• Old Town Bangkok Renaissance

    March 27, 2018

    If you wander around Bangkok’s Wong Wian 22 neighborhood during the day, you can buy engine degreaser, coffins, industrial-strength rope, Chinese herbal medicine, and bulk paper, among many other things. But after the sun sets and the shops close, the neighborhood becomes one of the city’s top destinations for discerning fans of cocktails, music, art, and idiosyncratic everything, all centered

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  • 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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