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Extreme bachelor parties become battles for survival

By Christopher Ross

Published May 31, 2018

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On a hot April day on the coast of one of Thailand's main islands, 15 young men hopped into long wooden boats piloted by local fishermen.

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Their destination? A deserted island.

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Each man could bring three items for survival, though they could not include sleeping bags, modern fire-making tools, phones,or food save a strict allotment of 200 grams of rice per person per day.

This is not a description of a new TV show concept or sociological experiment. It's a bachelor party organized by an adventurous group of friends and a groom.

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Bachelor parties with a survivalist bent have become increasingly popular. They double as an education in self-reliance.

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Here's how the world of bachelor parties got extreme.

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Campfire bonding magic

Not "Lord of the Flies," but a bachelor weekend.

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Collective suffering

Creating fire. Way more satisfying than watching a striptease.

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Sneaky beer run

While it's great to rough it, it's also fun to discover a resort not too far from where your group is camping.

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It’s a one-of-a-kind experience, people who’ve attended similar events say. In other words, exactly what you'd want a bachelor party to be.

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