The Top 10 Wildest Parties in the World

| January 30, 2012 | 43 Comments

holiClubbing and partying is now an international industry and there are hundreds of travel operators who specialize in sending you and your friends around the world to some of the planet’s hottest nightlife. So what are the world’s top ten wildest parties where to let loose and join the flow?

The Full Moon Party

This all-night beach party takes place on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night of every full moon. The Full Moon Party has been known to attract over fifty thousand travelers, mostly backpackers who get there thanks to the cheap flights to Phuket, partying to R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae music and downing the lethally alcoholic drinks ‘buckets’.

Song Kran

Song Kran is a festival held in Thailand to mark the New Year,on April 13th. It has become popular with Western tourists and travelers visiting Thailand, especially in Chiang Mai where it can last for up to a week, and is celebrated by throwing water at each other.



Holi is one of the best known religious festivals in South Asia, and indeed the world.  It is celebrated by millions of Hindus not only in India, Nepal and Malaysia but also in the Indian diaspora in Britain, the Caribbean and the United States. Taking place in early March, it involves lighting bonfires and throwing colored powder and water at each other.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

The New Orleans Carnival has its roots in the Christian season of Lent, starting two weeks before Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday. At least one major parade takes place each day with the riders of floats throwing plastic beads and cups to the crowd. The parades march along Canal Street, on the upriver side of the French Quarter.

Burning Man

The Burning Man festival has been held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada in the USA since the early 1990’s and can attract up to fifty thousand people. It takes place on the weekend before the Labor Day holiday in September and involves people performing music and dance and making art before the forty foot high effigy which gives the festival its name is set alight. (

Running of the Bulls

This famous event takes place in the Spanish city of Pamplona every July and involves hundreds ofyoung men, among them travelers from across the world, who attempt to outrun the bulls who chase them through the narrow streets en route from their pens to the bullring where matadors fight them.

La Tomatina

One of the most famous festivals in the world, La Tomatina ( is held in Buñol, a small town in southern Spain near Valencia. It involves pelting other festival goers with tomatoes which have been crushed first to avoid anyone getting injured, although many participants still wear goggles and other protective gear. The throwing, which is accompanied by singing and dancing, lasts an hour and the pelters normally get through around a hundred and fifty thousand tomatoes.

tomatina wildest parties in the world

Battle of the Oranges

A similar event to La Tomatina is held every year in the small town of Ivrea in Piedmont, northwest Italy. Rather than pelting each other with tomatoes, the participants are split up into teams with colorful names like the Devils and Black Panthers who then attack their opponents with oranges. The carnival takes place in the run up to Lent and is thought to have its roots in resistance to the medieval lord’s droit de seigneur. (


The Oktoberfest is not only Germany’s best known beer festival but is also one of the most famous parties in the world, attracting five million visitors to Munich who consume industrial quantities of roast chicken, pork and sausages, all washed down with seven million litres of beer.( Only the following breweries from the city of Munich can sell beer in the festivals tents:

  •  Augustiner
  • Hacker-Pschorr
  • Löwenbräu
  • Paulaner
  • Spaten
  • Hofbräu

Carnaval, Rio de Janeiro 

Rio de Janeiro has earned its sexy and scintillating reputation (and its nickname, “Cidade Maravilhosa,” or “The Marvelous City”) the easy way — it simply lives up to it everywhere you look at. The city throbs to the infectious beat of Brazilian music, the choro, the samba and the bossa nova, and is the main source of Brazil’s national culture. Its annual carnival, known simply as Carnaval, draws together the population of the city (known as the ‘Cariocas’) ranging from rich to very poor who take to the streets for the world’s largest samba parade in the world on the Sambodromo.


And now it’s your turn:

Which of these parties have you had the time of your life at? Which would you like to experience at some point? Which would you never join? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below and this post too if you liked it!

[photo credits @ Flickr: wyndhan, puuikibeach, Kate McKenna]

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43 responses to “The Top 10 Wildest Parties in the World”

  1. dlam says:

    You missed my favorite. Fantasy Fest in Key West. Mardi Gras is great, but FF is Mardi Gras on acid. Cheers!

  2. Jenny says:

    I love the La Tomatina Festival. Apart from the enjoyment, there are various rules of the festival so as to avoid any kind of injury to anybody. Those who take part in this event are strongly encouraged to wear protective safety goggles and gloves. In addition, they must squish the tomatoes before throwing for safety precautions. Another rule is that no one is allowed to bring into this fight anything that may provoke someone into a more serious brawl, such as a glass bottle.

  3. moham says:

    Hindu holi festival is great

  4. your all posting is nice but i mostly like Hindu Holi festival it is a colours festival.. thanks for sharing this great information

  5. Guia says:

    These are all great parties.. How I wish I can experience this full moon party and this La Tomatina. I think those were so cool!

