• SA Motorcycle Diaries: Isaan Survey – May 15–19, 2009

    May 22, 2009

    by Daniel Fraser I escaped from the office for several days on a whirlwind exploration of Isaan – and a few country bars – to survey routes and find hidden gems for a November motorcycle journey. Stepping out into a new region like this requires first-hand exploration by SA trip planners. We eat the food, find the back roads, sleep

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  • Riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Thailand

    October 9, 2008

    Today was a real treat. Smiling Albino partner and Siam Wheels founder, Derek van Pelt treated Scott & Dan to a day riding three of his gorgeous Harley Davidsons. We met at Derek’s house in eastern Bangkok about 09:30, learned about the bikes then headed out for a planned ride to Khao Yai National Park, one of the kingdom’s largest.

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  • Small Group Travel

    August 10, 2008

    Since Day 1, Smiling Albino has always specialized in truly ‘small group’ travel. Our maximum group-size is eight persons and we have an average group-size of six. Our trips can even start with a minimum of two persons. We also run private, custom trips with larger numbers when requested – say a large family that wants to travel together, but

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  • Thai Puppet Theatre

    August 2, 2008

    by Daniel Fraser Question: Are attractions which are designed for tourist consumption necessary evil? Often they can be, and when it comes to tourist attractions in Asia they usually are. Think monkey dancing shows and elephants playing harmonica. However, it certainly isn’t fair to lump all tourist attractions and cultural performances as cliché and lacking in higher value merely because

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  • Deet & Mosquitos

    July 17, 2008

    by Daniel Fraser While running an adventure travel company we are regularly asked by upcoming visitors about what health precautions they should take. Within this area of question, mosquitoes invariably come up with almost all visitors. Malaria in SE Asia has been well publicized and this is no doubt one of the main health concerns of visitors coming to travel

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