The Thailand Early Arrival Privilege

Traveling to Thailand in 2021 and early 2022 is a once-in-fifty year experience. It is the tourism crowds of the 1960’s, with the prices of the 1990’s, and the modern luxuries of 2021. Like a sneak preview of pre-tourism Thailand, come now, before the world returns.

Albino Smiles – July 2015

thailand bangkok at night

Navigating the Obstacles of High-Season Travel   Last month I wrote about the rewards of low-season travel, how travelling when the weather is not at its best can be a memorable experience and even provide surprising benefits. But, what about those who chose to travel during the high-season*, when eastern weather perfectly matches western holiday […]

Albino Smiles – June 2015

kayaking laos

Off-season Travel Has its Rewards   One of the most commonly searched-for phrases by travellers is: “what’s the best time to visit ____?”  It is logical of course – very few people want to go to Canada in the dead of winter, or Japan during typhoon season. Thankfully, Southeast Asia is free of blizzards and […]

New Luxury – Albino Smiles Nov., 2014

Smiling Albino’s intuitive look into the changing travel industry this month focuses on New Luxury — from fashion, to travel, to education — transends customary luxury & consists of tailor-made, experiential, relational & narratable experiences