Smokin’ a doob on your couch while watching TV? Not so glam. And kinda boring. Pulling on some of the world’s finest weed while lazing on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific? Now that’s high style. Or how about smoking up before you chow down on some of the world’s best munchies? Haute! We’re not encouraging you to break the law of anything, but if you do enjoy a good puff of the Mary J, then here are the most chic places on Earth you and your buds may attempt to do so.
1 – Palau
Jamaica? Meh. (Sorry Bob, but your island’s a little ‘phobic). And actually, Palau is where the weed’s really at! At least that’s according to the United Nations’ 2012 World Drugs Report which found the small nation comprised of over 100 tropical islands to have the most pot smokers per capita on planet Earth. That might have something to do with their weed, which is known to be the best in Micronesia and possibly all of the South Pacific. Anyway, Palau is gorgeous, tropical and has some of the best scuba diving in the world (Jacque Cousteau once called the Big Drop-Off, “the world’s best wall dive”). Plus its home to one of the only lakes where it’s possible to swim with non-stinging jelly fish. Trippy.
2 – Uruguay
Forget you Netherlands. How could you go and make it illegal for us to be a pot tourist in your beautiful country? No worries though, because gay friendly Uruguay is there to pick up the slack. Here, you’ll soon be able to purchase your bag of weed from the government. That’s because Uruguay’s President has decided to put the drug dealers out of business by taking the industry over himself (Take note Obama). Once you get your government weed, you can get stoned along any number of beaches (Punta del Diablo is where the pretty people usually go), wander the cobbled streets of 17th century Colonia del Sacramento, party it up with the hot dudes of Montevideo and even hop a boat over to Buenos Aires. And bonus, with civil unions for the gays and anti-discrimination laws, its a smokin’ honeymoon/destination wedding just waiting to happen. Werrrk!
3 – Italy
Because really, is there anything better than munching out in Italy? Or actually, in Italy’s best food city, Bologna? Doubt it. Stuff your face for dinner with the in-crowd at Drogheria della Rosa and then fill it even more at the city’s best gelato shop, La Sorbetteria Castiglione. Afterwards, hang in the Sanctuary of Madonna (di San Luca that is), while Madge plays on your headphones. But before any of the aforementioned stoner-y activities, make an Italian friend—Italy legalized the personal growth of pot plants back in 2011— and get them to give you some. Just make sure it’s not oregano, okay?
4 – Thailand
By now you’ve heard of a Full Moon Party, where all manner of westerners go to get totally fucked up and dance on the beach in Thailand. But also in this jungly-land, it’s possible to float down a river on an inner tube and eat pot food products or mushrooms. None of it is legal of course, and you really don’t want to get caught, but somehow, danger makes this backpacker paradise seem a little more glamorous. Another reason to smoke in Thailand? To explore your pothead heritage! Thai Stick was the first strain of premium bud to show up in the US back in the 60’s and 70’s.
5 – Laos
You won’t get any high-end accommodations in Vang Vieng, Laos, but you will most certainly get high. It’s possible to buy pot by the kilo (only $300!) and you can plop yourself down in a weed restaurant and order yourself up a “happy pancake” or even a “magic mushroom.” Then, you can play in the pretty water. The police here mostly just make sure the westerners find their crash pad okay, though sometimes they’ll give out a fine and take your passport. The cost? Around $600, or, in more meaningful terms, 2 kilos of weed. Bummer dude.
6 – India
Pass the Bhang, dude. No, like really. Bhang is the cannabis beverage Indian locals drink during the Hindu Spring festival of Holi (March 27, 2013). And actually, weed’s been part of India’s culture since the Atharva Veda counted it as one of their 5 sacred plants back in 2000 BC. Today, the Hindu (some of who believe Shiva created the plant from his own body) and Tantric Buddhists (who’ve controversially okayed weed as a medicine) still smoke the stuff when they get all spiritual. Also, the Taj Majal, Hin-dude.
7 – South Africa
You don’t really need to smoke dugger, aka South African weed (pronounced duh-kah), to get high in Cape Town. You can take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain, way above the clouds for that. Or you could book yourself a room in any one of their high-end hotels like The Blue Peter Hotel and trip out on Blue Mountain Beach, where the mountains look blue at sunset. Then again, Cape Town’s got some of the best smoke around so maybe you’d be missing out.
8 – Ibiza
Ganja might be the Ibizan word for aspirin. At least that’s how it goes down on this island of never ending festivities and happy little beaches.
9 – Peru
We’re not saying you need to hallucinate to enjoy the splendor of Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley or Cusco, but it sure is a lot cooler if ya’ do! And, you might also get a little culturally closer to the Inca (who build said wonders) as they commonly used San Pedro, aka South American Peyote (which is legal in Peru), in their spiritual rituals. Celebs and creative types have been coming here for years to experience it. For the less adventurous, the weed scene is abundant and police literally watch deals go down in front of their faces on some streets near the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. You just don’t want to smoke in the open. Peruvian prison’s not so chic.
Israel—Tel Aviv is the glam place to smoke in Israel, where medical pot is totally legal and the boys are hot…. but it didn’t make the list because they just started selling weed that won’t get you high. Buzz kill.