WIll I need ID? What is the drinking age?

Throught the years, this has to be one of the most commonly asked question that comes up on our forums. Will I need ID to get into the bars and clubs?
Ibiza Sunset
The answer is pretty much always a big fat NO.
In all our time of going on clubbing holidays to the european resorts we have not once seen a single person been asked for ID. This doesn’t mean they are likely to let 10 year olds in the bar and get drunk so don’t think it’s a free for all in that respect. It just means that as long as you are around the right sort of age you are unlikely to asked to present ID.

However there is and exception to the rule and this is if you are going to the USA. The laws are much stricter stateside and it is unlikely that you will get into a club without presenting your ID.
This is the big difference between the European clubbing resorts and the Stateside ones.
When in Ayia Napa, Magaluf, Kavos, Ibiza etc the bouncers are not bothered about checking ID to see if you can come in. However if you change your location to say Las Vegas, you have no chance whatsoever of seeing the inside of the club without having your ID checked by somebody.
Now this doesn’t mean that we are condoning underage drinking in any way as most of these resorts do still have a legal drinking age which is normally 18. We are just saying that the odds of you being asked for ID in the European resorts are slim to none.

We guess we better direct you to somewhere that will explain the risks of alcohol etc so check out drinkaware.co.uk should you need advice on alcohol and it’s risks.

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Where to go clubbing this summer?

Are you looking to book a clubbing holiday? Well you have come to the right place. This website is dedicated to partying in the best locations all around the world, so in this post we well guide you towards where to go clubbing this summer!
During the british summer the best places to go clubbing are Europe and America. The reason for this is because in places like Asia it is the rainy seasons in a lot of places and you are best of going later in the year.

We know everybody has their favourites so this list is in no particular order!

1. Ibiza – This is quite rightly known as the clubbing capital of the world. A whole island dedicated to partying, hosting some of the biggest and best clubs in the world, headlined by the top DJ’s. Filled in the summer with party animals of all ages and close enough to go for a long weekend if you wanted.
The best thing about Ibiza is it is pretty much all summer round and is famous for it’s closing parties in September.

Ibiza Beach Party

2. Ayia Napa – We always say there are two top-tier clubbing holiday destinations in Europe, the first is Ibiza and the second is Ayia Napa. Featuring the famous square area which is heaving with bars and clubs for you to drink the night away, Ayia Napa has been popular since the rise of garage in the late 90’s. These days the music policy is varied and you can find music to suit just about any taste.
If that is not enough, Ayia Napa has the award-winning Nissi Beach which is a popular spot to party or chill out during the day.

3. Las Vegas – With a saying like What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas makes you wonder what actually does go down in sin city. The answer? Just about any and everything. If you can dream it up, there is probably somewhere in Vegas it can be done.
Vegas also has the best pool scene just about anywhere in the world with most of the top nightclubs hosting day parties with headline acts. If that isn’t enough you can rave through the night at any of Las Vegas’s many nightclubs.

Vegas Nightlife

4. Miami – A more upmarket destination, south beach is the home of the beautiful people stateside. The one thing we will say about Miami is that money most defiantly talks in this city and groups of guys may have hard times at the city’s top nightclubs if they have no girls with them. However if you get in you will be treated to some of the best clubs in the US with headline acts from all over the world.

5. Magaluf – Magaluf is known as the most rowdy of all the clubbing holiday destinations. Due to it being quite cheap it is very popular with youngsters as well as stag and hen parties. Due to it being just a short flight from the UK you can go for a long weekend also.
Magaluf also has one of the nicest beaches of any clubbing holiday destinations and a huge super club called BCM.

6. Cancun – Just about everybody has heard of spring break, the wild party time where US uni students go to let their hair down. However Cancun is popular during the summer also with both youngster and a slightly more mature crowd.
Cancun is full of amazingly fun bars like Senior Frogs as well as massive super clubs like The City. Another great place to go for a night out in Cancun is Coco Bongo. Which if any of you have ever been to Magaluf is a bit like the pirates show. Well worth a trip.

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6. Kavos – Kavos was always popular, but since the TV show what happens in Kavos it’s popularity has gone through the roof. It is one long road scattered with bars and clubs and people partying all night long. It is not the most upmarket place ever so don’t go there expecting too much.

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7. Sunny Beach – Another destination where the popularity has exploded due to the What Happens In series on Channel 4. Located in Bulgaria this destination is not only popular with people from the UK but also very popular with people from Scandinavia and russia. This resort is not as big as a lot of the others on this list however.

