When you’re deciding where to spend your holiday, one of your top considerations should be where you can get the biggest bang for your buck. Beach holidays are especially important to plan for, as the cost of ocean-front hotels and late party nights can really eat up your travel budget. Use this article to help you compare the costs of hardcore beach holidays in Ibiza and Thailand.
The biggest parties in Ibiza start in May and don’t quit until the beginning of October, giving you plenty of time to get in on the action. San Antonio is a beloved hang-out for clubbers, with the Blau Parc Aparthotel and Ibiza Rocks Hostel being two of the most popular lodging choices. The former has rates starting at £28 (€35) per night in May, with peak prices reaching £79 (€98) the week of August. The latter houses some raging live concerts, and if you book early, rates are as low as £16-22 a night.
What can you expect to pay for entrance tickets to the island’s hottest clubs and parties? If you buy your tickets at the door, you could shell out £24-56 before you even buy a drink. And those don’t come cheap, either. Expect to pay about £12 for a cocktail and £8-9 for a beer or bottled water. At smaller clubs and restaurants in San Antonio, you might see a bit of relief in the form of 2×1 deals, beers and water priced at £5-6 a pint, and cocktails priced at £8.
There are a few different places you can set your sights on partying in Thailand, including Koh Phangan, Phi-Phi, and, of course, Bangkok. The first plays host to monthly Full Moon parties, which always occur the night prior to a full moon. You’ll want to stay in Haad Rin to be close to the action, and there you can expect to pay the equivalent of about £6 (300 Baht) per night for a basic dorm room, or around £20 (1,000 Baht) per night for a nice room or a basic bungalow. A beer will cost you about £2 (100 Baht), a typical Thai meal £3, and a western meal about £4. Worth reading is 5 things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
You can also find Full Moon parties at Dojo Bar on Phi-Phi, where you can expect to pay from £28-50 for accommodation at popular resorts like PP Charlie Resort and Phi-Phi Anita Resort. On regular nights, the Reggae Bar is another party favourite. As for Bangkok, probably the most famous party area is the red-light district of Patpong. Most of the go-go bars have free entrance, and once inside, you can get a beer for about £3-4.
As you can see, the pound stretches quite a bit further for beach parties in Thailand, but with return flights from around £500, the longer you stay, you longer you will save. But no matter where you decide to go, look for package deals and travel discounts on travel websites like Expedia to help you save on flights and hotels. Sell your laptop to generate some extra funds before you go for an unforgettable holiday. More articles like these can be found on Total Travel Guide.