• Animal Tourism

    July 13, 2017

    Coming back from a trip to Asia with pictures of yourself and an animal or two is almost a rite of passage. Be it riding on an elephant, feeding a baby tiger a bottle of milk, or grinning as an orangutan climbs on your shoulders, it’s hard to look at these pictures and see anything but some innocent fun. But

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  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go in Bangkok …

    July 3, 2017

    …if you have the right transport, that is. In many western cities, most of the popular attractions are on well-established routes. Roads, trails, and pathways lead off of well-marked parking lots toward places that are on maps – either digital, or the ones given out at tourist stalls. But in Asia – and Bangkok in particular – well-marked anything is

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  • The Cost – and Benefits – of Third-world Tourism

    June 19, 2017

    Holidays can mean many things to many people. For some it’s lazing the day away in a hammock strung between two coconut trees. For others it’s fighting altitude sickness as they summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. Some prefer to spend their time volunteering in an orphanage, while still others prefer being an anonymous face in a large group, following the flag of

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  • Meet Our Expert Hosts

    June 9, 2017

    Joe Cummings talking about Bangkok’s history along the Chaopraya river. Welcoming guests from all over the world is the complete opposite of a one-man show. We’ve blogged before about how much work goes on behind the scenes when we get a booking, and visitors to the Smiling Albino website can meet our office staff, adventure hosts, and advisors at the

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  • Ten Blogs to Dive Into Before you Visit Southeast Asia

    June 2, 2017

    In an ongoing series of posts that highlight great sources of information on Southeast Asia, we covered some of the movies you should watch and books you should read before your big trip. Now it’s time to really dive deep – which websites and blogs should you check out? Unlike books or movies, anyone can create a website – and millions

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