• Amphawa: Chatuchak on a canal – with a little style

    August 30, 2009

    Chatuchak on a canal – with a little more style Last Sunday, Nan (our UK-Thai intern-connoisseur-culture-guru-food-master) and I took a quick trip down to Amphawa in Samut Songkram province. The town of Amphawa has become a local darling amongst Thais as a nostalgic step back in time to the dreamy canal life of early 20th central Thailand. Apparently 60 years

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  • Staying at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

    June 15, 2009

    Staying at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok by Daniel Fraser I had a nice opportunity this week to spend a night enjoying my birthday at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. It is one of the world’s most celebrated hotels and we’ve sent guests there for many years as part of our tailor-made adventures in SE Asia. It was hard not to be

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  • Located!

    June 15, 2009

    by Scott Coates Trekking is one of the classic activities in Nepal, something I’ve been lucky enough to do six times since Smiling Albino launched adventures there in October 2006. Our guests enjoy fully-serviced trekking during their trip, which means we have a crew that carries the bags, tents, cooking supplies, cooks three hot meals per day, sets camp and

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  • Designing a Walking Trip

    June 8, 2009

    by Scott Coates Since moving to Asia in 1999 we have always designed our trips by hand, from the ground up. What exactly does that mean? We’re glad you asked! Rather than finding partner travel companies and ‘piggy-backing’ on their existing trips Smiling Albino founders Dan/Scott personally hit the road with our guides, friends and Team to plan each trip,

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  • Nepal Trek & Trail

    May 26, 2009

    by Scott Coates Since launching the Nepal Grand Slam in October 2006 we’ve been lucky enough to travel the country far and wide. I’ve personally fallen in love with Nepal and maintain that if you like the outdoors there’s simply no better country to visit. Steeped in history, bordered by the world’s two most populous countries (China & India), home

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