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Tantra, Karma & Reincarnation! Amazing Interview with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati at Agama Yoga, Koh Phangan

13 February 2013

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Tantra, Karma & Reincarnation! Amazing Interview with Swami Vivekananda Saraswati at Agama Yoga, Koh Phangan

The island of Koh Phangan in southern Thailand is notorious for the Full Moon Party and a hedonistic destination for young backpackers! However, there's so much more to the island than meets the eye. In recent years, it has become a hub for yoga and spirituality and draws thousands of 'soul-searching' travelers who are looking for more than just buckets and beaches. After the New Year's Eve celebrations died down this year, we made our way to Agama Yoga on the beautiful West coast of the island to meet one of the most interesting characters we've come across, the legendary Swami Vivekananda Saraswati. In a mind-blowing encounter we discuss yin and yang, the laws of karma, tantric sex, God and reincarnation!

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Party Hotspots: Koh Phangan – Don’t Miss Rhythm & Sands Festival, 24th January

19 January 2013

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Party Hotspots: Koh Phangan – Don’t Miss Rhythm & Sands Festival, 24th January

Spending the festive season on Koh Phangan was never going to be your average chill-out affair, but even for party-fiends like us, the mere thought of a massive three-stage rave-up on the January 2nd (yes, the second of January) seemed… well. A bit… much? Could we handle it? Well, just a tiny peek at the lineup of Rhythm and Sands gave us our answer pretty sharpish: Hell, yes – we could. And was it worth it? Travel writer, Karen Farini finds out...

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Review: Bangkok’s Cool Hangout Hostel, Lub d – more than just a bunk bed!

28 December 2012

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Review: Bangkok’s Cool Hangout Hostel, Lub d – more than just a bunk bed!

Every now and again, we’re asked to review a hostel in South East Asia, which makes us nervous. Running S.E.A Backpacker Magazine for over three years, we’ve crossed the threshold of countless hostels and dumped our backpacks on more beds than we can remember. There’s a lot of trying and testing been done – WIFI, breakfasts, staff and their local knowledge... After all this time, what can we say? To tell you the truth, we’ve become rather fussy buggers! So will Lub d Hostels in Silom and Siam, Bangkok pass the test?

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Don’t Miss! Culture ONE 2012: Bangkok’s International Outdoor Dance Music Festival

30 September 2012

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Culture One 2012 - Bangkok's Outdoor Dance Music Festival

Here at S.E.A Backpacker, we love to tell backpackers about events and festivals that you won't find in your Guide Book. Events that your average tourist can only dream about! Far away from the noodle stalls and tuk tuks, witness an ultra modern edge of Thai culture where the new generation of music lovers are expressing themselves. Forget your phrase book. All nationalities mingle here through the universal language of music and dance. With more than 30 artists in the line-up, blasting out everything from House to Trance, Electro to Dubstep, Indie Pop to Rock, this festival is not to be missed...

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Thinking of Training to Become a Yoga Teacher? 6 Tips on How to Choose a Yoga School by Wise Living Yoga Academy

16 September 2012

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Thinking of Training to Become a Yoga Teacher? 6 Tips on How to Choose a Yoga School by Wise Living Yoga Academy

Millions of people head towards Asia every year to have (besides the travelling experience) an encounter with Eastern philosophies and practices. We learn more about going back to Traditional Yoga and how to become a qualified instructor in Thailand...

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7 Unnecessary Worries that Stop You Going Backpacking & 1 Real Worry (We know cos we’ve had them all!)

2 August 2012

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7 Unnecessary Worries that Stop You Going Backpacking & 1 Real Worry (We know cos we’ve had them all!)

Secretly envying other people’s adventures? Living vicariously through travel blogs and Facebook updates of friends who have taken that big step and embarked upon a backpacking trip? What’s stopping you? We share the most common pre-travelling fears and explain why you need to get over them… and fast!

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Event of the Month: Not just the Full Moon! Rhythm & Sands Festival, Koh Phangan, Thailand

26 July 2012

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Event of the Month: Not just the Full Moon! Rhythm & Sands Festival, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Those awesome people who brought us Rhythm & Vines and Rhythm & Alps of New Zealand, now in their 10th year of mega success, have extended their arms into Thailand bringing with them the international dance scene and some of the planet's biggest acts! Set in a secluded yet accessible beach venue amidst the palms of Baan Tai, three days before the full moon party, Rhythm & Sands brings you the next level of the Thai Beach Party Experience…

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A Day in the Life of a Dive Instructor, Koh Tao v A Day in the Life of a Western Office Worker

25 July 2012

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A Day in the Life of a Dive Instructor, Koh Tao v A Day in the Life of a Western Office Worker

Waking up to bright blue skies, turquoise waters and a day of teaching wide-eyed backpackers to discover a whole new world... is this the job of dreams? So what is it really like getting paid to live in paradise? Here, we compare a regular day in the life of a Western office worker alongside a regular day in the life of Ludo, a dive instructor at Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand...

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Planning Your Trip: In Need of a Travel Butler? Let Round The World Experts Help You!

29 June 2012

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Planning Your Trip: In Need of a Travel Butler? Let Round The World Experts Help You!

For months you’ve been taking sneaky looks at travel websites while you were meant to be working and your recent social life has mainly consisted of cheap nights in with your mates. The next step is to get it booked! It’s all very exciting but, let’s face it, it's also a bit daunting...

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Join the Flash Mob! The Lofi Inn & The Rise of Budget, Boutique Hostels in S. E. Asia

21 June 2012

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Join the Flash Mob! The Lofi Inn & The Rise of Budget, Boutique Hostels in S. E. Asia

Swanky and elegant are not usually words synonymous with the backpacking world but ‘times they are a changing!’ Gone are the days of travellers-on-a-shoestring having to endure rat infested dorms and filthy beds as a new wave of hostels pops up all over South East Asia...

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