• Best Season to Visit Southeast Asia?

    October 2, 2018

    When you’re off gallivanting around sipping G&Ts in a hammock on a beach (also known as doing research), it’s easy to lose track of – among other things such as time – the importance of actual networking. So, off Smiling Albino went to the fantastic PURE Life Experiences travel conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where we got caught up on catching

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  • Redefining Hospitality

    September 10, 2018

    When one thinks of five-star hospitality, it often brings up images of decadent luxury, pillow menus, personal waiters, and perks that you simply don’t get in day-to-day life. Lobsters and peeled grapes, chauffeured cars and business class seats… sure, all of these things will make one feel like a king or queen, but we believe that hospitality is a very

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  • Trang’s Dugongs and Nipa Palms

    August 22, 2018

    When you read the stats on how tourism is contributing to environmental degradation, it can be a bit of a bummer, especially when the area you live in – in our case, Southeast Asia – is seeing tourism numbers continue to trend upward. However, a sure cure to this is actually getting out there and seeing all the good work

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  • Online Shopping Approach to Finding New Travel Destinations?

    July 26, 2018

    Si Satchanalai Okay, the title of this blog post is a bit on the nose, but bear with us for a bit to discover some new and alternative travel destinations. We’re not sure about you, but we do a fair amount of shopping online. You can get most things here in Asia, but there are certain things that just are

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  • Chiang Rai in Tourism Spotlight

    July 19, 2018

    Unless you’ve been living in, well, a cave, you’ve probably read the recent story about a group of teenage boys who went exploring in a cave in northern Thailand and got trapped by rising floodwaters. Despite the treacherous conditions and tragic death of one of the rescuers, the boys got out alive after 16 days with the help of some

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