• Which Thai Beach is Best for You?

    February 19, 2018

    Ko Samui, here we come! Or maybe Phuket? What about Krabi? Err… what’s the difference? Thailand’s beaches are famous for their fine white sand, aquamarine crystal clear waters and user-friendliness offered by the smiling locals. For these reasons, the popular destinations are becoming more developed bringing both pros and cons. One of the most common questions we field from guests about

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  • The Pursuit of Character

    January 4, 2018

    It’s hard to explain to people that you’re chasing something that’s hard to even define, but that’s how things happen at Smiling Albino. Character is a bold word with broad definitions, which is why it’s a bit strange that it’s come to define who we are, and what we chase. You see, character is a two-way street. In one lane

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  • Keeping Things Fresh in Chiang Mai

    December 26, 2017

    In a recent blog we wrote about how we keep our trips fresh and exciting when it’s oh-so-easy to just kind of let them get… old. Lived in. Worn out. We said: Once a trip/route/itinerary is set, it’s quite easy to just keep things rolling along, coasting off of the momentum built up in its creation. But there’s a problem

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  • Meet Legendary Pilot Nguyen Hong My

    December 13, 2017

    One of the things that Smiling Albino values highly is also something that’s hard to define: character. A location can have it in spades, as well as lack any trace of it. Character can also be maddeningly vague: Shakespeare wrote this character to be a real character. For more musings on the term, see our most recent newsletter… but you

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  • Bangkok’s Newest Living Museum – Lhong 1919 is a Trip Back to 1850s Siam

    November 9, 2017

    Bangkok is a fascinating place, but back in 1850 – when it was the capital of Siam, as Thailand was then known – it was even moreso. Despite being an exotic, far-flung city that was slowly opening up to the modern world, Bangkok was still fairly insular in its trade policies, with heavy taxes on any foreign goods. That is,

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