1. Scott’s Top 10 of 2015

    Scott’s Top 10 of 2015

    2015 has come and gone, much was achieved, and I’m thankful to have had the time and opportunity to enjoy many fun things along the way. Following are 10 things I was introduced to last year, like, and recommend to you. Yes, some of them were actually introduced before 2015,...

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  2. Thai National Anthem

    Thai National Anthem

    “Prathet Thai ruam lueat nuea chat chuea Thai, Pen pracha rat, phathai khong Thai thuk suan…” It’s 6pm; hundreds of us have paused exercising and come to a stop, as the sound of Thailand’s national anthem fills the air at Benjakiti Park, in the heart of Bangkok’s Asoke district. My...

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  3. Starting a Travel Podcast

    Starting a Travel Podcast

    Even when taking time off or enjoying a relaxing day it seems my mind’s usually ticking along about a project, book, plan, or something I’d like to do. It would be nice to be able to entirely shut off the nerve center in this respect at times, but then again...

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  4. Doi Mae Salong

    Doi Mae Salong

    I’ll always remember my first visit to the semi-far-flung, northern Thai town of Doi Mae Salong. I’d just moved to Thailand with my business partner in late 1999 to develop a specialized travel company. We were in the kingdom’s northernmost province Chiang Rai looking for trip ideas and met a...

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  5. Five Great Bars

    Five Great Bars

    Most men have an affinity and kinship of sorts for their favorite watering hole. Movies, TV, and books have long depicted the male species visiting and even sneaking out to their favorite bar, being greeted by the barman and other patrons as they pass through the door. The classic was...

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  6. Passing of Norodom Sihanouk

    Passing of Norodom Sihanouk

    Born in 1922, Norodom Sihanouk went on to become one of modern Cambodia’s most revered and storied characters. He ruled as King twice, once as president, twice as prime minister, was sovereign prince two times, chose and changed sides frequently, and even sided with the Khmer Rouge for a number...

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  7. Ao Nang’s still charming

    Ao Nang’s still charming

    When I moved to Thailand at the end of September 1999 to develop travel company, Smiling Albino (SA), I couldn’t wait to hit a beach. Originally from Calgary, Canada, we don’t exactly have a lot of tropical sand or ocean there and it was top of my list to hit...

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  8. Shooting Photos in Laos

    Shooting Photos in Laos

    Despite living in Bangkok and being the co-founder of Smiling Albino, an innovative travel company that specializes in customized travel in SE Asia and Nepal, I’d somehow managed not to visit Laos since 2000! My business partner Daniel has headed-up our operations there and with me manning Cambodia and Nepal,...

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  9. Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

    Sacred Tattoos of Thailand

    Sak Yan (handmade Thai tattoos) are an ancient ritual steeped in tradition and applied by masters who believe they hold mystical powers for those who wear them, explains legendary travel writer Joe Cummings. Meticulously applied to different parts of the body, these highly artistic and spiritual images are now gaining...

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