Naypyidaw: Capital City Built from the Ground Up

Naypyidaw: Capital City Built from the Ground Up Myanmar is a land that’s been essentially cut off from the world for the better part of five decades. Over the past few years, much has been written about its first official steps into the 21st century as the military slowly (sloooowly) loosens control on media, politics, […]

How to spend 48 Hours in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s ‘Northern Capital’ Chiang Mai is a brilliant place and has a well-earned status as a tourist hub, offering visitors the chance to connect with ancient traditions, view amazing ruins, explore pristine rainforests, and get a truly unique, up-close cultural experience like few other places can offer. But not everyone has the luxury of a […]

What are surprises for? Albino Smiles, June 2014

What are surprises for? The unexpected is a part of life, and sometimes, when it is sudden and provokes an emotional response, we call it surprise. We’ve all experienced surprise and know that it can be neutral, pleasant, or unpleasant. Smiling Albino of course likes to focus on the best kinds of surprises, and operating […]

Culture vs Adventure: The Difference Between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai

Culture vs Adventure: The Difference Between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai The one thing that makes northern Thailand such a great destination for such a wide variety of travelers is that it offers a perfect mix of ancient culture and awesome outdoor adventure. There are lots of amazing destinations in this region to check out, […]

Planet Asia Podcast: What makes a great boutique hotel?

Hotels are an integral part of a trip. Finding one that suits your budget and style can really make or break a holiday. In a day and age when the word ’boutique’ has been over and misused, what really makes a boutique hotel great? On this episode of Planet Asia Podcast we chat with David […]