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  • Shannon Wolf | January 30, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Gili T: Where Partying is the Rule, Not the Exception

    Gili T: Where Partying is the Rule, Not the Exception

    PHOTO: A little walk down from Gili T's main strip, we stumbled upon a nicer deserted beach for sunset! (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    While exploring the different destinations of Indonesia, you eventually hear about about the famous party island of Gili Trawangan (also referred to as Gili T).

    Well, rumors are true. Gili T is a crazy land of 24-7 drunken debauchery filled with partying backpackers and everything that comes along with it.

    Every night is party night and bars stay open until 2 a.m. (sometimes 4 a.m. if the crowds are still going.) You can find magic mushroom shakes at nearly every bar (which are legal on Gili T) and you will inevitably wake up the next day feeling as though you got run over by a car — but lucky for you, no vehicles are allowed on the island so it may have just been a bicycle — I guess you’ll never know!

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    Typically, places like Gili T aren’t my type of vibe but I decided to be a good sport and go with my friend Lukas since he obliged to go to the more chilled out Gili Air with me!

    PHOTO: Lukas and I, bright and early, waiting for our shuttle to head from Ubud to Gili Trawangan!

    Upon arrival, we got a sweet, relatively cheap accommodation, chilled out during the day enjoying the beach and by night, partied until the sun rose.

    I will admit, it was fun. I may have woken up with some inexplicable bruises and a headache to match, but it was fun nonetheless! (We stayed for two days and that was more than enough for us!)

    Cheapest Accommodation: Gerald Homestay (200k a room)


    • Large basic room with queen size bed

    • Ensuite bathroom

    • Free Breakfast

    • Wi-Fi (not always working)

    Note: When it comes to accommodation, never book ahead. Prices will always be far cheaper on the island and accommodation is plentiful all time of year. Your cheapest accommodation is a homestay (all of which you can bargain down) shared with a friend!

    READ MORE: How To Budget For A Trip To Southeast Asia

    Cheapest Eats:

    • Warung Dewi

    • Night Market

    Best Wi-Fi: Kayu Cafe


    Gili T is the party destination for backpackers and every night, there is a specific bar everyone will flock to so just follow the crowd! If you’re on a budget but still want to party, as we all know, alcohol is the number one budget killer with prices incredibly inflated on the island. Do yourself a favor and bring some from Bali or Lombok. Otherwise, buy from the mini-marts rather then bars!

    PHOTO: The beginning of partying at Sama Sama with some new and old friends.

    Must Do’s:

    • Go scuba diving! Gili T is known for its scuba diving, snorkeling and beautiful underwater life that will leave you breathless (in a good way!).

    • Feast at the Night Market. There are rows and rows of delicious and budget- friendly foods to try.

    • Party Gili T style: Party at my favorite bar called Sama Sama and dance the night away. Get a fruit shake the next morning and spend the rest of the day curing your hangover on the beach.

    • Explore the island: There are no cars or motorbikes allowed, so you have the luxury of riding a bike or walking around.

    • If partying isn’t your thing, head to one of the many free movie nights found on the main stretch of the beach (typically playing at 7 and 9 p.m).

    • Get your yoga and meditation on at the Yoga Place.

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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