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Since 1999 we’ve hosted a multitude of fabulous guests from all over the world. They’ve ranged in age from six months to 82-years, have consisted of honeymooning couples, extended families and single travelers.

We are travel. It’s what we do. We live here. We find the treasures and build your trip around them. Our adventures are the result of continuous exploration, innovation and refinement. Your guarantee is that we are our toughest critics, and we’ll work with you to create unforgettable and unduplicable experiences.

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We spent 2 weeks in Thailand at the beginning of February and had an amazing time thanks to Smiling Albino who executed flawlessly on every aspect of the trip. Prim was fantastic to work with both before and during our trip to customize every aspect from where we wanted to go to what we wanted to do to the food we wanted to eat. The attentiveness of the company and all guides to every little detail is fantastic – bikes, kayaks, boats, tuk-tuks, and luxury cars appeared and disappeared at the right times and places as if by magic, and there was always a cool towel, cold fresh water, and healthy snacks available where-ever we turned. Our days were packed with activities from dawn until dusk but I’ve never felt so relaxed, as I didn’t have to concern myself with anything! Fantastic experience.
malcolm c.
thailand
Smiling Albino crafted and implemented a trip of a lifetime for me and my two kids (ages 15 and 13). Kae was amazing at providing guidance when planning. Mont is a phenomenal guide and Song was an outstanding driver. Our two days in Chiang Rai and 3 days in Chiang Mai included: hiking in Doi Mae Salong followed by delicious tea tasting, visiting the Golden Triangle, hillside monastery for a monk’s blessing, quick visit to Myanmar and the opium museum, cooking lunch with the Lahu villagers at a hillside village, hiking, swimming in the waterfall and bamboo rafting in Mae Wang National Park, a 30km bike ride through Chiang Mai’s countryside and visit to the Elephant Home. This trip exceeded all my hopes and expectations and I can’t wait to travel with Smiling Albino again.
Marina L.
thailand
Meaneuviering through and exploring Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai would not have been possible without Smiling Albino. For the most part, the trip was as planned but, as a small group, we could spontaneous adjust. Also, insider (i.e. local) knowledge saved time and enriched the experience. Overall, a service oriented professionally run operation that communicates early and often with its clients. Would heartily recommend.
foreign mahout
thailand
Smiling Albino was great from when I first contacted them to after our tour. Phu helped to arrange a great tour for my family. He was great with communication. Kie was our tour guide and oh my goodness she was amazing! She was passionate about cooking and food so it made it that much more better doing a market tour with a real foodie! She had a wealth of information. I would highly recommend smiling albino to anyone that is considering doing a tour in Thailand, especially a floating market tour!
Marinna M.
thailand
Our guide Pete tailored our time in Bangkok to our interests, allowing us to cover a lot of ground in our short 3 days! We were greeted in our hotel room with a personalized guide book from Smiling Albino that included a variety of recommendations around the city. We traveled by foot, BTS, tuk-tuk, city boat, long tail boat, and taxi to incredible pagodas, the flower market, the Grand Palace, and through canals. Pete knew a ton of history at each landmark, as well as the best restaurants and sights that weren’t overrun by tourists so that we could get the best local experience! Would definitely use Smiling Albino when traveling back to SE Asia.
Bridget P.
thailand
I live in Bangkok and this is the third time I have travelled with the amazing team from The Smiling Albino. This time they arranged a week up North biking, hiking, motor scootering and boating around both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It was faultless from the guides, drivers, food and itinerary. There are loads of tour companies however I don't know any others so customized, so service focused and above all so authentic. You don't just visit somewhere - you experience it. I can't wait to travel with them again. Thanks guys!
foreign mahout
thailand

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