called the  They go over all the parties, hostel information, and other useful tips for visiting Koh Phangan.

Parties On The Island To Check Out Other Than The Full Moon Party  

  • Merkaba Beach Club — A really cool Ibiza style club with a pool, and amazing underground house music.  Check the FB page for upcoming party dates.  I actually went here one night instead of the FMP!  Located just a short drive away from Haad Rin Beach.
  • Maya — A beautiful and colorful venue in the jungle.  The type of music varies for each party, but it’s definitely worth a visit.
  • Guy’s Bar / Eden — An absolute must attend during your visit to Koh Phangan.  Tucked away in the deep part of the jungle, these are two of the best places to party on the island.  Known for it’s long hours, it’s the party that doesn’t stop.  It’s hard to get to, where you have to take a jungle taxi or boat to get to, but it’s well worth it!
  • The Jungle Experience — Normally happens before and after each Full Moon.  A bit expensive for the entry charge at 400 baht, but it’s a solid party with amazing music.  You’ll meet a ton of people, and see some pretty interesting characters dressed up in crazy body paint.
  • Sandcastle — A small club venue located in Haad Rin that is the best place to party during the Full Moon Party.  It’s not located directly on the beach, but definitely cruise here for a couple drinks.
  • Backyard Afterparty — If you go to the FMP and don’t see the sunrise, consider yourself a failure.  As well, part of the Koh Phangan experience is going to an afterparty.  Go to BACKYARD.  It’s amazing.


2)  Vang 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.

While the current party status of Vang Vieng might be a little bit more tame than “the glory days”…have no fear– this place is still absolutely insane.  If you’re not careful — you will lose your mind.

Tubing in Vang Vieng is an absolute blast.  It’s basically a bar crawl, but instead of walking from place to place, you float down your tube (beer in hand), and get pulled back to the mainland with a rope at the next bar.  The backpacker vibe is awesome.  Everyone is here to meet people, drink, and have a good time.


One of the bar stops while tubing in Vang Vieng


When you’re not tubing,  you’ll most likely find yourself paryting at one place — SAKURA BAR.  The motto of this place is “Drink Triple, See Double, Act Single.”  This place gets ridiculous at night, and you’ll definitely love it.  They offer free alcohol every night before 8 P.M, decent drink specials, and sell large laughing gas balloons.

If you happen to find yourself in Vang Vieng on a Friday night — make sure you check out the weekly Jungle Party.  It’s about a 15 minute drive away from the main strip, but there is free transportation available outside Sakura bar.  The venue is really cool, the party lasts all night, and it’s amazing underground house music.  Don’t miss out!  They also sell mushroom shakes there if you’re feeling like taking a trip down the rabbit hole.


3)  Gili Trawangan, Indonesia


The largest of the three Gili Islands has been nicknamed “The Party Island” — and for a very good reason.  Gili Trawangan isn’t just one of the most beautiful places in South-East Asia, it’s by far one of the craziest places to get your drink on.  There is a “weekly schedule” on the island for which bars / clubs to go to, and each and every one of them is a pretty damn good time.

As well, Gili Trawangan has two booze cruise parties that are too epic for words.  You join dozens of other young backpackers on a beautiful boat, sail around idyllic islands, and listen to amazing music.  The booze can get really pricey, but it’s all worth it for the experience.  The atmosphere on the boat is awesome, and watching the sunset while sailing around Indonesia with a bintang in your hand is something you’ll never forget.

Gili Trawangan Booze Cruise

Gili Trawangan Booze Cruise

As well, Gili Trawangan throws their own version of the “Half-Moon” & “Full-Moon” Parties.  It’s basically just an all night beach rave about a 20 minute walk from the night market, but it’s hands down one of the best parties on the island.  If you’re feeling like getting a bit more crazy, there are (practically legal) mushrooms on Gili Trawangan that are guaranteed to take your night to the next level.


4)  Halong Bay Castaway Island, Vietnam

Halong Bay.  Castaway Island tour.  Pure debauchery.  If you’ve been on this tour already — then you know what I’m talking about.  If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and are keen for an intense 3-day booze bender while visiting one of the most stunning areas in South-East Asia, then you need to book this Castaway Island Tour.  If you’re a budget backpacker, than the price of the tour is probably going to piss you off.  Yes, it’s damn expensive — but it’s honestly a really great experience.

However, I was fortunate enough to go on this trip with an incredible group of people and two awesome tour guides (Shoutout to Emilio & Tom).  But just with any packaged group tour, I think a trip like this ALL depends on the people you travel with.  I think the majority of the time you’ll meet some great people, drink heaps, and enjoy sailing through one of Vietnam’s highlights.  With that being said, not everyone is lucky.


5) Koh Phi Phi, Thailand


If people give you advice to skip Koh Phi Phi because it’s become “too touristy”  — ignore them.  Yes, I’m sure visiting Koh Phi Phi 20 years ago was so much better, but it’s definitely still one of the most beautiful places in Thailand!  Oh, and Koh Phi Phi is one the craziest party island in South-East Asia.  

In my opinion, Koh Phi Phi is a backpacker’s paradise.  There’s tons of people everywhere, amazing and cheap food, and really great nightlife.  It’s not a big island, but there’s still plenty to do and explore.  The snorkeling trips are affordable and gorgeous, the view points are stunning, and you can’t leave Thailand without visiting “The Beach”…right?

Favorite Places to Party

  • Slinky’s Beach Bar — This is the place to be when the night comes to an end.  Loud house music, laughing gas balloons, dancing on stages; this place is wild.
  • Ibiza Beach Bar — This starts out as a really chill lounge bar during the sunset and couple hours after, but things start to pick up towards the end of the night.
  • Stones Bar — Located right next to Ibiza Beach Bar, another great option to chill, play pool, and start your night.
  • Banana Bar — Happy hour from 4:20-6:20, Movie’s play every night at 7:00 P.M, then after the movie the party starts with beer pong, loud music, and tons of people.
  • Stockholm Syndrome —  A great place to beer pong, meet people, and party before making your way to the beach.


6)  Bali, Indonesia


The “Island Of The [Party] Gods”.

Bali is one of those destinations people visit once, and will keep going back for another stint in paradise.  There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and that includes those looking for an epic night of partying.  There are basically two main areas to party in Bali:

Kuta, Legian, & Seminyak Area

Sky Garden — This legendary mega club is a place you need to party at least once during your time in Bali.  There are so many different areas and rooms, and there are often big name DJ’s that stop by and play.  If you get in early, there can be ridiculous drink deals as well.  Insider tip: Try to rooftop buffet for dinner…it’s incredible and affordable.

