The Songkran Festival in Chiang Mai

Songkran Chiang Mai

The Songkran festivities and celebrations will take place in Chiang Mai from the 12-15 April 2022 What is Songkran? Songkran is the celebration of the Thai New Year. Traditionally in the past water was thrown over your friends and neighbours as a sign of respect and cleansing, however since then the water throwing has taken on a whole new dimension and is now the dominant new year activity and past time for locals and visitors alike. Songkran always falls on the same dates in the month of April which  sees…

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Chiang Mai Trekking Without Elephants

Barking Gecko trekking, biking and kayaking tours

As well as offering our own privately escorted tours, Travel Hub also offer our own privately escorted treks. All our own trekking trips are offered through our own trekking operation Barking Gecko Travel. You can find all Barking Gecko’s trips on the Barking Gecko website or on The Travel Hub website.  Elephant Friendly Many of our clients are choosing not to ride elephants or see elephant shows and many are already are preferring more quality time with elephants on an elephant care or conservation programme such as Patara Elephant Farm…

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Direct Bus from Chiang Mai to Phuket

The Chiang Mai to Phuket bus by Green Bus Thailand

In the past, if you wanted to take a bus to southern Thailand then you would have to change buses in Bangkok. This usually meant taking a bus from Chiang Mai at the busy Mochit Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok then taking a taxi across the city to the Southern Bus Station. Then you would have to get on another bus to Phuket or other destinations in the south of Thailand. Now there is a very comfortable direct bus option from Chiang Mai to Phuket! This new service is run by Green…

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Bus Timetables from Chiang Mai to Pai

Pai Mae Hong Son

IMPORTANT UPDATE! since writing this article the slow characterful red buses no longer ply this route. It is a shame as the slower pace of these buses gave you time to enjoy the scenery along the route (and were probably safer than the higher speed tourist minivans!) Most people will use Chiang Mai as their jumping-off point to the small town of Pai. Pai is a relatively short 130 km from Chiang Mai but most of the route passes through the mountains so journey times are usually over the 3-hour…

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