• 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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  • Mountain Ride

    October 20, 2005

    by Scott Coates Long had I been dreaming of a ride down the mountain range that is home to one of Thailand’s most spectacular views, Phu Chee Fah. Located 1380m above sea level, this sharp peak hangs over the Thai-Laos border in southeastern Chiang Rai province, providing stunning views of Laotian valleys. Early morning visitors in the cool season (Nov-March)

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  • The Hunt for the Gulf

    September 2, 2005

    by Todd Kuipers On January 9, 2546, Todd and Scott headed out bright and early after a harried night sleep to find a passage to the Gulf of Thailand. The sun was bright and spirits were high as we hit the pavement and got under way. The night before didn’t afford us much sleep as we anticipated the effort and

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