This ‘death cafe’ in Bangkok lets you lie in a coffin to get discounts on drinks

Dying for a cup of coffee? You will feel at home at Bangkok’s new “death awareness” cafe, a macabre, Buddhist spin on the themed-cafe craze where customers are urged to confront their own mortality — and live better lives as a result. With drinks called “death” and “painful” on the menu, and a skeleton splayed out on a couch in the corner, the meet-your-maker theme is alive and well at this open-air lunch spot in the Thai capital. But the centrepiece of the Kid Mai (Think New) Death Cafe experience…

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Head to these bustling and vibrant night markets on your next Asian vacay

From vibrant cultures and traditions to mouth-watering food to tales of ultimate travel experiences, Asia has a lot to offer tourists. Another thing that it’s famous for is the treasure trove of goods that you can find in the plethora of markets spread across the continent. Night markets have long been a prominent part of Asian society that bring the travellers close to the local culture as the vibrancy and dynamism they offer is absolutely jaw-dropping. The lively hustle and bustle of the crowd, the chants of the sellers, the…

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Love adventure sports? Follow these tips to stay safe when you give in to fun

Adventure sports are unique in their adrenaline-inducing capabilities, owing to the thrill and ‘risque’ factor involved. However, a sports lover must venture into such extreme activities after being educated into the art of taking a ‘calculated risk, say experts. Niharika Nigam, business development director at Jumpin Heights, lists some precautionary measures that need to be kept in mind: * Research on your destination and associated safety measures: The success and failure of this industry comes down to one primary aspect and that is safety. One should do some primary research…

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5 cool summer vacation spots, start booking now to beat June rush

The months of May, June and July are a period of scorching heat and humidity in most parts of India. But these are also the time when Indians go on their summer holidays with friends and family. While most prefer to go to hilly destination to escape the harsh sunlight, some prefer to let their hair down by the beach. Whether one is looking for a vacation by the shore or in a valley deep in the mountains, here are some Indian and international options to explore: Bali boasts of…

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Israel on your mind? This is the only food guide you’ll ever need to plan your travel

It’s Thursday night and Tel Aviv is hopping. Diners are lining up outside of Port Said restaurant; the sidewalk is filled with drinkers. It’s a similar story nearby at Santa Katarina. If you haven’t booked a table, good luck. Across town at the Salon, it’s even more lively. The dining room is jammed and the terrace is packed with people smoking, chatting on their phones or waiting for a table. Many are doing all three. Despite the specter of confrontation as Iran entrenches itself near Israel’s border with Syria, Israelis…

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Ford Freestyle launch delayed; 5 main changes compared to the Figo

Ford India will launch the Freestyle hatchback-based crossover not on the 18th of April but on the 26th of April, 2018. This information comes straight from a Ford dealer. The Ford Freestyle is based on the Figo hatchback but gets a range of changes that will make it costlier than the Figo. We expect the Freestyle to be priced about Rs. 50,000 higher than the Figo. Here are five major changes on the Freestyle compared to the Figo. 1. Added safety. The Freestyle will get airbags and ABS as standard…

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Planning to visit Japan? Don’t miss the hot spring resorts in Beppu

The city of Beppu in western Japan is famed for its hot springs, with hotels and resorts competing to attract tourists to an area renowned for sights like the “Hells of Beppu,” a series of colored and super-hot natural pools. As the numbers of Japanese visiting the resorts plateaus, local and international hotel chains are expanding to target the boom in foreign tourists. Tourist numbers dipped in 2016 after an earthquake in nearby Kumamoto, but recovered to a record in 2017. South Koreans have driven the 130 percent increase in…

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LG G7 ThinQ to Sport Dual Cameras, Selfie Portrait Mode, Hide Notch Feature: Report

HIGHLIGHTS LG G7 ThinQ will let users hide the ‘notch’ AI to be at the core of LG G7 ThinQ The phone will come with superpixel feature for low-light images LG G7 ThinQ, the company’s next flagship smartphone, is slated for launch next month. The South Korean giant has already confirmed the naming and May 2 launch date for the handset. While most of the specifications of the smartphone have already leaked, new reports have revealed more details regarding the LG G7 ThinQ. The smartphone is expected to sport an iPhone-like notch and a…

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How to Make a Travel Break Sound Like Work Experience

Send your workplace conundrums to [email protected], including your name and contact information (even if you want it withheld). The Workologist is a guy with well-intentioned opinions, not a professional career adviser. Letters may be edited. I’m a mid-50s guy who was recently laid off from an executive job at a struggling company. It was a job I had planned to leave — in fact, I got my notice about two weeks before I was going to quit! My plan was to travel around the world for several months before looking…

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4 Quick Tips: How to Win the Travel Photo Contest

2017 GRAND PRIZE WINNERA powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. I was in the town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting. Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. You are the next National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Sound big? It is. Every year, thousands of talented photographers…

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