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Move, Play, Breathe and Smile… Life at the Xhale Yoga School in Pai, Thailand

27 June 2014

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Move, Play, Breathe and Smile… Life at the Xhale Yoga School in Pai, Thailand

There’s the old cliché that backpackers travel to ‘find themselves’. In South East Asia, particularly Thailand, many travelers like to experiment with yoga and meditation in an attempt to still their mind and discover what it is that they really want out of life. We meet local Thai native, Bhud, owner of the Xhale Yoga School, located in the beautiful Pai Valley to find out more about daily life on a meditation retreat...

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What’s going on in Thailand? Advice for Backpackers on the Thai Military Coup

31 May 2014

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What’s going on in Thailand? Advice for Backpackers on the Thai Military Coup

On May 22nd the Thai Army announced that they had taken over control of the country through a military coup. The two biggest questions that everyone has been asking since then are, “What does this really mean for my upcoming trip to Thailand? And is it true that 7-11s are actually closing?” Our Bangkok Ambassador, Chase Berenson gives us the lowdown on how life in Thailand has been affected by the political situation...

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Interview: Hitchhiking, Busking & Sleeping in Temples – What was Backpacking South East Asia like 50 Years Ago?

21 May 2014

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Interview: Hitchhiking, Busking & Sleeping in Temples – What was Backpacking South East Asia like 50 Years Ago?

In an era when love and peace perfumed the air and travellers hopped on hippie buses taking them from Europe overland to Asia, Londoner, Barrie Scott embarked upon what turned into a four year epic adventure (1967-71)! Hitch-hiking, busking, sleeping in a Thai temple with monks, building a boat with some travel buddies and sailing to islands that hadn’t seen foreigners since colonial times, his story sheds light on how the concept of backpacking has changed over the past 50 years. For the better? We ask Barrie what he thinks...

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Same Same But Salsa! From Backpacking South East Asia to South America…

13 May 2014

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Same Same But Salsa! From Backpacking South East Asia to South America…

Could you backpack forever? Already thinking about where to head next? Some of our team members are currently exploring South America (and starting a whole new backpacker magazine)! If you’re keen to keep on travelling, but can’t believe you’ll find a more beautiful beach or mountain range than you’ve already laid eyes on in South East Asia, don’t fret! We’ve put together a list of places in South America where you’ll feel right at home!

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A Crash Course in Thai Visa Runs: Extending Your Stay in the Land of Smiles

28 April 2014

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A Crash Course in Thai Visa Runs: Extending Your Stay in the Land of Smiles

"Help! My visa is about to run out and I'm not ready to leave Thailand!" Have no fear. Backpacker and travel writer, Camelia Gendreau, gives you the lowdown on how to quickly and correctly extend your visa and make sure you extend your days on the beach!

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Forget Muay Thai Boxing and Elephant Riding, Thailand is Crazy for… Football!

6 April 2014

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Forget Muay Thai Boxing and Elephant Riding, Thailand is Crazy for… Football!

Thailand is known throughout the world for its home-grown sports, most famously Muay Thai, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find sports that are more familiar to backpackers. We're talking about football, a sport that is hard not to love. Bangkok expat (and our ambassador) Chase Brenson tells us all about why taking in a game while in Thailand is a well worth it cultural experience!

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