Gili Trawangan remains popular among young travelers

Young Australians Paul and Alex often spent partying until the wee hours of the day during their recent one-week stay at Ambary House on the party island of Indonesia’s Gili Trawangan, amid a steady interest among your travelers in one of Southeast Asia’s most famous party islands.

The full moon party in the island may not be as crazy as that of the full moon party at Thailand’s Koh Phangan island but still Gili Trawangan, which also offers top snorkeling and diving sites around it, is filled with top notch party places where you can have some drinks, meet new friends and dance all night.

“It’s not unusual for us to wake up at two or three o’clock in the morning, hearing our guests unlock the entrance gate and walk into the inner area of the villa,” said Rian, an Ambary House staff who has been working for the villa since it was still in construction period. The staff live in an annexed building near the villas’ entrance gate.

Ambary House, which is located in a quiet lane several blocks behind the party area in the southern part of the island, recently received a steady stream of guests mostly young men and women in their twenties with many staying more than three days, spending their nights out in the bars such as Irish Bar Tir Na Nog and the New Rudy’s that line up the main street about five minutes away.

It was a pity I was away from Gili Trawangan when both Paul and Alex were staying in the island but they must have made many new friends during their stay on the island, including with Ambary House staff especially Arief with whom they had had beers and done a snorkeling trip together around the three Gilis : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

Paul later wrote in a review about his stay at Ambary House on : “We got along with Arief so well we insisted he leave the villa and come snorkeling with us one day which was lovely ….We will never forget him or the kindest he gave to us.”

Back to the party scene, some bars may stay open until 2 am on the island but only one big party is allowed to last until 4 am, which is rotated so that there is only one such party on one particular night.
Currently the schedule is Blue Marlin rave party on Monday nights, Wednesday nights at ‘Shipwrecked Bar’ at the ‘Tir na Nog’ Irish bar with a mix of funky house music, Friday night parties at New Rudy’s Bar, and Reggae music on Thursday nights at Sama Sama bar. These bars are mostly within 5 – 10 minute walking distance from Ambary House.

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