Potato Head Beach Club — This probably needs zero introduction.  Potato Head Beach Club is one amazing venue in Bali, and is definitely the best location for a bit of Bali day drinking!  It is probably one of the most expensive places in Indonesia, but sometimes you have to forget about the budget, and “treat yo self”.  The pool is the perfect place to have a few beers, watch the sunset, and chat up other travelers.  I’d recommend eating before you go there, because the food is heaps expensive.

Jenja — If you’re in Bali on a Friday or Saturday night, this is where you want to go for a night of excellent house music.  This is a much fancier and more elegant venue than the majority of other clubs in Bali.  So dress in your finest, be ready to pay an entrance fee, and prepare for a quality clubbing experience.  Check out their Resident Advisor page for upcoming DJ appearances.    



Saturday Night Parties on Padang Padang Beach — Every Saturday locals, travelers, and head down to Padang Padang beach for an awesome night of live music, followed by DJ sets playing some commercial house tunes.  Who doesn’t love a beach party…?

Sundays Sessions at Single Finn — The absolute best party on Bali is found every Sunday night down at the beautiful Single Finn venue.  Perched at the top of Uluwatu Beach, this is the ultimate place to enjoy dinner, drinks, and the gorgeous Uluwatu Sunsets.  Around 9-10 P.M the place gets absolutely packed with beautiful people, and everyone dances to some top-notch electronic music.  You won’t be hearing any obnoxisous EDM here, just quality deep and tech house.  Definitely have a few drinks before you go in, because it can turn into a pretty expensive night.      

7)  Boracay, Philippines


While Boracay might not be on the typical South-East Asia backpacker route, it’s hands down one of the best places to party in South-East Asia.  For starters, you have to experience The Boracay Pub Crawl.  It’s an absolute blast, and really does “Turn Strangers Into Friends!  ”

After that, you need to check and see if there is a party at Area 51:  Top Secret Party Facility.  It’s an amazing venue away from the all main action, but there are only parties twice a month for the full moon and half moon parties.  If this place isn’t having an event during your visit, then check out what EPIC Nightclub has got going on.    

There’s tons of bars and nightclubs in Boracay to discover; it really just depends on what you are into and where the night takes you.  Check out this Ultimate Guide to Boracay’s Nightlife  for a more comprehensive look at all your options.


8) Koh Rong, Cambodia

“Nothing Can Go Wrong on Koh Rong” is the motto of this Cambodian paradise.  What is awesome about this place is that it can be exactly whatever you want it to be.  If you want to relax, do nothing, and forget about all your worries; that’s definitely possible.  But for those looking for a good time, Koh Rong has a lively and active party scene.  If there was one place to get to soon in South-East Asia, I would recommend Koh Rong.  Things are changing quickly on the island, but it currently still has it’s authentic charm.

Partying on Koh Rong is simply, all you have to do is walk up and down the main street, and follow the crowd.

When I was there, I spent a good amount of time at Vagabonds.  Definitely swing by there for a drink or two, and then see what else is going on.  The main stretch on Koh Rong isn’t large at all, so it won’t be too hard to find where the party people are at.  As well as the above two islands, Koh Rong does offer it’s own version of the Full Moon Party.  There’s no body paint or neon tanks, but there’s a party tucked away in the jungle with amazing underground house music.

No matter whether you want to party or not, just make sure you get to Koh Rong.  It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places in all of South-East Asia!

9)  Langkawi, Malaysia


Two words come to mind when I think of Langkawi:  TAX FREE.  Yup, Langkawi is a “duty-free” island, which makes the price of alcohol extremely cheap compared to the rest of Malaysia.  During high-season, this place is packed with budget backpackers and vacationers looking for a good time.

While there may not be heaps of options of party locations, that doesn’t really seem to matter here.  There are a few beach bars located on Pantai Beach which can be a great place to start the night with a few cocktails.  My recommendation would be to grab dinner and drinks at Yellow Café.  It’s a popular spot on the island, and should be visited at least once during your time on the island.

After grabbing dinner and a few drinks, you pretty much one have option — Sunba Retro Bar.  This is where you will be doing the majority of your partying when you’re on Langkawi.  This is pretty much the only club on the island, and it’s a damn good time.  It’s not the biggest venue, but the music is excellent, and it’s a great atmosphere inside.  If you’re not feeling like heading inside the club, just check out the bar right next door to Sunba.

10)  Koh Tao, Thailand

While backpackers normally flock to Koh Tao for the affordable PADI Scuba-Diving courses and rich marine biodiversity, that is only one of the aspects that make this island a must visit during your travels in Thailand.

Koh Tao nightlife is serious business — and you’re in for a couple crazy party nights here.  For starters, you can’t go wrong the Koh Tao Pub Crawl.  This is a great way to see some of the best bars on the island, attend a Lady Boy Cabaret, and meet fellow travelers.  The pub-crawl guides always do an excellent job of keeping everyone entertained, there are drink specials at each stop, and you’ll be looking good rockin’ a “Koh Tao Pub Crawl” singlet.  Don’t miss out.

Maya Beach Club —  The only bar on Koh Tao that has real DJs every night and a “NO CHEESE” music policy, top shelf cocktails and an imported wine list.  Both local and imported DJs spin tunes every night from sunset till late from a variety of genres that aren’t crappy remixes.

The Castle —  Probably the most well-known and respected venu on the island, The Castle is where you go for a quality night of dance music.  It’s about a 10-15 minute drive from Sairee Beach, and they host events about 2-3 times per week.

The truth of the matter is that you really don’t even need any advice about partying on Koh Tao — it’s as simple as partying hopping up and down Sairee Beach.  There are so many different venues playing a variety of different styles of music, fire jump roping (be cautious), and heaps of people to meet.  It’s a damn good time.


11) Sihanoukville, Cambodia

The main beach area of Cambodia “snookville” is definitely one wild and crazy party destination.  Start your evening with dinner & drinks at one of the many beachfront restaurants on Serendipity Beach.  Enjoy a beautiful sunset, a game or two of pool, and few pints of delicious Angkor beer.

