BKK - Thailand
If you're a self-indulgent prick like me then you want your buck’s party to be huge.
There is definitely a time and place for a seedy club, an excessive drinking encouraged establishment where sins are washed away by some kind of vile concoction. I’ve been here. Many times.
A bucks party is the perfect reason to gather your buds and plan something epic that will go down in folklore. When we were planning a wedding, a 3.5 month honeymoon, something huge was brewing for the lads.
We went to Thailand. Bangkok to be exact. I know what you’re thinking. We are those Hangover movie type ‘We should go to Vegas’ type dicks.
I swear it’s not like that. Well maybe a little bit.
Here is a hard and fast recommendation to make it a worthwhile occasion for the lads.
1. Destination – Like destination weddings, a destination bucks is highly self-indulgent and costs a bit of coin. What you get in return are guests in holiday/party mode. They are separated from their work, partners and alarm clocks. Get out of your own city. Get rid of those shackles. We went to Bangkok, Thailand. We spent 3 nights partying in Bangkok before starting cycling tour down the coast. More on that below.
2. Crew – Assemble a stellar crew. Not too many now that you are hitting a destination.
3. Funding – You’re trying to pay for a wedding and honeymoon. Oh, you’re also paying for rent, food, bills, Netflix and life. It’s tough to fund a trip like this. You need to figure this out without your plus one wilding about the money.
We had a punters club. We set up a Facebook group to post our bets. The best man collected money from everyone weekly and placed the bets. Each week someone in the club had the floor to win the boys some money. Trick is save half the money you inject into the account each week and bet the olther half. Either way, you're saving every week. Over a few months we had a few thousands dollars racked up which paid for hotels, tours and party.
4. Activities – Organise something! I’ve been to too many bucks parties with nothing sorted out. It ends up 20 guys standing out the front of the bar wondering why the bouncer doesn’t let them in.
We spent 3 days/nights of partying in Bangkok. We set rules, everyday we had to wear party shirts and every night we suited up. A crew of lads suited up in Thailand amongst the backpackers in fisherman pants is quite the spectacle. We went pimp for the first 3 nights staying in the slick digs of the W Hotel Bangkok. The breakfast is on point for your dusty head. I still have cravings for their jalapeno pizza and English style beef mince on toast.
Being Thailand, just walking the streets amongst street vendors, eating from food carts, cruising markets and hitting up some street side beers is the best.
The nights were what you would expect. If we ever cross paths for a beer I’ll tell you all about it. We hired a photographer to follow us around for a few hours. I've never felt so much like a wanker. Worth it. We paid for people to make us printed Busboy t-shirts. We paid a bar to let us DJ. Kendrick Lamar 2014 got a huge run. We were the kings of Thailand for a week.
After Bangkok we were picked up and drove 2 hours south to Hua Hin. We lycra’d up, support vehicle fuelled and our Tour de Thailand jerseys on, the lads were riding 400km south stopping in at villages, eating at tiny restaurants and experiencing a different style of bucks partying than the normal strip club mess.
We cycled one day for 4 hours and stopped at a beach side haven. Exhausted from the heat we rehydrated and took the piss out of our mate that took refuge in the support vehicle. Have you ever had a charcoal cooked bass with lashings of young mango sauce? It was cooked on top of old mates 1968 VW Beetle BTW. Either had I.
Our hosts treated us to traditional Thai life. We gorged on traditional Thai feasts, learnt about the countries cultural delicate subjects whilst seeing it all from the saddle of a pushy. Every night we had a skin full of Chang beer, then hit the road again the next day. One of the boys had a collision with one families goose. We split before there were $$$ damages.
Make it happen. Simple. Hit me up if you want more. Sa wa dee ka.