8. Mykonos – A relative newcomer on the european clubbing holiday scene, but it’s reputation is growing with every passing summer. Also it’s nice to head to these resorts before they blow up as you get to experience what they were like in the “good old days” that you hear people talk about.

So to answer the question Where to go clubbing this summer? You can pick any destination of our list and you are pretty much guaranteed to have a great time.

What to do if an airline breaks your suitcase

Those of us who travel a lot have most likely come across this issue at some point. You are waiting at the baggage carousel for you bag and you see one that you think looks like yours, but it looks like it has been through the wars and possibly run over by an Airbus A380!
As it comes closer you can see that is has been damaged and that this is not how you checked it in. So in the post we will show you what to do if an airline breaks your suitcase.

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  1. Report it! The airline is responsible for your case from the moment you check it in, until you get it back at the other end. Far too many times people take their case home and replace it out of their own pocket, I have been guilty of this myself.
    There should be a desk at the airport to report the fault, but even if you leave there should be an email address or number you can contact. However, we cannot stress enough that it is best to report it at the airport. Most airlines will also give you 7 days to report the damage to you case, but don’t take this as a given. You should also make sure that the rep that you report the damage to gives you a reference number.
  2. Take pictures! Thankfully we live in the age where we have a camera on our mobile phone so taking a picture should be easy. Also the fact that you are most likely going on holiday will also mean a camera is likely to be around. It is a lot easy to fight your corner when you have photographic evidence.
  3. Do you need a new bag instantly? Ask for one. If your bag is damaged beyond use, the airlines should have some cheap bags that will be useful just to get your stuff to the hotel / home. Make sure it’s clear that this is not your replacement bag for the one they damaged but simply a bag you are using because it is an emergency.
  4. Don’t take no for an answer. While some airlines are a lot better than others at sorting out a repair / replacement. Other airlines will do their best to get out of their responsibility to repair or replace the case. Don’t let it drop, they damaged it, they can repair it.
  5. If they replace it, make sure it is like for like. Just because they send you a case doesn’t mean that you have to accept it. If they break a £200 samsonite hard case then don’t accept a cheap fabric case as a replacement.

Most of the time the airline will repair or replace your bag via a dedicated company. However, some airlines will try harder to get out of paying than others. I doubt you will have to strain your brain to hard to figure out who.

The best clubbing holiday tattoos!

We was bored traveling through twitter as you do and thought, what are some of the most epic tattoos that people have gotten on a clubbing holiday? Well these are the best clubbing holiday tattoos that we could find. Obviously by epic we mean tattoos that you are most likely to regret once you wake up and the alcohol wears off.

1. Get out my ma fanny, broom fucking broom.

2. We are not even sure what this one is supposed to be? Maybe some form of turtle?

3. Ha, this one is pretty epic

4. Seems like sound advice to us

5. Apparently!

6. Fuck bitches, eat chicken. Words to live by!

7. There’s no getting in there.

8. He’s packing

9. Tupac would be so proud.

10. Well are you?

11. Thankfully this was only henna!

12. Must have been an epic time.

13. But why? #whathappensinsunnybeach = You think you are Mike Tyson.

Which one is your favourite? Do you know any one who has a worse one? Leave us a comment.

Koh Phangan Full Moon Party Guide!

The Full Moon Party should be on every ravers to do list! When the full moon hits Thailand everybody migrates to Koh Phagnan for the greatest rave Asia has seen. We will give you hints and tips we got during our first experience of this party.

1. If you plan to book accommodation when you get there, it is best to arrive a few days before the party as it tends to fill up quickly. If you are booking online then many hotels enforce a minimum stay of at least 4 days. In our opinion you really don’t want to stay on Koh Phagnan longer than 3 days. The day before the party, the day of the party and the day after the party. We found the by two days after the party the place was pretty much dead.

2. The buckets are absolutely lethal! No matter how big of a drinker you think you are these buckets out in Thailand are something else, pace yourself or you are gonna have a real bad time. Food and water is readily available so make sure that you work them in throughout the night to stop you from getting too drunk.
The local spirits are a lot cheaper but they are also harsher, so beware if you select buckets made from these.
For these reasons you do not want to get to the full moon party before say 10pm. You will be able to spot most of the people who got there super early and started drinking, they will be the ones passed out or stumbling about.

Full moon party crew

3. Protect your feet. Although it is a beach going bare foot isn’t the best idea. After a night if partying the beach is covered with glass, buckets and who knows what else. Make sure you wear trainers or at least flip-flops.

