• Samet vs. Samui

    June 22, 2008

    by Daniel Fraser People often ask me to compare the attributes of various beach destinations. This can be an endless series of analogies and weighing of pros and cons, but after 8 years exploring various beach destinations I have a pretty firm grasp of what is available. Recently someone asked what the difference was between Ko Samed vs Ko Samui.

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Travel SE Asia During the Rainy Season

    June 5, 2008

    by Daniel Fraser As a Director of an adventure travel company in SE Asia, I’m regularly asked by westerners if visiting Thailand or Cambodia during the rainy season is worthwhile. A lot of travel media seems to indicate that the the only time to visit is during the relatively short, cool-dry season, when the region bubbles with tourism and beer

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  • Thai Food

    June 4, 2006

    by Scott Coates Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We need to eat to survive, so you might as well enjoy every bite to it’s fullest, especially when on vacation. Food is a major highlight on every Smiling Albino (SA) adventure. As much as Thais enjoy food, SA likes to think we relish our fueling-up sessions even more than

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  • Loi Krathong

    November 13, 2005

    by Scott Coates One of the neatest parts of living in a foreign country is learning about and partaking in local ceremonies and holidays. My first big Thai holiday, back in 1999 was Loi Krathong, the Kingdom’s second most important festival of the year after Songkran (Thai New Years, April) and I’ve eagerly anticipated it every year since. Loi Krathong

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  • Try Samet

    October 25, 2005

    by Scott Coates The best beach, the best island, the best ocean. That seems to be the eternal quest for most visitors to Thailand. Just as one venue is deemed ‘tranquil’, ‘unspoiled’ and ‘paradise’ by the guidebooks, it seems a short time later people are talking about the good old days before the droves arrived and spoilt the destination’s once

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