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Bustling Bangkok: 4 attractions to add to your Bangkok bucket list



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Bangkok never really rates super high on people’s lists of must-see places to visit. You never hear someone say – ‘Oh, I really want to go to Bangkok, it’s just so beautiful/mysterious/steeped in history.’ No, the thing that’s beautiful is when you’re not mugged after going out all day in the markets, the thing that’s mysterious is how that ladyboy manages to stay upright in those heels, and the only thing that’s steeped in anything is you, in your own sweat. Did I mention that Bangkok is hot? It’s also bustling, busy, noisy, chaotic and at times, seems downright insolent. And yet, that is pretty much exactly what draws and repels so many people in seemingly equal numbers to this capital city.

No, it’s not going to be a very relaxing holiday in Bangkok. You want relaxing? Go to Ubud. Bangkok is a place for the new traveller to cut their teeth and for the seasoned traveller to unwind amid some chaos. If you approach Bangkok in the right way – with a healthy dose of respect – you’ll be rewarded. Bangkok locals are thoroughly friendly, and while most people you encounter as a tourist will be keen to earn a living, they will be more than happy for a chat over a drink and a talk about their people and their history.

Many of the connecting flights through Thailand stop in Bangkok, and you should make a point of extending a stop over or making a trip there to explore some of the delights. Why not? Bangkok is an out-and-out assault on the senses and you’re sure to leave with a head reeling with experiences. Not a bad thing. Consider the following recommendations by Travezl when planning your Bangkok adventure.

Visit the Grand Palace

Built in 1782, this palace was home to the Thai King for 150 years and was the administrative seat of the government. The Grand Palace still has visitors who stand in open-mouthed awe at the beauty of the architecture and the detail of the construction. There is a temple, Wat Phra Kaew which enshrines the Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot) which was meticulously carved from a single block of emerald in the 15th Century AD. Not a bad way to spend your day!

Take a traditional khlong tour

There are a bunch of overcrowded ferries which litter the shorefront in Bangkok. Avoid those. Head instead to the traditional styles of a Khlong boat ride. Get a real sense for how people used to live in Bangkok when it was all stilted shacks, old wooden houses and lean-tos. Classic.

Head to Chinatown and have a great meal

It’s like there is a Chinatown in pretty much every city in the world – and Bangkok is no different. You will find some of the city’s best foods here, whether you’re after some delicious Peking Duck or if your tastes run to the obscure, you’re sure to find it here.

Enjoy a sunset cocktail

Where once it was the norm to head to your hotel lounge and enjoy a tepid beer with the other tourists, Bangkok now has you covered for an array of delightful times. You can head to the rooftop of many spots in Bangkok and enjoy a first-class ticket to the sunsets – which are free, and the drinks – which are not. Explore the rooftops and enjoy the feeling of the traffic down below sinking away from earshot, as you relax into the comfort of a rooftop lounge. Aaah.

I hope I wasn’t too harsh before, about Bangkok, but you really must know what you’re getting yourself into when you travel here! It’s a glorious city, with many calm spots and oases, but on the surface it’s loud and brash. So long as you’re prepared for this, you’ll have a great time as you explore the city.



Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands



Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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