The Two Main Party Hostspots in Sihanouvkville are the Dolphin Shack & JJ’s Playground.  There are several other bars and places to hang-out, but if you’re out partying in Sihaouvkille, there’s a 99% chance you’ll end up at one of two of these bars.  They both play similar music of EDM, hip-hop, and throwback classics.  The beers are cold, the drinks are cheap, and the backpacker vibe is amazing.  You’ll  drink, meet people, and will have one epic party night.

Both the Dolphing Shack & JJ’s Playground offer their own Booze Cruise — which I highly recommend.  Is there anything better than drinking while on a boat?   

12) 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.

Bar 51:  Welcome to your Kuala Lumpur starting point for the night.  Bar 51 is an upscale restaurant and bar located in the heart of Changkat Bukit Bintang, the main nightlife area in Kuala Lumpur.  There is one reason you come to this place — 5 MYR MOJITOS.  Yeah, that’s right.  You can get delicious mojitos for only $1.25 USD.   This special ends at 9 P.M every night, but you can order as many as you’d like right before the time ends, and they’ll keep bringing them out to you.  It’s an amazing spot, perfectly located, with very friendly staff.  If you’re going to Kuala Lumpur and fancy a delicious and cheap mojito, then definitely cruise over to Bar 51.

Heli Lounge This was once a helipad, but they turned it into a bar with amazing 360 degree views of the city.  Pretty cool concept, yeah?  While it might not be the best place to spend your entire evening, it’s definitely a must-visit during your visit to KL.  Go to the top about an hour or so before sunset, enjoy the views during the day and the night, and then head out for the night.


Reggae Mansion Rooftop BarFor all the backpackers out there, this is definitely one of the most popular hostels in all of South-East Asia.  The rooftop bar is a perfect place to spend a night drinking, even if you’re not staying there!  There is a DJ playing some fun dance music, a pool table, and decent drink specials.

Zouk KL 

UnderNINE:  For underground house and techno fans — this is where you’ll want to go.  The crowd is really great, the music is excellent, and the venue is pretty cool.DSC_0805

13)  Pai, Thailand


Haven’t you heard…?  Pai is incredible!  When you’re traveling around Thailand, it will be pretty damn hard to find someone who doesn’t think Pai is absolutely amazing.  That includes me.  The whole city is so relaxed and chilled out.  It’s truly a backpacker / hippy’s paradise.  While many will often claim that “Pai is not what it used to be” or “Pai has changed so much” — the Pai that I visited was still pretty awesome.  These were some of my favorite spots in Pai.

  • Pai Pub — A really great spot.  Decently priced beers and mixed drinks, a cool outdoor patio, a well kept pool table; a perfect place to spend a couple hours and start the night.  Located just a couple minutes away from the night market, you can’t miss the giant Kangaroo out front.
  • Sunset Bar — This a great place to chill and spend a few hours.  You’ll most likely encounter some people enjoying a joint, or maybe see some people tripping on a mushroom shake.  It’s a cool place, good music, and you’ll definitely enjoy having a drink or two.  It’s also a great place to watch the sunset (obviously).  Located on a quiet street about a 10 minute walk from the main area of Pai.
  • Don’t Cry Reggae Bar — This is the “after-hours” bar that does not close until really late at night.  When all the main bars and pubs close in Pai, the party crowd all flock to this one venue.  Awesome music and vibe, including a campfire — you’ll love ending your night at Don’t Cry.
  • Moon Parties — In the past few months, Pai has been throwing their own version of the full moon, half moon, and black moon parties.  They don’t happen all the time, but if you’re there, you should ask around or check online and see if there is one happening.


14) Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia


While the Perhentian Islands aren’t really a destination people normally visit for it’s crazy nightlife — there are still opportunities for amazing nights out drinking.

Perhentian Kecil is known as the “backpacker island”, and that means that it’s pretty damn easy to meet fellow travelers.  The last time I visited I only planned on staying for 4 or 5 days, but I ended up staying 10.  I met an amazing group of people, and practically every night we went out drinking!


What’s nice is that it’s just very simply to party here because people only really go to 2-3 different spots.

  • Panorama Bar:  Probably the most lively spot with a really great atmosphere.  They also have AMAZING PIZZA that you should try at least once.  They are kind of expensive at 25 MYR, but definitely worth it.
  • Monkey Bar:  This is just across the street from Panorama bar, and where I bought the majority of my alcohol.  You could buy a bottle of rum, cups, ice, and two mixers for 45 MYR — which is a really great deal there!
  • Pirates of Perhentian:  This is where the fire-show is held every night at 10:30 P.M.  The entertainment is really great, they play great music, and this is where pretty much everyone who is going to party for the night will be.  You sit down on the beach, order some beers, smoke some hookah, and watch some extremely talented people play with fire.


15) Bangkok, Thailand

Last but not least, how could I write a post about partying in South-East Asia without mentioning “the Big Mango”.  Bangkok is the “Gateway to South-East Asia”, and there’s never a dull moment when you’re exploring the city, and the nightlife is guaranteed to make you come back for another round.

Khao San Road:  Street food, shopping, and tons of amazing restaurants and bars.  Partying on Khao San Road is something that every South-East Asia backpacker must do before the end of their trip.  You’ll drink towers of Chang Beer, listen to loud electronic music, and meet fellow travelers from around the world.

Sukhumvit:  This major road / district in Bangkok is your best option for when it comes to a good night out partying in Bangkok.  There are tons of different clubs in Sukhumvit , it’s almost intimidating trying to choose which one to go to.  My advice would be to check out Resident Advisor Thailand  to see if there are any special events coming up.  A few clubs I have been to and would personally recommend would be BASH, Insanity, and Spicy.

While you’re in Bangkok, make sure you visit all the temples, various shopping markets, and hit up a rooftop bar!

These are the Best 15 Places to Party in South-East Asia!!


Agree?  Disagree?  Think I missed a certain destination?

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The 5 Best Places To Trip on Magic Mushrooms in South-East Asia

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You might be surprised to find out that Magic Mushrooms are pretty common in several destinations around South-East Asia.

This hallucinogenic party drug shouldn’t be taken lightly though — the powerful components in these mushrooms can send you off on a wild and crazy experience!  I’m a firm believer that if you take these in good company and in comfortable setting (and don’t take too much), you’ll have an amazing time.  I’ve always said that mushrooms basically just turn you into a retarded baby.  Everything is hilarious, you’ll feel euphoric, and things just look much more vibrant and colorful.  With that being said, drugs effect everyone differently.  If you’re unsure, than maybe it’s best you pass on this recreational drug activity.