4. Fire skipping is a bad idea. A rope lit on fire, what could go wrong? Burnt hair, burnt body, burnt clothes? Just don’t do it.

5. Cheap drinks are available at the convince stores like 7 eleven. If you want a cheap beer then head there. You can freely drink these store purchased drinks on the beach so you have nothing to worry about there.

6. Getting in the sea at night is a bad idea for many reasons. One is that it’s dangerous and you could get into trouble (people have drowned). The other reason is people use it as their personal toilet throughout the full moon party, if that isn’t enough to deter you then I don’t know what is.

full moon party morning

7. The party goes on well into the afternoon of the following day! The picture above was taken when we left at about 8am! As you can see there is still plenty of people partying it up and it went on much later than this!

8. Many people will offer to paint you for up to 400 baht. We recommend that you try to barter them down and aim to pay 200-300 baht. Failing this go to a supermarket buy the paint and do it yourself.

8. It does actually cost to get in the party, it’s quite cheap though at just 100 baht (£2)

9. On the islands many places charge to go to the toilet. While its cheap at 10-20 baht we found if we brought a few beers from a bar throughout the night then we could go to pee as much as we wanted, and that was a lot!

10. Don’t lose your friends! Just like anything that attracts crowds there will be undesirable people at the full moon party waiting to take advantage of someone who maybe isn’t quite with it or is alone. Choose a meeting place where you will go should you get detached from your mates.

We hope we have helped with your planning of the full moon party! If you plan to go to Phuket or even Krabi after Koh Phagnan you can read our experiences with Lomprayah to Phuket.

Thailand Travel Advice

We have put this post together with Thailand travel advice that everyone should know.

1. Everything in Thailand is negotiable,  well at least everything that isn’t in a retail shop or restaurant. Haggle, even if the sign says no discount.

2. Taxis should use a meter, haggle any fixed priced offer as they are charging you more than a meter would cost anyways.

3. Anywhere a taxi driver or tuk tuk offers to take you should be treated with extreme caution. It’s fair to say that if you haven’t asked to go there it’s a scam and everyone from the person speaking to you, the tuk tuk driver and the guy at the other end are all in on it. If you want a trip go to a travel agent. Also don’t let anyone talk you into just going to “see”, who knows where they may take you.

Tuk Tuk

4. Around tourist sites dodgy people will try to sell you overpriced trips and tell you the place you are going to is closed. This is most probably a lie and you should ask someone official or go anyways to confirm for yourself.

5. Don’t change any money before you go.  Money exchange booths are everywhere,  however at the airport you should only change what you need to get to your hotel as it’s a worse rate than in the city.

6. The traffic in Bangkok is awful,  try to use the MTS or BTS if you can especially during rush hour.

7. Never ever leave your passport with anyone. Passports go for a lot of money on the black market and it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was missing when you returned to collect it.

8. Tuk tuk driver are crazy,  use these with caution.

9. In heavy traffic times use the airport rail link rather than the taxi, otherwise you will be sitting in traffic for ages. Don Muang has poor rail links and a taxi is the only viable option.

10. The budget airlines use the older Don Muang airport, while most international flights come into Suvarnabhumi. If you are booking a connecting flight after arriving please factor in the time to transfer to this airport.

Air Asia

11. On the islands you will see loads of stray dogs just running around. Don’t stroke them, they have been known to bite and are better left alone.

12. We read you need to carry your passport with you at all times, but we never did. It’s much safer in the hotel safe. If you like you can carry a photocopy of your passport.

13. Some places require ID to change money, I always used my driving licence which was accepted everywhere.

14. Drug users are dealt with harshly in Thailand, avoid at all costs. We heard from people who had been offered a pull on a joint only for the police or at least someone saying they were the police to pounce on them.

15. People have been known to have their bags snatched by people on motorbikes. Stay alert and keep your bag tight to your body and on the side away from the road.

16. Water in Thailand is cheap just about everywhere 10 baht or so. Make sure you stay hydrated.

17. Thailand is super hot, make sure you wear suncream.

18. In bars and clubs women will challenge you to varies games such as pool, connect 4 etc. If you win they will buy you a drink, if you win you have to buy them one. The odds of you winning are slim to none, these women play these games all day every day and could go pro.

19. Be careful when hiring jetskis or motorbikes, it is not uncommon for you to be asked to pay for damages once you have returned the item, even if you haven’t caused any.

20. Night markets are great places to get buy trinkets, tshirts and knock off electronics for small costs. Remember to haggle and be prepared to walk away for the best deals.

