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Allegations against ‘sex cult’ yoga retreat in Thailand expose darker side of wellness tourism Swami

Vivekananda Saraswati – real name Narcis Tarcau – has fled the country amid reports of abuse endured by former students and staff members at the world’s biggest tantric yoga school, Agama Yoga, on the island of Koh Phangan By MH 12 Sep 2018 Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, whose real name is Narcis Tarcau, has been accused of sexual assault by former staff members and students of Agama Yoga in Thailand. In April, the wellness industry found…

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A 7-Eleven in Suphan Buri. Credit: Grendelkhan/Wikimedia Commons

That’s right, banking is coming to 7-Eleven next month

Seh-wen, is there anything you can’t do? After months of rumors, it’s now official: banking is coming to 7-Eleven.  As reported by Khaosod English, Government Savings Bank will be the first to offer basic banking transactions at 13,000 Seh-wen nationwide, starting from Oct 31. Under the pilot banking program, Government Savings Bank customers will be able to deposit and withdraw funds at 7-Eleven’s counter service, with a charge of B15 per transaction. There’s no minimum transaction, with deposits of up to B30,000…

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Phuket: Entertainment Hub For Everyone?

  Is Phuket ready to become the new entertainment capital? The island certainly offers many entertainment choices, but most of these are activities that take place at night and are therefore far from ideal for the increasing numbers of families who flock to Phuket. However, it is precisely this gap in the market which has given rise to Blue Tree. Blue Tree is a family entertainment complex expected to launch in the first quarter of…

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Why there’s never been a hotter time to visit Koh Samui

EAT Credit: vikasayoga. com/the-place/life-cafe Vikasa Life Cafe Two European raw food chefs—one from Berlin, the other Paris—move to Samui and shack up in business with Kosta Miachin, the lean yogi master behind Vikasa yoga hotel. Boris Lauser and Cyril Schiv’s health food cafe goes way beyond just raw and vegan dishes, even giving the nod to salmon and tuna at times, though the backbone of the menu remains local island produce with plenty of tropical fruits…

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Thailand ranked No1. by Bloomberg

Thailand ranked No1. by Bloomberg The Land of Smiles was named the least miserable country out of 66 economies ranked by the Bloomberg Misery Index, which assumes that low inflation and low unemployment translates into satisfaction among the populace, finishing in first place for the fourth straight year and just edging out its regional rivals. “The Bloomberg Misery Index relies on the age-old concept that low inflation and unemployment generally illustrate how good an economy’s…

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