• 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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  • 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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