Bangkok Night Market

21. Thai food is really cheap and on the road a Pad Thai will cost you around 50-100baht.

We hope that this advice has been useful and wil help you on your trip to Thailand.

Koh Phangan to Phuket with Lomprayah

There are many companies that will take you from the islands to Phuket,  we chose to book with an agent using the Lomprayah service after hearing so much about it online.
It was all very straight forward,  we arrived at the Lomprayah desk where we handed in our agent issued ticket and was given our bus and boat tickets as well destination stickers for us as well as our luggage. In the picture you can also see the pricing of many other destinations.

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We then boarded the boat which went to Don Sak pier via the island of Koh Samui. The ride was very smooth and the boats they use are very fast and modern catamarans.

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Once we arrived at the pier we were greated with buses of various sizes taking people to their destinations.
Well at least everyone else was as we had to wait around 30 mins for ours to arrive.

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As long as you are on the bigger buses they are well equipped with comfortable seats, air as well as a toilet.
The ride to phuket was also very smooth and quite relaxing. Unfortunately there was a strong smell of pee coming from the toilet so my advice would be to sit upstairs away from the toilet.

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Around half way into the journey the bus stops to allow you to go and get something to eat.  There is a mixture of hot food and snacks for purchase.  We stopped for around 20 minutes.

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Our tickets to Phuket cost 1100 baht from the agent who also picked us up from the hotel. Lomprayah themselves charge 1000 baht so it means he only added 100 baht to the cost which is great value really.

On arrival in Phuket we was met by what I assume was the Lomprayah agent who sold us transfers to our hotel for 150 baht per person. The transfer were on small minibuses. It may have been possible to get a taxi on the street that was cheaper, but for such a low cost it wasn’t something I was going to explore.

We was really impressed with the Lomprayah service and would definitely recommend them for getting to and from the islands.

Butlins Big Weekends

A clubbing holiday is great fun and we look forward to them all year but there is another option that is closer to home and a lot cheaper, step forward the Butlins Big Weekends. These are weekends where you party hard for 3 nights, so don’t expect to get much sleep!

 butlins adult weekender

What are they?
A Butlins Big Weekend is a dedicated weekend for adults where there is live music & accommodation all include in the price you pay. As always with Butlins there are different accommodation levels. These are the Standard and Silver Rooms & Standard, Silver and Gold apartments.
We would say go for the Gold rooms, but I wouldn’t expect anything amazing. Just a reasonable standard for the weekend with a nice living room area to hang out in. Top tip, if you are not in a gold room don’t forget to bring a towel.

Who Goes?
These weekends are popular with stag and hen parties & groups of men and women aged 18 upwards. You won’t see families at these weekends, as they name says, they are adult weekends.

What type of music is it?
They try to cater for everyone in terms of the music. Some of the more popular ones include, We love the 70’s, Ultimate 80’s, 90’s reloaded & Soul Weekender.

Where are they?
They have the Big Weekends at all their camps which are located in Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead.

Can you take your own drink?
Yeap you can, so make sure you stock up the room for cheap pre drinking sessions. The drinks in resort are reasonably priced though.

Everyone should try a Butlins Big Weekend, they are cheap enough that you can just go and check it out. They run all year round so are perfect to go to while you are waiting for the clubbing holiday season to start. If you go with an open mind and don’t expect to much from the accommodation you will have a great time.

Check the Big Weekender webite

 

 

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid to return home

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid  to return home. In the latest development in the case of the “Peru Two” Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid, it seems as if they will be allowed to serve their sentence back home after the British and Peruvian authorities reach an agreement which will seen the women serve their sentence out in a British Jail.

Michaella McCollum Connolly
The two girls were caught last summer attempting to smuggle 11kg of cocaine out of the country last summer and quickly made headlines across the world being dubbed the “Peru Two”.
At first they claimed they had been forced into doing this by drug dealers but later admitted that they did it via their own free will for a reported £5000. The girls were facing a much lengthier sentence if they had put in a not guilty plea.
In the end they were sentenced to six years and eight months in December of last year. They are currently serving time at the Ancon 2 jail outside of Lima after being transferred from the Virgen De Fatima prison complex.Britian has agreed to take the two girls into the British prison system due to a repatriation agreement in place between the two countries.  This however is not an instant thing and it is expected to take a few months before the women will actually be repatriated.

What do you think? Should they be allowed to serve out their sentence in the UK? Do you feel like they are getting special treatment?