• 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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  • Fair Tourism

    November 1, 2017

    Reading a study from a large international organizations is a bit like reading a travel brochure – a cursory examination will give you a basic idea of what’s going on, but if you take time to dig into the details, you’ll find a world of nuance. Okay, that’s a pretty awful metaphor, but bear with us here. We just got

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  • To Go or Not to Go: Assessing Travel Advisories

    September 27, 2017

    Most trips can be summed up – very roughly – as follows: buy a ticket, pack your bags, land in The Place, and head off to explore. And usually it’s all well and good, as it should be. Unfortunately, the world went and got itself complicated, and there are some countries dealing with issues that don’t make themselves very amenable

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  • An Insider Look at our Da Nang Foodie Adventure

    September 11, 2017

    Fancy a journey through Vietnam that also includes an adventure of the taste buds?  We’ve designed a route through one of Central Vietnam’s largest cities that delves deeply into cultural and gastronomical experiences with a little bit of adrenaline sprinkled on top.  Our Da Nang food tour focuses on getting close to all things Vietnamese. This day is designed for

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