World’s top party-animal destinations

Do you like to hang out in clubs until the break of dawn, dancing until you feel like you just used up the last drop of energy in your body? Do you love the nightlife? If your answer is positive you’ll want to check out these locations for the ultimate party experience.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

The popular Fullmoon parties of Koh Phangan began a few years back when a group of tourists discovered that the full moons seen from this beach were the most beautiful they had ever seen and decided to throw a party to celebrate this discovery. Ever since then, party people from all over the globe have been coming to Koh Phangan to join the celebrations.

A Fullmoon party takes place on this beach at least once every month with 8 to 12,000 people attending during low season, 15 to 20,000 during high season and 30,000 on New Year’s Eve. Every party starts at sundown when the moon starts to take shape over the sandy beaches and as the night settles-in music starts to take over, as MCs take turn to please all those present by mixing trance, techno, drum and bass and even reggae. Fire-dancers and fire-eaters complete the party atmosphere and make sure that you won’t soon forget your Koh Phangan adventure.

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Goa, India

Goa has been one of the planet’s most popular party scenes ever since the 1960s when the hippies reached India’s oriental beaches and introduced their culture to these places. To this day hippie influences can be detected in the psychedelic trance and techno beats that can be heard at Goa parties and there are those who say that Goa music makes no sense until your high on drugs, preferably acid.

A Portuguese colony until 1962, Goa is a must-visit destination for all party animals that are looking for something different, like psychedelic trance. The beaches here are filled with clubs and shacks, but the recent death of a British tourist has drawn attention on these establishments and inquiries have revealed that Goa is more than just a party paradise, it’s also a drugs, sex and crime paradise, and the authorities say things will soon change.

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun is officially the world’s most popular spring break destination and for good reason. This incredible resort offers its visitors some of the world’s most beautiful sunbathed beaches, luxury hotels and most importantly, some of the wildest nightclubs in South America.

In the day time Cancun is very calm, people just like to swim in the turquoise waters, lay in the sunlight or by the pool, sipping cocktails, but that all changes as soon as the sun sets and the clubs open their gates for all the hungry party animals. Whether you like house music, dance, rock, jazz, latino or any other music genre for that matter, you’re guaranteed to find a place to enjoy yourself in Cancun.

Just one thing you should remember, in case you didn’t know this: don’t drink the water! As long as you only drink bottled water, your Mexican experience should be one to remember for all the right reasons.

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Ios, Greece

Often referred to as the Acropolis of party destinations, Ios is indeed one of the top adult party destinations in Europe. Calm little port city by day, Ios comes alive at midnight when all the tourists stampede towards the more than 100 clubs set around the center of town. Whether they opt for the Blue Note, the Flame or the Slammer Bar, everyone is guaranteed a good time in Ios.

What makes Ios special among all Greece travel destinations, is the fact that it has no special attractions, no ruins to visit, tourists come here for just two things: drinking and sex. The 20-some-year-old visitor base is made up of heavy drinkers that pass out in the alleys of the resort and don’t recover until the next evening.

So if you’re into partying until daybreak, drinking yourself unconscious and having random sex, than Ios should be at the top of your party destinations list.

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Ibiza, Spain

If you eat, drink and breathe clubbing than Ibiza is definitely the place for you! This little island is known as the Mecca of nightlife and it’s famous for the wild parties that go on from May till October. 7 major clubs ( Amnesia, Pacha, El Divino, Es Paradis, Eden, Space and Privilege) and many other smaller ones try to satisfy every taste with genres reaching from house and techno to jazz, hip-hop and r’n’b, but, even though Ibiza now offers musical diversity, the club-scene still manages to steal the spotlight. All of the world’s top DJs perform here during the summer gathering huge masses that like to dance to their crazy beats form dusk till dawn.

The best thing about this place is that there’s never a dull night, there’s bound to be a party at one of the clubs, so you’re guaranteed to have a good time whether it’s a week day or the weekend.

Ibiza is also one of those places where everyone that’s anyone likes to make an appearance and have a taste of the famous nightlife, so don’t trip if you come face to face with movie and music stars.

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32 Comments for "World’s top party-animal destinations"

Mark says on June 10th, 2008 at 7:20 pm:

WTF? Where’s Rio de Janero @ Mardi Gras?

Golfing in Thailand says on October 10th, 2008 at 7:16 pm:

Yes Koh Phangan is definitely one best place to party. I want to go to Ibiza myself. It looks great from the pic :-) drink …dance…….drunkkkkk

Spring Break Villas says on October 11th, 2008 at 5:24 am:

Mazatlan Mexico still rates as one of the wildest Spring Break spots. The beachs, clubs, foam parties, and contests are nuts. And you cant forget about Acapulco, the Palladium has to be listed in the top 5 clubs in the world. Dancing with the Devil until 6 am and then heading back to your Spring Break Villa is the best,

Chris says on December 13th, 2008 at 9:20 am:

Goa should not be on the list any more…
It’s totally dead now. Bars and clubs close at 10pm and you rarely find a party after that. It takes a lot of hassle to find out an afterparty, you drive 1h through the bush on a scooter to find a russian mafia run club that bribes the police to stay open and is ‘packed’ with 50 people…

Since 2007, new regulations are in place and Goa is purely a relaxing beach resort. If you want to party, DON’T go to Goa, you will be disappointed!
(I know what I’m taling about, just went there last week, absolutely dead though it’s high season. it DOES NOT have to do with the terrorist attacks in Bombay, it’s just government regulations that drive people away)

