244: Daniel Fraser – Building Smiling Albino Travel and Becoming a Thai TV Celebrity

244: Daniel Fraser – Building Smiling Albino Travel and Becoming a Thai TV Celebrity

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [28:02] Daniel's experiences of being a 'white guy' entrepreneur in Thailand back in 1999, from being in a rare club to living locally
  • [41:00] The new trend of luxury adventure travel and how it incorporates authentic local experiences
  • [54:42] Daniel's advice for listeners thinking about coming to Asia. What does it take to be successful when leaving one world and starting in another?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Daniel Fraser to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham D Brown
  • [00:53] Daniel's first time in Asia in 1995 in a student exhange with the Thai Royal Family
  • [04:54] Graham's experience when he came to Asia in the summer of 1995
  • [07:17] Being neither expat nor tourist - how Daniel's first year in Thailand was a complete immersion in local Thai culture
  • [10:23] The second coming. Why did Daniel come back to Asia in 1999?
  • [13:49] Why did Daniel take the risk to build a business based on adventure travel and experience travel back in 1999?
  • [17:10] Daniel's story of coming back to Thailand in 1999 and the first few years, from oddjobs to tourist visa runs
  • [20:08] Thailand is now derisked compared to what it was. What was it like back then to start a business in Thailand as a foreigner?
  • [23:33] How did Daniel deal with the 'dark entrepreneurial days', days when he felt like buying a flight ticket and going home?
  • [26:08] The fear of failure as a powerful motivator and how publicly stating your intentions will help entrepreneurs
  • [28:02] Daniel's experiences of being a 'white guy' entrepreneur in Thailand back in 1999, from being in a rare club to living locally
  • [32:23] The tours initially offered by Daniel's adventure travel agency, from unexpectedly popular motorcycle tours to putting millionaires in little guesthouses in Northern Thailand
  • [37:10] Travel is about bridging worlds. All of the tours offered in the early days of the business came directly from the life Daniel was living at that time
  • [41:00] The new trend of luxury adventure travel and how it incorporates authentic local experiences
  • [43:07] Daniel's stint on Thai TV, hosting a travel culture documentary series 'Long Rat Yim' in the Thai language
  • [47:05] How did Thai people react to a white guy talking about their culture and their country on TV?
  • [49:34] How Asian countries like Thailand are starting to see themselves from a global perspective
  • [51:30] All about planning to be lucky and how actually going somewhere would create an energy to seek out opportunities
  • [54:42] Daniel's advice for listeners thinking about coming to Asia. What does it take to be successful when leaving one world and starting in another?
  • [59:00] Get in touch with Daniel through his travel company Smiling Albino, facebook Daniel B Fraser, or watch him on the Thai TV program 'Long Rat Yim' on Channel 3SD every Sunday evening at 4.30pm