I’m not here to educate people on the drug, or convince people to try them.  I just want to inform those people who are interested in some recreational hallucinogenic fun.

If you’re curious about the these drugs, take a read through this thorough Beginner’s Guide to Mushroom Tripping.

“The Mushroom Shake”

Before I had backpacked around South-East Asia, I had never heard of people consuming magic mushrooms in “shake” form.  This basically just means that they blend the mushrooms together with ice, various fruits, and sometimes Coca-Cola.  Each place you’ll buy them at has their own special recipe.

Fair warning — these typically don’t taste too great, but sometimes you’ll find a person who can make them actually enjoyable.

So Where Can You Trip on Magic Mushrooms in South-East Asia?

1) Gili Trawangan, Indonesia


When it comes to magic mushrooms in Indonesia, there’s no better place to take a trip than on the island paradise of Gili Trawangan.  Grab a couple friends, head over to the sunset side of the island, and chug down a delicious Mushy Shake.  Okay…they’re not delicious — but the experience you’re about to embark will be something you never forget.  The sunsets on Gili Trawangan are some of the best in the entire world — add the hallucinogen affects, and you’ll be feeling magical.

As well, when the feeling starts to wear off — you’re in one of the best party destinations in South-East Asia .  You can continue the party at one of the many bars and clubs, meet fellow backpackers, and share your stories with others.

Where to buy mushrooms on Gili Trawangan? 

You can buy mushroom shakes at tons of different places on the island.  While you walk around the island, you’ll probably see a couple signs advertising the mushrooms.

Check out the bar opposite Rudy’s Pub, Sunset Bar, or simply ask a local bartender (they can point you in the right direction).

Cost:  150K – 200K ($13-17 USD)

 (2) Koh Phangan, Thailand

Most widely known for the location of the notorious all night beach rave, “The Full Moon Party” — Koh Phangan is definitely one of the best places to trip on magic mushrooms in South-East Asia.  There is literally a venue nicknamed Mushroom Mountain!

Head down to Haad Rin beach and walk all the way to the left.  You’ll see a staircase leading you up to this hippy paradise bar.  There’s tons of comfy seating overlooking the beach, chill music, and is decorated really funky.  Even if you don’t want to take any mushrooms, this is still an amazing spot to check out during your time on Koh Phangan.

This is often a highlight of people’s visits to this epic party island, and shouldn’t be missed!

Cost:  500 Baht ($15 USD)

3)  Vang Vieng, Laos


This party capitol of Laos has gotten a somewhat bad reputation in recent years for being a hedonistic destination ruined by drunken debauchery.  Well, I completely disagree.  Yeah, Vang Vieng is definitely a top party destination, but it’s also one of the most relaxed and beautiful places in Laos.

Vang Vieng will definitely be a highlight of your time backpacking in Laos, and it’s also a pretty perfect spot for a little bit of hallucinogenic fun.  The vibe in this town is really relaxed (in certain spots), the shakes are strong, and you’ll be surrounded by like minded travelers looking for a good time.  Read about this guy’s experience taking mushrooms in Vang Vieng .

Where to buy mushrooms in Vang Vieng

Definitely check out the Jungle Party every Friday.  Some friends of mine bought a shake there and had a wicked trip

Cost: 100K -120K Lao Kip

4)  Pai, Thailand

This hippy backpacker paradise in Northern Thailand is one of the most relaxing places in South-East Asia.  The whole town is super chilled out and slowed down.  Your days can be spent exploring the countryside by moto, chilling by the pool, or bathing with elephants.  Every night you’ll wander through the night market, eat some delicious (and cheap) food, and have a few beers at the various nightlife hubs.  There are plenty of things to do in Pai  , and taking a little mushroom trip can easily be done.

ReadA Backpacker’s Guide to Pai

Where to buy mushrooms in Pai?

Simple — Sunset Bar Pai.  It’s an awesome bar with plenty of seating (including hammocks), colorful decorations, a pool table, and friendly staff.  An awesome place to sit back, relax, and expand your brain a bit.

Cost:  500 Baht ($15 USD)

5)  Gili Air, Indonesia

While most backpackers searching for a good party head over to Gili Trawangan — taking the quick 10-15 minute boat ride over to Gili Air in search of a fun mushroom trip will definitely leave you satisfied.  This honestly might be the better option between the two islands, because it has a much more relaxed vibe.

When it comes to the Gili Islands:

Gili  Trawangan = Party  //   Gili Meno = Honeymoon // Gili Air = Mix of both

The best way to enjoy a mushroom trip on Gili Air is to start out on the sunset side of the island.  Take them about 30 minutes before sunset.  There are tons of beachside restaurants and bars with plenty of comfortable seating, cheap drinks, and delicious Indonesian food.  I’d definitely recommend taking a stroll around the island, some stargazing, and maybe a night swim if you’re up for it!

Where to buy mushrooms on Gili Air?

The majority of bars on the sunset side of the island can arrange mushroom shakes.  If you are near Matahari Lodge…walk down the street (away from the beach) towards the other side of the island, and there’s a bar that play PsyTrance.  Get them there!

Cost: 150K – 200K ($13-17 USD)

Magic Mushrooms Tips & Advice

  1. Take mushrooms in a small / medium group of people that you know and trust.  You want to feel comfortable and safe around your fellow trippers.
  2. Stay away from crowded bars and clubs.  If there are tons of strangers and loud music, it might spark some negative vibes.
  3. Music is essential to a quality mushroom trip.  If you can, find a quiet area to hang out where you can play your own music — or chill out a relaxed place with tunes you like.
  4. Always watch the sunsetIt’s magical, and the best way to start your hallucinogenic journey.
  5. Stay hydrated.  Drink some water, but don’t be scared to knock back a beer or two.
  6. Don’t eat prior to taking mushrooms.  This will lessen the effect of them.  Definitely have some food in your stomach, but don’t have a big meal, and then consume your mushroom shake.  It will be a waste of money.
  7. Eat some dark chocolate to intensify the effects.  I don’t think this is scientifically proven, but it’s a common theory that “cacao is an excellent synergist… most known is combining with psilocybin mushrooms.”
  8. Stay calm.  If your new to recreational drug use, then the feelings of mushrooms might be very intimidating at first.  Relax, breathe, and enjoy the feeling.
  9. Start with 1/2 a shake if you’re nervous.  You should still feel some minor effects of the drug, and will help you feel more comfortable with taking another half.
  10. Only take Magic Mushrooms if you’re happy.  You shouldn’t take these if you’re feeling depressed or going through a hard time.

