Asia is blessed with some of the most amazing landscapes ranging from stunning mountain views to serene green spaces, and some seriously dreamy island vibes too. Some of the best clubs, bars and festivals can be found in these great locations so don’t forget to put some of these places in your to-do list in the future.
Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
It is not often that event organisers get the opportunity to build a festival around a rare phenomenon like the total solar eclipse. With the perfect location in Sulawesi, Eclipse Festival succeeded in their mission of bringing ardent dance music fans together to witness this rare occasion in March. Why Sulawesi? It happened to be one of the few locations where the total solar eclipse was fully visible for a total of almost three minutes.
Eclipse Festival kicked off on March 7th to the 11th combining multiple genres including techno, trance, and psychedelic curation. The line-up included the likes of Minilogue aka Son Kite, Robert Leiner, Bandulu, Xhin, µ-Ziq, Eat Static, X-dream and Psychopod & NamShubofEnki.
The iconic Sunburn Festival might have decided to move the brand’s 10th anniversary celebrations from Goa to Kesnan in Pune this year, but don’t worry. Goa will always be a favourite amongst traveling dance music fans. Its picturesque views and tropical island vibes and status as the spiritual home of the world's crunchy psy-trance scene, have always punters from around the world.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is no stranger to awesome beach parties, but it has never been known to be a must-visit destination for the ultimate island experience like Koh Phangan is However, things have changed over the years and now Samui is now has upped its party status and in 2017 the island will be playing host to its first major festival in February. Paradise Island, an arts and music festival will be taking place at Buddha Beach. Aside from the gorgeous beaches, one of the main attractions is the Big Buddha temple, which sits majestically on a small rocky island.
Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Nothing is better than an island fringed with white-sand beaches and a big tropical jungle surrounding it. Although Phu Quoc has rapidly transformed itself from a sleepy island backwater to a must-visit beach escape for foreign expats and sun-seeking tourists, most of its natural beauty is still pretty much intact, which makes it perfect for some exploration and adventure. Epizode, a brand new festival in Vietnam, is about to revolutionise the scene in Asia with its debut on New Year’s Eve. The two week festival will feature a combination of cultural exchange amongst punters and performers, music showcases and plenty of other side activities for everyone to get stuck into from December 31st to January 14th.
Khao Yai, Thailand
Khao Yai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Thailand’s third largest and one of the most visited national parks. A three hour drive from Bangkok, it is blessed with a lush, mountainous landscape, pounding waterfalls and rich biodiversity. Surrounding yourself with such amazing views while soaking up the sound of music is an experience that one should not miss. Mystic Valley Festival will be making its debut from February 3rd to 5th at Mountain Creek Resort to allow serious electronic music fans to breathe in the fresh mountain air and bask in its serene beauty.
Although small in size, Boracay is big in character, which makes it one of the most desired island getaway in this region. The island’s dreamy setting of postcard-perfect stretch of sand is the main essence of attraction. After sunset, live music breaks out, and the party goes on all night. Its nightlife scene is what you would expect from an island that never fails to pack in the people.
The island’s LaBoracay Festival often referred to as the spring break of the Philippines has had countless international and local DJs gracing the decks of their parties each year. From sunset parties to foam parties, cruise parties, jungle raves and secret afterhours, this year’s edition was definitely a big highlight.
Bali has a totally different island vibe compared to the rest of the other destinations mentioned in this article. It is one of the busiest islands in Indonesia and it is not hard to see why. The island is full of scenic views and it is also rich with local culture. Its gorgeous sunsets can be viewed and enjoyed at its growing list of al fresco bars, pubs and clubs, while Woobar at W Retreat & Spa Bali and Jenja are some of the best places to get your proper music fix sorted and a view of the stunning sunsets.