  6. Tanaris says:

    I actually don’t have any idea that these parties existed until I read your post. The tomato festival seems to be the best for me but I don’t think girls are qualified to participate lol

  7. Greg says:

    Fascinating reviews of Mardi Gras
    Ivisited in 1981 onboard a merchant ship.It really is a great carnival

  8. Jordan Quade says:

    I just love the whole concept of Holi. I had been to India last year around March and luckily I ended up celebrating this beautiful festival. Its so much fun throwing water balloons and colors on your friends and family. We even used scented colors dissolved in water which was so soothing that the smell didn’t go for days. If possible, I would really love to be there and celebrate this festival again.

  9. Marshall Miller says:

    I had been to the La Tomatina festival last year and It was one hell of an experience. The night before the fight sees a paella-cooking competition; however, things soon become a little less civilized! At around 10am on Wednesday morning, a ham is placed upon a greased-up wooden pole, and it is the task of one brave individual to retrieve it, so that the festivities may begin. Trucks loaded full of tomatoes surround the area, and once the firing of water cannons occur, the fight is on.

  10. Bhling says:

    I love those parties! There are some unique…

  11. i have always known about the tomato one and a few others but its good to know there are other huge parties around the world

  12. Nicholas says:

    Oktoberfest was one of the best parties I have attended. The flow of beer in this fest is really worth watching! The roasted chicken, pork and sausages along with the beer is always welcomed for me! The people of Munich and other tourists added the perfect enthusiasm to the party. The other parties which you have sorted seems to be worth watching too! The pictures are just amazing! I would love to attend all of them in future!

  13. All the parties which you listed are wild. I have attended the La Tomatina, Running of the bulls and Battle of the oranges. The experience was amazing! I had attended them with my family. The joy and spirit of people in Spain is truly unbelievable! But after reading your post i would like to attend Holi in Asia and the full moon party in Thailand seems interesting and fun! Thanks for sharing them, will surely plan to attend them!

  14. My vote goes to Burning Man. I liked the enthusiasm and the belief that people associate with it. I was not very convinced of the festival when I first heard about it and what it entails. But I insist that the experience is totally different from what the description is. I think the same is the case with each and every one of these festivals and parties here. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

  15. Tinna says:

    Those are really wild!

  16. maitravelsite says:

    Bet you had a blast Joey at those two! Now it’s time to check the others!

  17. Carlos says:

    The wildest party that I have every visited was the Holi celebrations that the Indian origin friends of mine threw last year. There was this booze- called some bhang it tasted like nothing I had ever had. The drink made me dizzy and enjoy the water and color throwing. I am a drinker and have had all sorts of booze around the world and I must confess that this Holi special drink was really fantastic and added to the party being wild and wacky all the more.

  18. maitravelsite says:

    Perhaps I agree with you, though the Tomatina and the orange fight in Italy is not for the faint hearted either!

  19. Rodney says:

    I have joined the Oktoberfest, La Tomatina and Mardi Gras. You can really feel the passion and excitement of everyone.

    Regarding the Song Kran, there is a festival in a town of the Philippines where people will also drench each other (including innocent passersby, namely me) with water. Turns out it’s the way they celebrate the day of St. John the Baptist (by doing their version of baptism by water).

  20. Lance says:

    It depends. Some children would just enjoy the party while other children will come to expect the big deal or a way to keep up with the Jones. I just think it is a mistake to go overboard because then children start to expect it. What happened to just cake and ice cream

  21. Henie says:

    I haven’t been to either one of those parties…The throwing of water looks really fun!lol

  22. Edward says:

    I would love to experience all the parties which you have mentioned in this post even if I have enjoyed some of them before. I have enjoyed Holi, La tomatina and Running of the bulls when I visited Asia and Spain in past with my friends. It was a marvelous experience! However I did not participate in Running of the bulls by looking at those massive scary bulls, but enjoyed watching one of my friend participating in it. I also liked Holi which is a festival of colors celebrated in Asia. The photos which you have posted have refreshed those wonderful memories. Thanks! Would love to attend the Oktoberfest and Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro. Have heard about them but have not attended yet.

  23. Akishya says:

    Nice photo! and it look so amazing. I will definitely visit all this wonderful places someday. The number one on my list is to experience beer festival or Oktoberfest in Germany. Thanks for the post.

  24. Faye B. Thomas says:

    I have visited your website last year to search for places to go from and it is very helpful to me. By February my company is planning for staff vacation and they assign me to search for a place I think I will choose Thailand. Can you help me find a best place to stay for around 10 people?

  25. David says:

    I am just dieing to visit the places you just mentioned. I have heard a lot about the Holi festival, La Tomatina, the Oktoberfest and the carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Although I have experienced celebrating Holi as a lot of Indians reside in my area. Its too much fun throwing colors and water on each other. The best part about this festival is its celebrated in March which helps you beat the heat. The color also stays for a couple of days making it difficult to forget those wonderful memories.

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