If your backpacking South-East Asia and find yourself in one of these popular destinations, then definitely think about embarking on magic mushroom trip.  It’s actually pretty common among backpackers, and be a really amazing and memorable experience.  You’ll laugh a lot, things will look cooler, and you’ll feel pretty happy.



Disclaimer:  Drugs can affect everyone differently.  Proceed with cautin.  I’m not writing this article to convince people to take drugs, I’m simply informing people who are interested in the topic. 

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Have You Heard Events presents…The Afterlife [Festival Review]

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It was October 30th at 1:08 P.M and my phone vibrated in my pocket.      It was a text message from the organizers over at HYHE.   With less than 24 hours to go for the party to commence, it was finally the right time to release the venue details!   
I got chills down my spine.  I had never been to a secret destination party before, and there is just something about it that makes it sound so damn cool.  After reading up on Have You Heard Events, I knew one thing was certain….

The Afterlife is going to be one epic party…

Secret location.  Rainforest.  Camping.  BYOB.  House Music. 

This is the exact type of party that I would want to attend Halloween, and I’m so glad my friends were down to tag along for the adventure.  This was one of the most best Halloween parties I’ve ever attended, and if I’m in Sydney next year — I know exactly where I’ll be for next year’s festivities.  After reading this review, I believe you’ll be making the same decision.


Highlights of the Event

The Information given to the attendees before the festival even happened.

Before I even talk about the actual event, it’s important to explain how awesome all the information was attendees received prior to the event.  This might have been a secret location party, but the organizers did a fantastic job of keeping everyone in the loop about what the party will include.

They included a detailed timetable, informative instructions on how to reach the venue, and answered every possible question people could think of.

As well — HYHE was keeping everyone in the loop about remaining tickets available, coach passes, car parking passes, and a lot more.  All of this information was given really clearly on the Facebook event page on the HYHE Fan Page.

The Venue & The Garden of Eden Party

The location (which shall remain a secret) was the absolute perfect location for the party.  There was plenty of room for camping , a nice swimming pool, and prime locations for both the dance floors.  The rainforest was covered with beautiful trees everywhere you look.  Just over an hour outside of Sydney, this venue provided exactly what this event needed.



My group and I were some of the first people on the campgrounds.  We had an early start to the day, so it was fun to be able to watch the party slowly grow bigger and bigger.

When everyone was ready, we made our way up to the day-time pool party area, and commenced in a wide variety of activities.

From swimming, constructing lego shapes, playing chess, battling teams in Tug-of-war, and other various games — the day party was a legit Adult playground. 

The DJ was spinning some really great tunes to get the party started the right way.  I must say however — it made it a lot more epic having a saxophonist playing along with the music.  He was absolutely crushing it!   Everyone was dancing, mingling, drinking, and just enjoying a proper day-drink.


Club Hell


As the day-party slowly came to an end, everyone made the journey into Club Hell.  This is where all the action went down.  The dance floor was nice and big, it was really well decorated, and the sound was perfect.  There was definitely enough bass to keep you bobbing your ahead to quality house music all night.  The DJ’s were crushing it, and dropping some major filth.  From deep-house, tech-house, and some upbeat club music — it was a great night of dancing.  Props to the DJ’s for providing an amazing soundtrack to the night.





This is arguably the single best aspect of the party.  No one likes going to an event and paying ridiculously high prices for booze.  This was not an issue here.  As long as you came prepared (which my crew did), you always had a drink in your hand.  People were bringing large coolers with them into Club Hell, and would just run back and grab a new beer whenever you needed one.  This was the first ever official BYOB event I’ve ever attended, and it worked out really well.  (Maybe a little too well for some).


The Costumes & The Crowd


Being from America, Halloween is a big deal.  I was thoroughly surprised with how crazy some of these people dressed up.  Lots of group of friends had coordinated great costumes together, and many people took it to extremes!  Always great to see people make an effort, and not half-ass costume.  The face painters there also were a solid bonus!



Overall, The Afterlife was a complete success.  Huge props to crew over at Have You Heard Events for organizing such a quality party.  It was my first HYH Event that I attended, but it definitely won’t be my last.  My group of friends already booked a 20 person Yacht for their massively popular Yacht Social Club events, and I’m definitely looking forward to their upcoming Summer weekend event…

Have You Heard Events Presents Summerland…

With the huge success of The Afterlife, HYHE has present their next big party called Summerland.

“Somewhere out there, in the mystical vastness of NSW bushland, is a place that is home to high-jinks and monkey business. A place filled with BBQs, pool parties & scorching sunshine. A place where the weird and wonderful come to chill, dance and play.”

Don’t miss out on this one.  Join The Facebook Event


10 Amazing Things To Do In Uluwatu

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Uluwatu is probably my favorite area of Bali, and I always get excited when I find out people are heading down that way.  Here is my list of amazing things to do in Uluwatu.  If you do all these things, I can guarantee you’ll love this area just as much as I do.

1.  Watch The Surfers + Sunset @ Uluwatu Beach

You can’t go to Ulutwau without watching the insanely talented surfers from up above.  You’ll be blown away about the size of the waves, but even more blown away by the beautiful sunsets every night.

2.  Sunday Night Sessions @ Single Finn Club

The weekly party that happens every Sunday night at Single Finn Club can not be missed.  It’s free entry, there’s always a good turnout, and the music is top-notch deep-house.


3.  Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner @ Cashew Tree

Hands down my favorite place to eat in Uluwatu is located near Bingin beach, and you definitely need to swing by for a meal and one of their delicious and healthy smoothies.


4.  Resort Crashing & Sunset Magic @ Mu Resort

My first time down to Uluwatu, I was lucky enough to have friends tell me about this place.  The infinity pool will blow you away, there’s a jacuzzi perfectly located to watch the sunset, and it’s a great place to pretend to be rich.


5.  Luxury Relaxation Day @  Finn’s Beach Club

Yes, it is a little expensive, but it’s worth every penny.  The beach is amazing, the food is great, and it’s a great relaxing day.  They also have a great happy hour selection, and nightlife bonfires.


6.  Saturday Night Party @ Padang Padang Beach

Padang Padang beach is an amazing place to spend a day at the beach, but every night they host an awesome party there as well!


7.  Dinner on The Beach @ Jimbaran Bay

Not exactly in Uluwatu, but having dinner and watching the sunset go down in Jimbaran is amazing.  Fresh sea-food, candle-lit dinners, and cold bintangs…perfect way to spend an evening.


