Online Media Room
Welcome to the Smiling Albino (SA) Media Room. This is our main resource area for reporters, journalists, editors, podcasters, bloggers, website publishers and other media industry professionals. Here you'll find everything you need about SA, including biographies of the founders, past media stories, press releases, print-quality photos and other neat bits and pieces. Dive in and use the sections listed on the right.
About Smiling Albino
Smiling Albino is a team of travel enthusiasts offering custom built experiences in Asia since 1999. Our Asia tours are the result of continuous travel, innovation and refinement. Trips combine multiple activities, charming venues, the finest regional cuisine and passionate hosts. You'll hit the highlight stops, but the real magic is in the hidden corners, insider sights and unique local characters. The signature of our experiences relies on the intimate relationships we've built with a huge network of people throughout the region. We don't just connect the dots, we create them and deliver unforgettable travel experiences.
We're also deeply involved with Community Projects in the regions we travel. From teaching English in remote corners, to mentoring orphans, providing scholarships for disadvantaged students, building schools in rural Nepal and getting sick kids in Cambodia to the hospital, we're passionate about leaving areas better then we found them.
What’s with the Name?
The name Smiling Albino reflects both the origin and history of our company. Smiling Albino was born in Thailand, a country often referred to as the Land of Smiles after its endearingly friendly and hospitable population. Additionally, the name reflects something unique about Thailand's pageantry: white albino elephants have been given as gifts to Kings of Siam for centuries and have come to represent the sacred power, grandeur and glory of the Kingdom.
We have since grown to host adventures in many countries and our name still reflects the reverence that people in the region accord white elephants. The SA logo, featuring an auspicious, happy, white elephant set within a saffron-coloured crest was designed to establish a sense of fun and intrigue — core components of a Smiling Albino adventure.
The inscription — est. 2543 — on the crest indicates the year in the Buddhist calendar when the Smiling Albino concept was founded.