2018 Chiang Mai Loy Kratong dates

2018 Chiang Mai Loy Kratong dates

Unlike some other important Chiang Mai festivals like Songkran, Loy Kratong does not fall on a fixed date every year as the dates will coincide with the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. For 2018 Loy kratong will fall on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November and activities and celebrations will occur in the city over these dates. The main events and the majority of the kratong floating and sky lanterns will be released on the 22nd and 23rd November. Based on previous years activities…

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New Cruise from Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang

New Cruise from Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang

We are delighted to announce that Travel Hub are now appointed agents for the highly rated Shompoo Cruises. Shompoo Cruises is  a cruise operator offering Mekong River cruises from Chiang Kong (Thailand) to the Unesco World Heritage town of Luang Prabang The cruise commences in the town of Huay Xai, Laos (on the opposite bank of the Mekong from Chiang Kong, Thailand) and you will cruise in style and comfort for two days down river to Luang Prabang. On route you will overnight in the quaint riverside town of Pakbeng where various accommodation options…

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New bus services from Thailand to Laos

New bus services from Thailand to Laos

Three new international bus routes are planned to connect Thailand with Laos. The first route to commence this year will be the Udon Thani to Vang Vieng route. This route will commence at Udon Thani (Airport)  and follow through to Nong Khai, Vientianne and then on to Vang Vieng. A direct bus for those travelling from Thailand all  the way to Vang Vient is great news! further details so far released about this new service as follows: There will be one daily departure covering the 288Km in around 7 hours….

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Loi Kratong 2017 Schedule of events

Loi Kratong 2017 Schedule of events

The annual Loi Kratong festival will soon be here. Here is a quick run down of the main events happening in Chiang Mai The festival runs from the 2nd to 4th of November 2nd November Candles will be lit around the moat of the old city and lighted decorations placed in the moat at other locations in and around the old city. The extent of the deportations vary from year to year. The lighting of candles and decorations can also be seen on the Loi Kratong days of 3rd and 4th…

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Mae Klang Luang Trail Doi Inthanon National Park

Mae Klang Luang Trail Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon is one of Thailand’s most well know and well visited national parks and is home to Thailand’s highest mountain Doi Inthanon. Doi Inthanon attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, but most of these visitors only stick to driving the main highway to the highest mountain and to the easily accessible waterfalls and viewpoints along this route, only a very small fraction actually get off the main paved road to get deeper into the park to see what else Doi inthanon offers. Most miss out on seeing the parks…

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Thailand Online Train Ticket Booking

Thailand Online Train Ticket Booking

The State Railway of Thailand is exceptionally slow arriving in the new millennium and is still very much dragging its feet when it comes to offering online booking and payment for the tickets on the Thai rail network. A few years back there was a website which offered this service, I am not sure if it was offered by the State Railway Of Thailand or was some tie up between them and a private company but train tickets could at one time be bought online! The booking form on this website was…

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Elephant Valley Chiang Rai – Maybe Thailand’s most ethical elephant sanctuary!

Elephant Valley Chiang Rai – Maybe Thailand’s most ethical elephant sanctuary!

In Travel Hub’s endeavor to offer more ethical elephant activities to our inventory of trips and tours we took a trip to Elephant Valley Chiang Rai, and we have to say that we encountered some of the most content and happy elephants that we have seen in a long while! If you are doing one of elephant Valley’s programs you will probably be greeted by Jack the manager. Jack is super knowledgeable about elephants and has been working with elephants for many years, he has brought his experience and knowledge…

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Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Increases Prices

Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai Increases Prices

Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai has is increasing its prices. Since its opening 10 years ago prices for playing for the tigers have gradually risen. Below is the fully updated Tiger Kingdom prices in Chiang Mai. The new prices are effective from the 1st May 2016         Fees for playing with tigers Spectators of friends playing with tigers free Walk around enclosure tickets 250 baht Small Tigers 500 baht Smallest Tigers 800 baht Medium Tigers 600baht Big Tigers ages 700 baht White Tigers 1000 baht Giant Tigers 1000 baht Medium…

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Baan Tong Luang – 5 Hill Tribe Village

Baan Tong Luang – 5 Hill Tribe Village

Baan Tong Luang is a hill tribe exhibition village situated in the Mae Sa area about 30 minutes drive from Chiang Mai. This village has been set up to display the lifestyles and cultures of five different hill tribe groups which typically reside in the north of Thailand. The village is separated into around five zones with each hill tribe ethnic group residing in its own zone. At Baan Tong Luang you will find, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Karen and Padaung (Karen Long Neck). The village is quite picturesque and nestled…

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Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha bus – Buses arriving in Luang Namtha

Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha bus – Buses arriving in Luang Namtha

We have had a couple of reports from our customers who have booked the Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha bus through our office. On arrival at the small bus station in Luang Namtha which is situated about 10km out side of town they have not found any public transport options (usually a tuk tuk or songtaew) to take them into town. Scheduled arrival time is 08:30pm but i am aware that this bus is often late arrival and after 10pm can be common and maybe the tuk tuk drivers have…

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