8.  Rent a Moto & Explore All The Beaches

You’re basically going to need a moto when you go down to Uluwatu.  Without one, you’ll basically feel stranded.  There are so many different areas to explore, and you should try and visit all of them if  you have the time.  Uluwatu Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, Dreamland Beach, etc.  All amazing.


9.  Pre-Game / Afterparty @ Mart Party

Before and after the club events down in Uluwatu, all the party-goers head to one of the Mart’s to have some drinks.  It’s a young / backpacker crowd full of international travelers and surfers.  Some nights can be hit/miss, but if you’re there during a good mart party, you’ll love it!


10.  Never Miss A Sunset

Arguably the best place in Bali to watch the sunset is down in Uluwatu.  The top recommendations would be Uluwatu temple, Uluwatu Beach, or Mu Resort.



Have you been to Uluwatu?  What was your favorite thing to do?

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12 Music Festivals in South East Asia to Experience Before You Die

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There might not be as many music festivals in South East Asia as there are in other areas of the world, but that is slowly changing.  With the ever-growing popularity of electronic music, more and more festivals are popping up in this region.  You might not come to South-East Asia for the music festivals, but if you’re planning a trip out here, maybe one of these could be worked into your itinerary

Also check out:

Top 10 Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Festivals:  South-East Asia

1.  Wonderfruit Fstival

  • When: Mid – December
  • Where:  Siam Country Club, Pattaya, Thailand
  • Website:
  • Why:  Live.  Love.  Wonder.  That’s the motto of this incredible 3-day camping music and arts festival held on the beautiful Pattaya Fields Siam Country Club.  I normally tell people to avoid Pattaya as a city because it really is a horrific place, but this beautiful venue is 15 KM outside the city, and you’ll fall into festival mode.  The camping area is decent and well equipped, the stages are amazing, and the line-up brings a little something for everyone.  This is one of the best festivals you can attend in south-east Asia.  Read my Wonderfruit Festival 2014 review for more information and pictures.  I was lucky enough to attend the first year, and definitely have plans to make the journey back.   


2.  Quest Music Festival

  • When:  Early November
  • Where:  Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam
  • Website:
  • Why:  Quest is Hanoi’s weekend music, arts and camping festival.  Tucked away in a beautiful national park, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere that a festival needs.  Stunning Vietnam landscapes, great live-music and DJ sets, and the opportunity to meet incredible new people from all over the world.  Don’t miss out.  Quest Music Festival will be an experience you will never forget.


3.  Neverland Manila

  • When: Early October
  • Where:  Manila, Philippines
  • Website:
  • Why:  Known as the “biggest EDM event in The Philippines”, this festival brings some of the biggest names in commercial house music.  If you’re looking for a solid party, this one will not disappoint.


4.  ZoukOut Music Festival

  • When:  Mid-December
  • Where:  Singapore
  • Website:
  • Why:  The people behind one of the biggest and well-known clubs in Asia, “Zouk”, have created it’s own music festival, and it’s been one of the more popular festivals out in South-East Asia.  Located in Singapore, you’ll find the tickets, drinks, and accomodations a bit more expensive, but you can’t complain when they bring A-list talent, incredible stage production, and an overall amazing atmosphere.

Update:  Zoukout will be heading to BORACAY in 2016!   It’s already one of the best places to party in South-East Asia, so definitely worth a visit over for ZoukOut !


5.  Road to Ultra – Bangkok & Bali

  • When:  June (Bangkok) — Septemer (Bali)
  • Where:  Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak, Bali
  • Website:
  • Why:  Ultra Music Festival seems like they have one goal in mind — global domination.  From Miami, Croatia, Korea, Japan, South Africa — it now looks like they have turned their eyes to South-East Asia, and have added locations in Bangok & Bali.  Two cities known for having incredible nightlife.  If you find yourself out in either of these cities, definitely try to get to one of the these parties.


6.  It’s The Ship

  • When:  Late November
  • Where:  Singapore – Langkawi – Singapore
  • Website:
  • Why: IT’S THE SHIP is Asia’s Largest Festival on a cruise. Setting sail on the The Royal Caribbean International’s luxurious Mariner of the Seas– will play host to over 30 international and regional headlining acts.  Sailing out of Singapore to Langkawi, Malaysia, this is guaranteed to be a voyage unlike any other.


7.  Maya Music Festival

  • When:  Early March
  • Where:  Bangkok, Thailand
  • Website:
  • Why:  This new one-day music festival brings big name DJ’s to a massive venue in Bangkok.  If you’re looking to hear some of the best electronic music while exploring the capitol city, than plan a trip to Thailand in March.


8.  Shipsomnia

  • When:  Beginning of January
  • Where:  Singapore – Phuket – Langkawi – Singapore
  • Website:
  • Why:   A MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL MEETS HI SEAS MYTHICAL ADVENTURE.  Unofficially nicknamed, “Tomorrowland At Sea”, Shipsomnia has gotten a lot of positive media attention.  With the growth of music festivals at sea, like Holy Ship or It’s The Ship (#6), Shipsomnia looks like it could be the next big thing.  Sailing from Singapore – Phuket round-trip, with a quick stop in Langkawi, this looks like a party that can’t be missed.  This all-inclusive music festival is guaranteed to be one epic vacation.

Shipsomnia is also sailing from Barcelona to Ibiza in June 2017!!


9.  Big Mountain Music Festival

  • When:  Beginning of December
  • Where:  Khao Yai
  • Website:
  • Why:  One of the biggest festivals for the Thai music scene, this two day festival is filled with awesome stages, hundreds of live acts, and an incredible atmosphere.  Dates for the upcoming festivals haven’t been announced, but they do have other events, so tune into their Facebook for more information.


10.  Rainforest World Music Festival

  • When:  Mid August
  • Where:  Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia
  • Website:
  • Why:  Just reading the name of the festival, you can get a good understanding of what you are in for during this unique festival.  Lots of acoustic instruments with a rainforest themed, this will definitely be unlike any festival you’ve ever attended.  Borneo is a beautiful island, and this would be a great way to experience the culture while hearing some great music.


