Southeast Asia Bucket Ingredients

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?

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Thailand Buckets

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.

Thai Bucket - Full Moon Party

Thai Bucket Vendors

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
    OR
  • 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!

Thai Bucket - Full Moon Party

Thai Bucket Vendors

Thai Bucket - Full Moon Party

Thai Bucket Vendors

  • http://twitter.com/yTravelBlog Caz Craig Makepeace

    Yes the whiskey, coke, and red bull is a winner! gotta love it!

  • http://twitter.com/yTravelBlog Caz Craig Makepeace

    Yes the whiskey, coke, and red bull is a winner! gotta love it!

  • http://www.adventurouskate.com Adventurous Kate

    Eff the buckets — the news that Red Bull is stronger in Thailand is what makes me most psyched to be there three months from now!

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      haha I drank far too much redbull in Thailand. I would get the shakes the next day from over doing it lol.

  • http://www.adventurouskate.com Adventurous Kate

    Eff the buckets — the news that Red Bull is stronger in Thailand is what makes me most psyched to be there three months from now!

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      haha I drank far too much redbull in Thailand. I would get the shakes the next day from over doing it lol.

  • http://www.locationless.com Nick Laborde

    That is awesome, a bucket, a bottle of rum, Coke and a boosted Red Bull, how can that end bad …

    That gives me one more thing to look forward to next year.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Oh, it’s a hell of a time. Have fun~

  • http://www.locationless.com Nick Laborde

    That is awesome, a bucket, a bottle of rum, Coke and a boosted Red Bull, how can that end bad …

    That gives me one more thing to look forward to next year.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Oh, it’s a hell of a time. Have fun~

  • http://globetrooper.com/ Globetrooper Todd

    Those signs are truly inspired :) The mind works in mysterious ways.

  • http://globetrooper.com/ Globetrooper Todd

    Those signs are truly inspired :) The mind works in mysterious ways.

  • http://www.livingthedreamrtw.com Jeremy

    I know what I’m doing in Chiang Mai! Drinking.. rather. Makes me think of the fishbowls I get at the bars here. Sign me up!

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      aanndd you’re also going to do that when you visit me in Xi’an…!!

  • http://www.livingthedreamrtw.com Jeremy

    I know what I’m doing in Chiang Mai! Drinking.. rather. Makes me think of the fishbowls I get at the bars here. Sign me up!

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      aanndd you’re also going to do that when you visit me in Xi’an…!!

  • lifeinasack.net

    Hahaha I love this article. Brings back so many good memories of Thailand and Laos.

  • lifeinasack.net

    Hahaha I love this article. Brings back so many good memories of Thailand and Laos.

  • Thomas Aylmer

    great article

  • Thomas Aylmer

    great article

  • http://twitter.com/RunawayJuno Juno Kim

    Oh, my god. I just wrote about Bucket drink in Cambodia. So many kind!!!
    http://runawayjuno.com/2011/03/06/angkor-wat-angkor-what-siem-reap-cambodia/

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      They are deadly and yet so good!

  • http://twitter.com/RunawayJuno Juno Kim

    Oh, my god. I just wrote about Bucket drink in Cambodia. So many kind!!!
    http://runawayjuno.com/2011/03/06/angkor-wat-angkor-what-siem-reap-cambodia/

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      They are deadly and yet so good!

  • http://twitter.com/bpsea BPSEA

    Ah, sangsom – brings back good memories :-)

  • http://twitter.com/bpsea BPSEA

    Ah, sangsom – brings back good memories :-)

  • http://twitter.com/PassportDave David Leys

    Love reading this. Kept hearing about it but nobody ever really explained the buckets in detail. Sounds like one hell of a time. Also, being a redbull addict, I think I’m in love. Can’t wait to get over there later this year. Good writing man.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Thanks! Enjoy SE Asia!

  • http://twitter.com/PassportDave David Leys

    Love reading this. Kept hearing about it but nobody ever really explained the buckets in detail. Sounds like one hell of a time. Also, being a redbull addict, I think I’m in love. Can’t wait to get over there later this year. Good writing man.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Thanks! Enjoy SE Asia!

  • Jose Gutierrez

    What size are the liquor bottles usually? I spent last October in Thailand and remember little else beside the buckets.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Good question. I don’t remember either lol. It was usually in a sealed small bottle though.

      • Jose Gutierrez

        I saw another article where the guy said it was the 375ml bottles.

  • Jose Gutierrez

    What size are the liquor bottles usually? I spent last October in Thailand and remember little else beside the buckets.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Good question. I don’t remember either lol. It was usually in a sealed small bottle though.

      • Jose Gutierrez

        I saw another article where the guy said it was the 375ml bottles.

  • Matt

    Any suggestions for replacing the Thai Redbull with something you can get in the US? I feel like the standard carbonated red bull would make it taste a lot different.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Good question. I haven’t come across anything that’s similar.

  • Matt

    Any suggestions for replacing the Thai Redbull with something you can get in the US? I feel like the standard carbonated red bull would make it taste a lot different.

    • http://artofadventuring.com/ Michael

      Good question. I haven’t come across anything that’s similar.

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