• Ten Books to Read Before You Visit Southeast Asia

    May 24, 2017

    Following on the heels of our post on what movies to watch before you come to Southeast Asia, this post is aimed at those who might prefer to get a lay for the land from the written page rather than the motion picture. Any region or country is the sum total of its history, and in this regard Southeast Asia

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  • The Dangers of Not Listening to Professionals

    May 3, 2017

    If you use Twitter or Instagram (or even if you don’t) you’ve likely heard of the Fyre Festival debacle, which recently blew up across social media. The basics are that a music festival was organized on a private island in the Bahamas, pitched as an ultra-exclusive (and very expensive) luxury event that would be packed with models, yachts, and famous

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  • What’s Up With Bangkok’s Street Food “Ban”?

    April 26, 2017

    Judging from the email inbox at Smiling Albino Intergalactic HQ here in Bangkok, we weren’t the only ones a bit shocked to read headlines saying that street food will be banned in the city that CNN recently said had the world’s best street food. But here’s the good news – street food in Bangkok will not be banned. Stricter regulations

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  • Ten Movies You Gotta See Before You Visit Southeast Asia

    April 19, 2017

    The Rocket There’s no better way to get a taste for a place before you visit than to experience it through the words and pictures of someone who has been there. From explosive action to twisted comedy to heart-breaking drama, Southeast Asia’s rich history and diverse cultures provide a perfect backdrop for stories of any genre of film. Before diving

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  • Chiang Mai Art Scene Blossoms

    April 3, 2017

    Chiang Mai is now considered the art capital of Thailand. Northern Thailand has always been a fertile ground for visual and fine artists, producing more than its fair share of National Artists over the years. But only recently has the art scene burst into full bloom with galleries and public exhibitions popping up throughout Chiang Mai City. in 1982, Chiang

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