11.  Songkran Water Festival

  • When:  Mid-April
  • Where:  All Over Thailand (Chiang Mai recommended)
  • Website:  —
  • Why:  The Thai Lunar New Year is celebrated by 3 days of absolute madness country-wide.  From personal experience, this was one of the highlight’s of my travels in south-east Asia.  The belief is that “water” washes off all the sins of the previous year, and it’s a fresh start for the upcoming year.  It’s a beautiful festival, but it’s also one crazy party.  There are stages and music playing all over the place, and great clubs and nightlife to go out at night.  The set-up is different every year, but make sure you experience this at least once in your life.  Check out my Songkran 2015 video.


12. Full Moon Party

  • When:  Once a Month during the Full Moon.  Dates found here.
  • Where:  Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Thailand
  • Website:
  • Why:  Last but not least, no South-East Asia festival list is complete without experiencing at least one full moon party.  Although recently it has gotten negative attention recently, it’s definitely a good night if you’re with the right people.  Koh Phangan is one of the craziest party islands in South-East Asia, and there are ton of other parties to attend on the island as well.


While I couldn’t list all the music festivals in South-East Asia, this is a solid list of what I think to the best 12.  All of these festivals bring some great live musicians and DJ’s, and will provide a great festival environment for you to dance until your tired, and meet some amazing people.  Make sure you check out my other blog posts on music festivals.

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Am I missing any great music festivals in South-East Asia?  Let me know in the comments section!

Photo Sources:  Wonderfruit, Quest, Neverland, ZoukOut, Ultra, It’s The Ship, Maya, Shipsomnia, Rainforest, Big Mountain

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Magic Mushrooms in Indonesia

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It’s your first time to Gili Trawangan.  You’ve gotten off the speed boat, already almost got trampled by a horse cart, and you’re on your way to your accommodation of choice.  On the brief walk, a strange local guy asks if you want some “magic mushrooms”?  You don’t know what to think.  Aren’t drugs extremely illegal in Indonesia?

The answer is yes, you really don’t want to be messing around with drugs during your visit to this beautiful country.  People are arrested all the time in Bali just for smoking a joint, and they face years and years in Jail. With that being said however, the Gili Islands in Indonesia are a strange safe haven for magic mushroom use.  There’s not really a police presence here, and I’ve never heard of anyone getting arrested for drug use while on Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, or Gili Air.  

When it comes to magic mushrooms, I’ll never forget the first time I walked past a bar that had a sign out front that reads:



I never would have expected they would be so open about it.  Magic Mushrooms are NOT legal in Indonesia, but that’s what makes the Gili Islands so strange.  When you come here, these rules don’t really apply.  As always, you still want to be “careful”, but as long as you’re not a complete idiot, you won’t get in any trouble.

“The Mushroom Shake”

Before I had came to Asia, I had never heard of people taking magic mushrooms in “shake” form.  I had only heard about them being eaten, or brewed into a tea.

Well, in most parts of South-East Asia where magic mushrooms are sold, they are almost always sold as mushroom shakes.

This just means they take the mushrooms, and blend them together with ice, watermelon, pineapple, and sometimes coca-cola.  Every place has their own way of making them.

From my personal experience — one shake is enough.  

Lay down in the sand

Lay down in the sand


“I’ve never taken Mushrooms before, should I try them here?”

In my honest opinion — I think this is one of the best places to try them.  The mushrooms on Gili Trawangan and Gili Air can be really fun, and will show you a good time.  There are plenty of quiet areas to relax with friends, watch the sunset, and have a pleasant trip.

With that being said — hallucinogens aren’t for everyone.  You need to make sure you are in a good place in your life.  If you are extremely stressed out or depressed about something, than I would advise against it.

My opinion on them is that they basically just turn you into a retarded baby for 3 hours.  You laugh a lot, things look a lot more vibrant, and you’ll have a small feeling of Euphoria.

If you’re nervous, start off by taking 1/2 a shake.  You’ll get the basic feeling, and understand what it’s like.  Then if you want the feeling to kick in a bit stronger, take another 1/2 a shake.

Where stress is non existent

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Tips and Advice

  1. Consume mushrooms in a small / medium sized group of people.  It’s better with  more intimate setting, and especially with people you enjoy being around and trust.
  2. Get away from the crowds.  I really don’t like being at a club setting, or busy streets while feeling the effects of mushrooms.  It can be sensory overload, and cause you to stress.  It’s best to find a cool and quiet area to relax and hang out at.
  3. MUSIC IS KEY TO A GOOD NIGHT.  Whether it’s some chill reggae music, groovy deep house, or throwback oldies — you need to be listening to some music during your trip.  Nothing can trigger more bad vibes than an aggressive EDM remix of a Rihanna track.
  4. Watch the Sunset.  Take them an hour or so before the sunsets, and it’ll be the perfect way to start the trip.
  5. Stay Hydrated.  Drink a decent amount of water, but don’t be afraid to have a beer as well.
  6. Don’t eat right before you take them.  It’s suggested you take them on a empty stomach, but it’s okay to have some food in there.  But if you eat right before, you probably won’t feel them.

Gili Trawangan

Where do I buy mushrooms on Gili Trawangan?

  • Rudy’s Pub
  • Sunset Bar (pictured below).  Ask The Staff, and they’ll get you sorted out.  It’s also the perfect place to take them!
  • (Or just ask talk to a few of the locals.  It’s pretty common — and they can point you in the right direction.)




Where do I buy mushrooms on Gili Air?

  • Pretty much every bar on the sunset side can arrange mushroom shakes.
  • If you are near Matahari Lodge…walk down the street (away from the beach) towards the other side of the island, and there’s a bar that play PsyTrance.  Get them there!



Mushrooms in Indonesia are illegal, but when you come to the Gili Islands — you’ll definitely be offered them once or twice.  I would recommend them if you want to have a good time, laugh a lot, and expand your brain a bit.

Safe travels, and enjoy your trip–



Disclaimer:  Drugs have a different effect on everyone, so you need to be careful.  I’m not writing this to convince or persuade anyone into taking them.  I’m simply informing those who are interested in the subject, and want some more information and advice.            

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Looking for the best places to party in South-East Asia?  Well, I’m here to help.  I’ve spent a good time traveling, backpacking, and partying around this corner of the world, and this place definitely has some top-notch places to have some drinks, dance all night, and meet new people.  This post is specifically about the best party islands in South-East Asia.  If you’re making your way to any of these incredible islands, you (and your liver) better be ready for a damn good time!