Jesper says on December 16th, 2008 at 8:39 pm:

Chris has got it right, Goa is not a party destination any more.. (sad but true) I went there in 03/04 for two months at a time and there were plenty of good outdoor trancepartys that lasted longer then you, hehe! I also went there in 07/08 for 2 week charters and the partymood was changed.. indoor, nearly soudproof danceflore`s and no outdoor music after 9 or 10 in the evning! Goa has changed but i still love the place in its ways!!

wissam says on December 30th, 2008 at 10:59 pm:

Ibiza is the best in all ways !!!!!!!!!!1111

Soundboy says on January 6th, 2009 at 6:35 am:

Koh Phangan Thailand is still number one !!
Last New Years Party on the beautiful beach in Haad Rin was absolutely fantastic..
Soon the next Full moon Party will take place ( 10 January), i will be there for sure !

Andrew says on January 14th, 2009 at 5:31 am:

Been to all of them and Ibiza wins, hands down. Unparalled music, fashion, and party quality

ryan says on February 17th, 2009 at 8:12 pm:

Goa will be back people ,all it needs is time ! trance originated in goa and will never die out ,the parties are still on ,you just have to find them!

Jonathan says on July 19th, 2009 at 3:17 am:

Boracay Philippines is the most BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING Party beach in the World

Ali karout says on July 30th, 2009 at 7:53 pm:

Where is BEIRUT ………..I think it is the best place for partying …u all must go and see

George says on August 27th, 2009 at 9:23 pm:

Ibiza definitely is the biggest partyland worldwide…..totally crazy…The sound of Ibiza..yeaaaa
I was expecting to see Mykonos too on the list…of course after Ibiza!!!!

Lenny says on August 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm:

Ibiza is the best by far guys..People from Ibiza!

kevin says on December 26th, 2009 at 7:23 pm:

The Tubing in Vang Vieng Loas has to be party destination that has to be experencied

pedro says on January 16th, 2010 at 8:13 pm:

been to ibiza, ios greece, cancun and thailand! SICK SICK PARTIES…….. i cant decide which was best.. probably a split between ibiza and thailand! planning on hitting goa! heard a lot of good things ;) just hope the scenes not dead YET!

Zinc G says on January 29th, 2010 at 12:26 am:

Pretty good list. I discovered a new place that a lot of Aussies are keen on, but no one else. SUMMER IN BALI, INDONESIA!!!!! OMG!!!! Whether you’re shaking it to hip-hop in Kuta, sipping champagne with high society in Seminyak or catch the raves in secret locations this place rocks! Anothe reason you should go???? 1. Dirt cheap. The same party atmoshpere as Ibiza with all the beautiful people, but w/o the pretentiousness. Google “Kudeta” y’all or better yet You tube it to get an idea of the party scene.

Dental Pattaya says on March 17th, 2010 at 4:18 am:

Fresh water skiing can be enjoyed in Pattaya. It is a popular sport on Jomtein Seaside and some parts of Pattaya Beach.

jessica says on April 5th, 2010 at 10:04 pm:

i’ve been to all 5 of them and there all awesome !!
can’t forget wild nights at ibiza really great !
since i saw the movie “the beach” i really wanted to visit Koh Phangan those people there were nuts !sick nightlife and non stop drinking
but IOS was the BEST crazy,wild nights PARTY & SEX you can’t imagine neither refuse them :)
i’ve been at ios during the summer ’08 & ’09 now i can;t wait for summer 2010 staying there for about 2 months IOS ROCKS !

Gurbaksh Chahal says on April 27th, 2010 at 5:20 am:


Christopher says on June 8th, 2010 at 5:00 am:

Magaluf ???

daniel says on August 27th, 2010 at 4:18 pm:

Burning Man in arizona?????

Hector says on September 1st, 2010 at 6:51 pm:

Ibiza has the best nightlife worldwide guys,legendary one and what’s more Ibiza sets the trend for the rest of the world !
Every year there’s a new location in the world that tries to be the next Ibiza but..there is no new Ibiza.There will always be one Ibiza.

Claire says on September 2nd, 2010 at 9:15 pm:

and the winner is…Ibiza ! It’s magic !

Peter says on September 8th, 2010 at 9:35 pm:

of course Ibiza ! what else? :)

Simon says on January 31st, 2011 at 11:42 pm:

Ayia Napa????

Greg Pike says on February 11th, 2011 at 7:35 pm:

Don’t forget George Street in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. There is a higher density of bars there than almost any place in the world.

Sonya says on February 14th, 2011 at 2:08 pm:

Ibiza ! (all the rest comes after)

James says on September 24th, 2011 at 6:46 am:

It has to be Ibiza!!!!!!!!!!! The Only other place in Europe with clubs anywhere near Ibiza is London and London is a million miles away! Ibiza has the first and second biggest clubs In the world and in order to be considered one of the best Dj’s on the planet you have to be showcasing your skills on this gorgeous little island! No matter where els you have been and don’t matter where your from if you loves partying IBIZA is the party capital of the world!! ( iv been to all 5 and Ibiza is the only one Iv been back to )

han says on October 28th, 2011 at 10:18 am:

Goa gonna rise again after a break.was dull few years back but then last year, the new year eve was awesome at Anjuna. Goa is back onnnnnn…looking forward to this newyear eve..


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