The legendary Southeast Asia Buckets; the backpacking trail just wouldn’t be the same without it. Perhaps for the same reason Goon is to Australia. Who knew the same bucket we used as children to build sandcastles with would be used again to go into oblivion with on the other side of the world?
Instead of a bucket set of a shovel and fork, these come with a flask of alcohol, two cans of soda, and a Redbull. It’s the adult version. Most buckets are about 150 to 200 Baht (~$5USD). The amount of straws shoved in a bucket is about a dozen with the idea that you’ll be sharing. The quantity can be overwhelming for one person and is often shared. One bucket will certainly get you there but who’s counting? The Thai version of Redbull does not give you wings and instead gives you a jet-pack. It’s a highly concentrated version of the more popular version.
The vendors are heavily competitive with their marketing campaigns. There’s a trend to adding the word ‘fuck’ to as many things as possible. The less sense it makes, the better. Trying to make any sense out of it will only make it worse.
How To Make a Thai Bucket
- First get a plastic round sandcastle bucket.
- Sangsom rum flask + one small bottle of a Thai energy drink (M-150 or Redbull) + Two cans of Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Sprite + a ton of ice
- Mekong whiskey flask (Thai Whisky), + one small bottle of a Thai energy drink (M-150 or Redbull) + Two cans of Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Sprite
There are ton more variations.
- They do sometimes add lime.
- A ton of ice.
- About a dozen straws. Even if you’re only using one of the straws.
My personal favorite is the Mekong whiskey, Coca Cola, and Redbull mix. A few buckets of those and I’m good to go (for a week)! Party on!