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The adopted son of Thailand, Dan B Fraser - has plenty to smile about.

Born and raised in Canada and Inspired by travels with parents, Daniel B Fraser moved to Thailand in 1995.  But this wasn’t the typical expat-heads-to-Southeast Asia story. And nothing about Fraser’s life has been typical since. His arrival in Bangkok came at the personal request of the Thai Royal family. They invited him to teach at the Chitralada Palace under the direction of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the second daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A decade later, Fraser is a bona fide Thai celebrity. He’s appeared in print and television ads across Asia, starred in feature films, and became an ambassador for the Tourism Authority of Thailand. He hosted the popular TV show Long Krung on Thai PBS, and since February 2016, has hosted Long Ruk Yim, a show exploring Thailand’s hidden gems.

Recognizing a need for travel experiences that go beyond the backpacking tradition the region was known for, Dan founded Smiling Albino in 1999. Originally the company showcased the beauty of Thailand and Southeast Asia and it has grown from a two-man-show into a team of bespoke travel designers that challenge the convention of what travel is. They obsess over details to custom design and deliver experiences that exceed expectations. Today, Smiling Albino curates and operates upscale adventures in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Nepal.

As part of our Globetrotter series, we connected with Dan to find out how he has been handling the pandemic, the one place he will return once travel restrictions are lifted, and what he always steals from hotel rooms!

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