Travel Advice

  • A week in Trang: waterfalls, dugongs and sponge cake

    November 13, 2019

    Finding a strong cup of southern Thai Robusta coffee was our first priority after stepping off the train in Trang, an easily overlooked province abutting the Andaman Sea. Most travellers choose nearby Krabi or Phuket when visiting this region of Thailand, unaware that Trang delivers similarly staggering natural beauty. And it comes without the tourist crowds. Day 1: Bring your

  • Tourist vs Expat: Must Eat Dishes in Bangkok

    August 23, 2019

    Tourist: Pad Thai has to be one of Thailand’s most famous exports, and it’s no wonder once you take a look at the history – the dish was created in the late 1930s as part of then-Prime Minister Phibun’s project to modernize and westernize the nation, along with changing the country’s name from Siam to Thailand. Nevertheless, it is now

  • The Hosted Experience

    April 25, 2016

    There are travellers who choose to be hosted and those that don’t, but while travelling in Southeast Asia, there are unique factors that should be considered before making this decision. Firstly, there are several major attractions where hosts are mandatory and only hosts holding special licenses are allowed to enter. Another significant factor that often gets overlooked is that not all hosts are

  • Online Travel Research

    February 17, 2016

    Online Travel Research: What’s Good, What’s Bad, and What to Avoid When Smiling Albino first came to Southeast Asia, the Internet was in its infancy. There were rudimentary blogs and pages with photo albums, but nothing even remotely resembling the selection today’s travelers have. In 2016, we are spoiled for choice. Indeed, there is actually so much information out there

  • Naga Fireball Festival

    September 26, 2015

    The Naga Fireball phenomenon takes place every year around the full moon at the end of the Buddhist Lent in October on the Mekong River between Laos and Thailand. Are the fireballs produced by the Naga, a large mythical Serpent living in the river, or can science explain the rational behind them? It has yet to be determined.