A last hurrah of sorts, Dadchelor Parties have been increasing in popularity in recent years. A way for a first-time father-to-be to celebrate with friends before he transitions into parenthood.
To the uninitiated, think of them as a bachelor party, but without the mindless debauchery. A fun experience with his buddies, but in a location where the expectant father can make a quick dash home should his partner suddenly go into labor. If you’re planning one, here are five cities, with direct flights from Singapore or Hong Kong, worth putting on a short list.
Vespa tours are old news in Ho Chi Minh. Much more interesting is the Sidecar Adventure Vietnam. The passengers will sit in a sidecar attached to a Russian Ural motorcycle and tour around the less touristy parts of the city. After a ride you need some grub, SH Garden is set on the rooftop of a colonial building where home-style dishes are served celebrating the tastes of the north, middle and South Vietnam. A quick dirty gin martini at the speakeasy-style cocktail bar The Gin House. Now it's time for a rest in the all-suite Fusion Suites Saigon, conveniently located just a short walk from Ben Thanh Market in District 1.
Fusion Suites Saigon, 3-5 Sương Nguyệt Ánh, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, +84 28 3925 7257, Website
SH Garden, 98 Nguyễn Huệ, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, +84 28 6680 0188, Website
The Gin House 28/3A Đường Tôn Thất Tùng, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, +84 91 951 3264, Facebook Page
SideCar Adventure Vietnam,Hoang Anh Gia Lai 3 (HAGL3), Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Phuoc Kieng Ward, Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, +84 011 322 4456, Website
Stay at the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit situated in the middle of the city’s most happening shopping, hotel, and nightlife neighborhood. You can eat at Nahm where you can expect refined versions of Thai street food, masterminded by Australian chef David Thompson. Then head over to Sky Bar, at Lebua at State Tower, sitting more than 800 feet in the air, you might recognize the location from the film Hangover Part II. The next day, go on an adventure and try to find, the Artist’s House in the area called Baan Silapan, on a canal just off the Chao Phraya river. There you will encounter a daily puppet performances recounting Thai historical tales.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, 189 Sukhumvit Road Soi 13-15 Klongtoey Nua, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand, +66 126 9999, Website
Nahm, 27 South Sathorn Road Tungmahamek Sathorn Bangkok 10120 Thailand, +66 2625 3388, Website
Sky Bar, Lebua at State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand +66 2 624 9555, Website
Artists House, 315 Wat Tong Sala Ngam Alley, Soi Phet Kasem Rd, Pa Si Charoen, 28 Phet Kasem, Khwaeng Nong Khaem, Khet Nong Khaem, Bangkok 10160, Thailand, +66 2 868 5279,
In the heart of Chinatown stands a bright, open-planned Lantern Hotel, which has white-on-white color schemes, and some even have glass-enclosed balconies. A glorious place to stay. You can also check out the newly opened W Kuala Lumpur. Hungry? Every night, the road on Jalan Alor is taken over by tables and chairs as street hawkers cook up sizzling bites. It is a rite of passage for all visitors to the Malaysian capital. For a unique bar stop, go to Heli Lounge Bar, a former helicopter landing pad. It a has an aeronautic theme and stunning views of the Petronas Towers. The next day, make sure to check out the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah.
Lantern Hotel, 38, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2020 1648, Website
Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Heli Lounge Bar, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +60 3 2110 5034, Facebook Page
Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang, 28500, Lanchang, Pahang, Malaysia, +60 13 908 8207, Website
Stay in one of the plushest areas of Metro Manila, the two-year-old Shangri-La at the Fort has spacious digs, cool restaurants including a New York-style steakhouse, and a humongous gym. Prefer not to eat in the hotel, Toyo Eatery is the über-hip restaurant where they serve modern interpretations of Filipino food. Get your nightcap at Bank Bar, which has comfortable seats, a bar backed with giant mirrors, and a smoking area housed inside a beautiful greenhouse and to get in, go through the hidden entrance inside a 7-11. For an exciting outing, go on a Bambike Eco Tour, riding around the city, including the historic walled city Intramuros on bicycles made from bamboo!
Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street Corner, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Manila Phillippines, +63 2 820 0888, Website
Toyo Eatery, 316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati, 1231 Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 917 720 8630, Facebook Page
Bank Bar, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, +63 2 801 4862, Website
Looking for a bigger room, the stylish Hotel Quote has rooms with wood-paneled walls and a cool kitchen area, called HQ Lounge, with snacks and drinks open round the clock. Perfect for cooking your own breakfast! For a unique outing, hike Mount Keelung. It is next to the town of Jiufen, about 35 kilometers from Taipei, is a rewarding day-trip from Taiwan’s capital. For a memorable meal, stop by Modern Toilet, a lavatory themed restaurant that is sure to make for a good story. Barcode will have you sorted when in need of a cool cocktail joint. With its marble floors, a brick-walled bar, and leather sofas, perfect for sinking into.
Hotel Quote, 333, Sec. 3, Nanjing E. Road, Songshan Dist., Taipei 105, Taiwan, +886 2 2175 5599, Website
Modern Toilet, 2F, No 7, Ln 50, Xining S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan, +886 2 23118822, Website
Mount Keelung, Qiche Rd. Ruifang Dist., New Taipei, +886 2 24972250, Website