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It seems that Thailand is famous for 2 things: beaches and partying. Combining the 2, we’re bringing you to Thailand’s best beach parties.
Full Moon Party
The Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan is Thailand’s biggest and most infamous party. It’s said that some time ago, a group of backpackers were enthralled with the beauty of the full moon from the pristine crescent of Haad Rin beach. They decided to celebrate the celestial splendor by throwing an enormous party. Since then, the Full Moon Party has grown to host up to 15,000 people during the high season (January to March) and several thousand during the low season (June to August.)
This party is spread all over the Haad Rin beach — and we’re not just talking different bonfires. There are serious clubs on this small island all offering a slightly different party vibe. Trance, house, drum and bass, R & B, and funk are all pumped out of state-of-the-art sound systems. There are also lounges filled with soft cushions, stunning views and cocktails for those looking to kick back after-hours. If you’re craving a little taste of home, Cactus Bar is centrally located along Haad Rin and plays hip-hop, old-school classics and the occasional rock ‘n’ roll.
Partying also takes place right on the beach; bodies will be packed on the sand dancing to DJs’ outdoor beats. Impromptu fireworks displays compete with the brilliance of the Thai moon. If you’re hot, take a swim in the warm Gulf of Thailand waters before heading back to the frenzied dancing.
On the international party circuit, Full Moon is a must, equal with Goa and Ibiza. Before you book your spot at the party, make sure to read the Full Moon Party safety tips and information. If none of the dates for the Full Moon Party fit into your travel itinerary, check out the Half Moon and Black Moon parties. Both of these are on Koh Phangon and promise some of the best music and partying in Thailand.
The nightlife in Patong, one of Phuket’s most famous beach resorts, is centered on Bangla Road. What was once Phuket’s red-light district, Patong has undergone a serious revitalization and transformation. From beer bars to discos and sports bars to cocktail lounges, Patong is a party town geared toward a younger crowd.
There are several dance clubs and discos in Patong, and while the DJs spinning may not be in the same league as those at the Full Moon Party, they know how to work a crowd and pack the heaving dance floors.
Tiger Club, located just off Bangla Road is a pumping party spot, while Baya Beach is slightly mellower with a tropical theme. While most clubs in Patong are legally obligated to close at 2 a.m., the Safari Club has an indoor and outdoor club, both open till dawn. Safari is located on the outskirts of town and features both live music and DJs.
Patong also offers a lot of live music venues. Saxophone, located on the north end of Beach Road, is famous for its quality jazz, R & B, and reggae. Nearby Rock City offers something for the metalheads with cover bands performing music by AC/DC, The Scorpions, Van Halen and Metallica.
Live music can also be found beachside at The Port at Banthai Beach Resort, where a lively and talented Filipino band plays nightly.
Chaweng Beach is the place to party on Samui with a range of activities that includes lounge bars, dance clubs and live music. Ease into your night out by grabbing a bite to eat and a cocktail at one of the many European-style pubs that line the main beach road. If you’re not hungry, the resorts will happily serve cocktails as you sit outside and watch the sun set over Samui.
Green Mango Soi, or Green Mango Square, is home to Samui’s late-night activities. Sweet Soul is a dance club here with nightly hip-hop and R & B tunes that has revelers spilling out into the street.
The Green Mango Club is a converted warehouse, reminiscent of New York- and Miami-style clubs. The 2 main rooms serve up different types of music: 1 playing hip-hop and mainstream while the other pumps house and techno onto the dance floor.
From the dance floor to the dark nooks and cushions of Samui’s lounges, Unique Bar is located on Chaweng Beach Road and offers both a street-side bar and an upstairs lounge featuring UK DJs and funky uplifting beats.
Bar Solo provides a slightly different scene; its sleek interior has music, plasma televisions covering your favorite sporting events and pool tables.
Get the scoop on backpacking through Asia
T all starts and ends with¬†Tokyo. Japan’s impossibly crowded city is like the metronome of Asia: everything in the region, from the economy to the latest pop music fad, moves to Tokyo’s constant and commanding beat. If you can keep up with the pace and not get mowed down by its pedestrians, it’s a fascinating place to explore.
Sure, there’s a dearth of aged landmarks (World War II left very little behind), and instead tourists often come to play in a dense, electric playground that always seems to hum with activity, night and day. Even with the mid-afternoon sun firing on all cylinders overhead, neon signs beat down every block. But behind these giant electric ads stand interesting structures of varying styles of modern architecture, including one of the world’s greatest testaments to East Asian art and archaeology, the Tokyo National Museum. If you’re looking for a taste of tradition in the way of a Japanese garden, Tokyo’s best is Hama Rikyu Garden. Meanwhile, trend-setters and clothes lovers must make a pit stop in the Ginza, Tokyo’s hippest shopping district.
The cutting-edge culture is also evident in the city’s nightlife. Tokyo could easily be considered home of the craziest, most charged scene in Asia. Many of the world’s best DJs spin in its clubs (a night at Air is a must) and bars.
After you’ve exhausted Japan’s supply of sake and wore the varnish right off Tokyo’s dance floors, you’ll want to take care of that blistering hangover. The best cure comes in the form of “pho,” a noodle soup unlike any other. You can slurp gallons of the stuff in its unofficial birthplace: Vietnam. From the 1960s to the late 1990s, no foreigner would have given even a second thought to visiting the little sliver of land to the southwest of Japan, thanks to decades of harsh communist rule and artistic suppression.