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The 15 Best Party Places to Party In South-East Asia


1.  Koh Phangan, Thailand

When it comes to partying in South-East Asia, you can’t miss out on the craziness of Koh Phangan.  Yes, it is home to the notorious Full Moon Party, but there are actually so many better parties on the island.  I like to refer to this as the “Ibiza of South-East Asia”, because every night of the week, there is a different party, at a different venue on the island.  Although there have been some issues with the cancellations of parties, I really doubt that will actually ever happen.  If you’re making your way to Koh Phangan anytime soon, make sure you check out a website called the  They go over all the parties, hostel information, and other useful tips for visiting Koh Phangan.


Parties On The Island To Check Out Other Than The Full Moon Party  

  • Merkaba Beach Club — A really cool Ibiza style club with a pool, and amazing underground house music.  Check the FB page for upcoming party dates.  I actually went here one night instead of the FMP!  Located just a short drive away from Haad Rin Beach.
  • Maya — A beautiful and colorful venue in the jungle.  The type of music varies for each party, but it’s definitely worth a visit.
  • Guy’s Bar / Eden — An absolute must attend during your visit to Koh Phangan.  Tucked away in the deep part of the jungle, these are two of the best places to party on the island.  Known for it’s long hours, it’s the party that doesn’t stop.  It’s hard to get to, where you have to take a jungle taxi or boat to get to, but it’s well worth it!
  • The Jungle Experience — Normally happens before and after each Full Moon.  A bit expensive for the entry charge at 400 baht, but it’s a solid party with amazing music.  You’ll meet a ton of people, and see some pretty interesting characters dressed up in crazy body paint.
  • Sandcastle — A small club venue located in Haad Rin that is the best place to party during the Full Moon Party.  It’s not located directly on the beach, but definitely cruise here for a couple drinks.
  • Backyard Afterparty — If you go to the FMP and don’t see the sunrise, consider yourself a failure.  As well, part of the Koh Phangan experience is going to an afterparty.  Go to BACKYARD.  It’s amazing.

2.  Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

The Gili Islands are my absolute favorite place to visit in all of South-East Asia.  The beaches are beautiful, the sunrises / sunsets are magical, and you’re guaranteed to meet a ton of amazing new friends.  Gili Trawangan is the most developed island, and is known as the “party island”.  Every night there’s a few different parties to check out, and solid music to listen to.  You’ll most likely encounter people on various illicit substances like magic mushrooms or ecstasy, because there is no police on the Gili Islands.  It’s strange, people are put into jail on Bali for smoking weed, but anything goes once you cross over to the beautiful party paradise of Gili Trawangan.  According to this Gili Islands website:

“Currently the schedule is Monday night for the famous Blue Marlin rave party, Wednesday nights at the beachfront ‘Shipwrecked Bar’ is the ‘Tir na Nog’ Irish bar party, with a mix of funky house music, Friday night is at Rudys Bar, & Reggae music most nights at Sama Sama bar.”


If you’re lucky, you will show up when there is the Gili Trawangan Full Moon Party at Space bar.  It’s a damn good time!

THE ONE ABSOLUTE MUST EXPERIENCE ON GILI TRAWANGAN IS THE BOOZE CRUISE.  It’s honestly one of the most fun experiences I’ve had while traveling.  It’s on an amazing boat with great music playing, and a solid trip time cruising around paradise.

3.  Koh Rong, Cambodia

“Nothing Can Go Wrong on Koh Rong” is the motto of this Cambodian paradise.  What is awesome about this place is that it can be exactly whatever you want it to be.  If you want to relax, do nothing, and forget about all your worries; that’s definitely possible.  But for those looking for a good time, Koh Rong has a lively and active party scene.  If there was one place to get to soon in South-East Asia, I would recommend Koh Rong.  Things are changing quickly on the island, but it currently still has it’s authentic charm.  Partying on Koh Rong is simply, all you have to do is walk up and down the main street, and follow the crowd.

Sunset on Long Beach, Koh Rong

Sunset on Long Beach, Koh Rong

When I was there, I spent a good amount of time at Vagabonds.  Definitely swing by there for a drink or two, and then see what else is going on.  The main stretch on Koh Rong isn’t large at all, so it won’t be too hard to find where the party people are at.  As well as the above two islands, Koh Rong does offer it’s own version of the Full Moon Party.  There’s no body paint or neon tanks, but there’s a party tucked away in the jungle with amazing underground house music.

No matter whether you want to party or not, just make sure you get to Koh Rong.  It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places in all of South-East Asia!

4.  Boracay, The Philippines

When most people are backpacking through South-East Asia, they tend to skip the Philippines.  I’m not quite exactly sure why, because it’s easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.  Boracay, specifically, is stunning.  With that being said, people have often complained of the over-commercialism, and how it’s “too touristy” these days.  Yeah, there’s a McDonald’s and a Starbucks, but it’s still amazingly beautiful, and has amazing nightlife.

For starters, you have to experience The Boracay Pub Crawl.  It’s an absolute blast, and really does “Turn Strangers Into Friends!”


After that, you need to check and see if there is a party at Area 51:  Top Secret Party Facility.  It’s an amazing venue away from the main action, but there are only parties twice a month for the full moon and half moon parties.  If this place isn’t open during your visit, then check out what EPIC Nightclub.    

There’s tons of other bars and nightclubs in Boracay to discover; it really just depends on what you are into and where the night takes you.  The main stretch along white beach is pretty long, and there’s heaps of options!


5.  Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Similar to Boracay, Koh Phi Phi is often criticized for being beautiful, but ruined by being over-developed and too much tourism.  If you haven’t been, make no mistake; Koh Phi Phi is one crazy party island.  There is tons of amazing things to do on Phi Phi, and definitely a lot of great places to party.


Favorite Places to Party

  • Slinky’s Beach Bar — This is the place to be when the night comes to an end.  Loud house music, laughing gas balloons, dancing on stages; this place is wild.
  • Ibiza Beach Bar — This starts out as a really chill lounge bar during the sunset and couple hours after, but things start to pick up towards the end of the night.
  • Stones Bar — Located right next to Ibiza Beach Bar, another great option to chill, play pool, and start your night.
  • Banana Bar — Happy hour from 4:20-6:20, Movie’s play every night at 7:00 P.M, then after the movie the party starts with beer pong, loud music, and tons of people.
  • Stockholm Syndrome —  A great place to beer pong, meet people, and party before making your way to the beach.


Well, there you have it.  These are the 5 best party islands in South-East Asia.  I’ve had amazing times on all of them, and I’m sure I’ll find myself at each of them again sometime in the future.  If you have any questions about these islands, feel free to shoot me a message.  I’m more than happy to help you out!

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