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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.

Founded in 1999 by Canadians, Scott Coates and Daniel Fraser, we’ve gradually grown from our original base in Thailand to offer tours in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Nepal, bringing a unique travel experience to thousands of guests.

About Smiling Albino

Innovative Travel

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In September 1999 Daniel Fraser and Scott Coates left the comfortable confines of the marketing and media worlds in Canada to pursue a fantastic dream: to start an innovative travel company based on the ideals of fun and personal growth. Today, Smiling Albino (SA) is a premier choice for authentic, safe and enriching personalized adventures in Asia.

In 2013 Scott Coates left full-time operations at Smiling Albino and the team is headed full-time in Bangkok by Daniel Fraser and a team of Cultural Travel Enthusiasts who are passionate about what they do. Our nifty travel outfit has always stayed close to its roots: keeping travel fun, intimate and creative. With customized programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal and Myanmar, we only choose to grow in directions where we believe we can add value.

Daniel Fraser — Co-founder and Director

Daniel first came to Thailand in 1995 to teach English, but not like most foreigners do. He was invited by the very revered Thai Royal Family to teach at Chitralada Palace under the direction of HRH Princess Sirindhorn as part of a university program. From the moment he touched down in the Land of Smiles he was in love. He went on to spend the next 16 months building contacts, learning all he could about the kingdom, its people and was hooked.

After graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Commerce, he formally returned to Thailand and established Smiling Albino in 2000, leading the company as Director to this day – but it’s far from his only passion.

When not designing the next big adventure, usually atop a Harley Davidson, Daniel can be found dabbling in a myriad of other areas. During his tenure in the region he’s been a successful model, gracing the pages of magazines, featured in many television commercials and in 2004 co-starred in Thailand’s first all digital film The Garuda. His lines were in Thai and his performance received favorable reviews. A promotional television presenter for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, he’s regularly called upon to host programs about traveling the country, liaise as translator for visiting government officials and consult on tourism-related projects. He often serves as emcee at regional events and is a facilitator for a leading management training company.

Recently Daniel has jumped into television, as the host of a popular national TV show in Thailand called Long Krung (หลงกรุง), a Thai-language series investigating unique sides of Thailand and its culture through the eyes of a resident Canadian.

There are simply not enough hours in the day for Daniel and he regularly trades hours sleeping for working in the office, blazing new trails and attending industry events. His personality and enthusiasm for life and Asia are infectious. An hour with him and you’re sure to be hooked.

About Smiling Albino

  • June 22, 2017, Southeast Asia Travel Company Banks on Bitcoin PDF — 129KB
  • August, 2015, Smiling Albino’s Daniel Fraser offers new tours and market insights on North America visit. PDF — 1.1MB
  • Feb 17, 2012, Planet Asia Travel Channel offers expert travel advice, interviews, and insight PDF — 162KB
  • May 24, 2011, Thai PBS Series Brings Fresh Perspective to Bangkok Travel PDF — 28KB
  • July 2, 2010, Tourism Authority of Thailand selects Smiling Albino to host media during their Smile @ Ratchaprason event PDF — 26KB
  • October 6, 2009, Smiling Albino (SA) celebrates 10 years of growth and success in SE Asia PDF — 23KB
  • August 14, 2008, Smiling Albino expands with three innovative trips in three countries PDF — 27KB
  • February 25, 2008, Smiling Albino (SA) celebrates eight years of growth and success in Asia PDF — 13KB

SA Adventures

  • January 10, 2011, Smiling Albino (SA) continues to blaze exciting new trails in Asia PDF — 30KB
  • October 4, 2010, Road to Angkor athletic adventure takes travellers to Angkor Wat Half Marathon PDF — 27KB
  • July 30, 2010, Smiling Albino (SA) unveils a series of innovative new adventures in Asia PDF — 25KB
  • July 30, 2010, Smiling Albino (SA) unveils a suite of world-class motorcycle adventures PDF — 28KB
  • July 30, 2010, Jazzmandu — Smiling Albino launches new adventure at Himalayan music festival PDF — 28KB
  • January 2, 2010, Smiling Albino (SA): Bangkok 1910 takes visitors into Thailand’s majestic past PDF — 60KB

Smiling Albino (SA) co-founder Daniel Fraser is a regular public speaker at industry events, media gatherings and festivals within and outside of the travel industry. He has presented to school groups, university classes, government bodies, NGOs, numerous international clubs/associations and been called upon to emcee many professional events. Please visit for a list of recent topics he has delivered:

  • Travel & Triumph: creating a world-class travel company in a challenging international environment
  • Rising to the Challenge: cycling to Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet
  • Bettering Communities: finding opportunities in the communities we travel, raising funds, developing/managing new community programs
  • Niche Tourism: finding new opportunities in a cluttered travel community
  • Adding Value: raising the value of your product with little to no money
  • Confessions of a Travelholic: the weird, wacky & wild of living and working in SE Asia – 1999 — 2010
  • Crossing Cultures: working in Asia and finding balance/understanding between different nationalities on the same team
  • Destination Thailand: Daniel has been MC for this annual TAT event in Toronto, Canada, organised by Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa, since 2014
  • The Revenue Department of Thailand: lecturer for their development program called "English Language for Management Level"
  • Prince of Songkla University in Pattani, Thailand: invited to be a special speaker to encourage local people (at Red Cross) and students to recognize how much the English language is important and not hard to learn
  • Bangkok University Orientation: invited annually to share experiences to new international students about living in Thailand and cross-cultural immersion

Essential information about Smiling Albino (SA) is downloadable as a PDF file. This kit includes:

  • Background of SA
  • What makes us special
  • What about our name?
  • Bios of the founders
  • Speaking topics and accolades

Download the kit here.

If you’d like to schedule an interview with us please send us an email to, and we’ll get back to you very quickly.


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