These days, however, it seems the collective imagination of the Vietnamese has unexpectedly exploded. Today, the city of Hanoi, set along the banks of the Red River, is growing at a ferocious and exciting pace. Increasing in numbers, visitors are witnessing the vibrant metamorphosis that has caused trendy bars like Vasco’s (16 Cao Ba Quat St.), a popular eatery/watering-hole, to start popping up around town. The city also features older attractions like Hoan Kiem Lake, the town’s popular and symbolically rich meeting point, as well as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum and the Chua Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda), a serene shrine in the museum’s backyard. This clash of new and old, traditional and innovative, makes Hanoi all the more remarkable.
Bangkok & Ko Samui, Thailand
The hectic pace of Hanoi and Tokyo can, at times, be overwhelming. But never fear¬†–¬†taking a little breather in Thailand will help bring your blood pressure to respectable levels.
Mention the word “Thailand” to most anyone, and it conjures up images of depraved and sexed-up crowds
swarming¬†Bangkok‘s streets. Those images alone are enough to raise your heart rate, so skip Bangkok¬†–¬†or make a brief pit stop there¬†–¬†and head straight for the island of¬†Ko Samui instead. This slice of coastal paradise was spared by the devastating tsunami in 2004, because of its sheltered location on the other side of the country. It is one of the few places in the world where, without moving an inch, you can plant yourself on perfectly tranquil and breathtaking beaches for an entire afternoon and then get your groove on at hypnotizing parties at night. Known as moon parties, these surreal beachfront celebrations are paradoxically soothing and stimulating at the same time. With the moon acting as a giant disco ball coaxing partiers to the shore and a gathering of supremely laid-back backpackers underneath, it’s a nocturnal experience that you just can’t miss.
If you can pry yourself away from the beaches, be sure to visit Big Buddha, on Ko Samui’s Route 4171. At 12 meters tall, the Zen-tastic shrine is Ko Samui’s biggest draw after its beaches. Big Buddha watches over everyone and everything on the island, including the fighting buffalo. Yep, while other cultures pit roosters or kangaroos against each other, the island locals prefer these burly beasts of burden as their true heavyweights. Entertaining to some, and disgusting to others, the fights don’t last very long. Organizers stop the battle before the buffaloes get hurt. In other cases, the fight ends on its own when one of the animals flees.
China’s diverse and addicting cuisine isn’t exactly a secret among world travelers. But the United States, among other countries, has done a stand-up job of bastardizing the name “Chinese food.” The ubiquitous take-out favorite has accustomed us to the overly salty and fried versions of the dishes packaged in those familiar, oddly shaped white boxes. Staying a few days in Beijing, China’s second-most populous city and the unofficial culinary capital of China, will thankfully erase those misconceptions the moment you saddle up to the counter of any small, crowded haunt. You can never go wrong judging a restaurant by how packed it is, and since sub-standard eateries are hard to find anywhere in town, most places in Beijing are filled to the gills with hungry locals. In this city, filling your sightseeing appetite is just as easy.
Many of the sights are familiar ones. They include such famous landmarks as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City ¬†–¬†places striking enough in history textbooks to embed themselves forever in your brain. Seeing them in person, though, adds a whole new dimension to those images.
By James Shillinglaw, Oct 19, 2017
Upscale guided travel operator Tauck is expanding its Cuba programs in 2018, despite the recent U.S. State Department travel warning on the country and the tighter policy on Cuba travel being adopted by the U.S. government under President Donald Trump.
Tauck is adding a new 11-day small ship cruise itinerary, ‚ÄúCruising Cuba: A Cultural Gem‚Äù aboard Le Ponant (pictured above). In addition, by working with its longtime partners, Tauck also has been able to reduce the prices of its two Cuba land journeys, including the seven-day ‚ÄúCuba: Connecting with People and Culture‚Äù and the 12-day ‚ÄúCuba: A Cultural Odyssey,‚Äù by up to $1,400 per couple.
‚ÄúGuest feedback and interest in Cuba remains incredibly strong,‚Äù said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre looking forward to operating our three fully-licensed journeys in Cuba next year, and we‚Äôre thrilled to expand our portfolio in Cuba to now include small ship cruising. By working with our partners in Cuba to reduce the prices of our land tours, we‚Äôve been able to enhance our portfolio‚Äôs value at the same time we‚Äôre expanding its breadth.‚Äù
Tauck was one of the first tour operators to receive a license from the U.S. Treasury Department to begin Cuba programs under people-to-people educational exchange trips, which it began in 2012.
Starting in December 2018, however, travelers can discover Cuba by sea on the new ‚ÄúCruising Cuba: A Cultural Gem.‚Äù The 11-day program travels throughout the island featuring a seven-night cruise aboard the three-masted, 60-passenger yacht Le Ponant (part of Ponant‚Äôs fleet); a two-night hotel stay in Havana (complete with guided Tauck sightseeing); and a pre-departure overnight in Miami. Available Dec. 13 and 27, 2018, eastbound itineraries sail from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. A westbound departure on Dec. 22, 2018 follows a reverse itinerary setting sail from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.