Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2016

Next weekend sees the 39th Annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival. The 2016 Chiang Mai Flower Festival will be held on the first weekend of February which this years is the 5th, 6th and 7th. The format of this festival has remained the same over the past 10 years or so and it appears that it will follow the same format this year. Here is the quick run down of activities: Friday 5th At Buak Had Pubilc Park a small flower and horticulture exhibition will be held. Things will get more interesting…

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Travelling to Laos? – Beware of scams!

Travelling to Laos? – Beware of scams!

Important notice for those booking bus and boat tickets to Luang Prabang and other destinations in Laos. We recently had a report from a very unhappy customer saying that they were the victims of a scam while in Chiang Kong after purchasing a Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang bus ticket through Travel Hub. Briefly the report was as follows; the passengers were required to change buses at the border in Chiang Kong. The changeover takes place at a hotel called Portside. On this change over they were asked by a…

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Train timetables from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

Train timetables from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

This is the 2016 updated train timetable from Chiang Mai to Bangkok and also displays the cost of train tickest from Chiang Mai to Bangkok There are 5 classes of train as follows: 3rd class seating fan cooled 2rd class seating fan cooled 2nd class seating air condition 2nd class sleeper fan cooled (upper or lower birth) 2nd class sleeper air condition (upper or lower birth) 1st class sleeper air condition (upper or lower birth) Travel time is around the 12 hour mark, but some trains are a little quicker and some take longer depending on which type of train is…

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Loi Kratong Chiang Mai Events 2015

Loi Kratong Chiang Mai Events 2015

This is being posted a little late but here is a quick run down of this years Loi Kratong 2015 events in Chiang Mai: The main celebrations for Loi Kratong will take place on the evenings 25th and 26th. This is when most locals will come our to release Kom Fai (floating fire lanterns) and float their kratongs on the river. These two days are also marked by the Loi Kratong float processions along Thapae Road. The biggest and most spectacular procession will happen on the evening of the 26th….

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The Chinnarit Buddha Foundry Phitsanulok

The Chinnarit Buddha Foundry Phitsanulok

For those who do get to visit the city of Phitsanulok then the small Chinnarit Buddha foundry is well worth checking out! At this Buddha foundry bronze Buddhas of all shapes and sizes are still manufactured and cast in the traditional method which is now becoming increasingly rare in Thailand. Most Buddha manufacturing concerns now employ modern, cheaper methods to manufacture the image. The foundry here is a real working concern and a great chance to see the process of Buddha casting in action!   Buddha Casting Method The process…

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Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Everyone knows the famous temples in Chiang Mai and Bangkok but Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is an interesting offering just outside the provincial city of Lampang. In fact the name of the city came from this temple which has been situated here for hundreds of years. Not too many tourists make it to this temple but if you are passing or in the area then this temple is well worth a visit The history behind the importance of Wat Phrathat limping Luang According to the epic tale of Lord…

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Kan Air – A great little airline covering some unusual domestic routes

Kan Air – A great little airline covering some unusual domestic routes

Kan Air, owned by Kannithi Aviation Company Limited, and commenced operations on 24 September 2010, since then its domestic routes have been slowly expanding, Kan Air is a  small airline with only four aircraft but cover some usual routes which other airlines do not cover.  look at their route list below as flying some of these routes could save a load of time on long bus journeys! Prices are very reasonable too! Their main operating base is from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand however plans are afoot to increasing services from…

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Ching Mai Sunday Walking Street Market

Ching Mai Sunday Walking Street Market

A visit to the Sunday Walking Street Market is definitely one of Chiang Mai’s shopping highlights. This market is only held on a Sunday evening so if you are in Chiang Mai this market should not be missed! At around 4 o-clock the main thoroughfare through the old city is closed to traffic and the vendors will set up their stalls. The market is both popular with Thais and foreign visitors alike and the locals come out in their droves for a walk around the market and to grab something…

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