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Where the Asian super rich buy their weekend retreats. Five hotspots from India to the Philippines

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 12:30pm Some of Asia’s favourite weekend retreats are gearing up for the best weather of the year. Summer monsoons are giving way to drier and cooler temperatures across Southeast Asia and India, while autumns in Japan are a leaf peeper’s dream. The region’s excellent rail and air networks (and growing fleet of private jets) allow wealthy weekenders to congregate in second homes that are only a couple of hours…

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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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Japan wants to be a 24-hour destination, doesn’t like dancing

The Land of the Rising Sun has some aggressive tourist targets to achieve – 40 million people by 2020, to be exact, or an increase of about 40 per cent. One way it hopes to meet these goals is by turning into a destination that never sleeps and upping its night-time offerings to encourage around-the-clock spending from foreigners. An article published by the Japan Times newspaper on March 27 stated that municipalities across the country…

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Africa’s Most Beautiful Beaches

November 18, 2016 The sun is warm on your face. As you stand up, a slight breeze moves the air around you. The baked white sand heats the bottom of your feet as they carry you towards the ocean. Water laps softly over your toes, and, as you wade deeper, the transparent sea surrounds you in its cool but refreshing embrace. You stroll back to your deck chair, book, and G&T… the stresses of life…

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Viet Nam to become the foreground destination of travel to the GMS

August 7, 2018 Organized by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, VINEXAD Trade Fair & Advertising JSC, and Informa Exhibitions in Singapore, ITE HCMC is the only travel event endorsed by the Tourism Alliance of five countries in the Mekong Sub-region (GMS). Furthermore, the annual International Travel Exposition 2018 in Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC 2018) is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia; the Ministry of Information, Culture and…

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