New Cruise from Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang

Chiang Kong to Luang Prabang cruise

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 downriver to Luang Prabang. On route, you will overnight in the quaint riverside town of Pakbeng where various accommodation options are…

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Mae Klang Luang Trail Doi Inthanon National Park

Pa Dok Siew Waterfall - found along the Mae Klang Luang Trail

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…

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

Elephant Valley Chiang Rai

In Travel Hub’s endeavour 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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Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha bus – Buses arriving in Luang Namtha

Bus Chiang Mai to 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 outside of town, they have not found any public transport options (usually a tuk-tuk or songtaew) to take them into town. The scheduled arrival time is 08:30 pm but I am aware that this bus is often late arrival and after 10 pm can be common and maybe the tuk-tuk drivers have…

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Travelling to Laos? – Beware of scams!

Chiang Kong Huay Xai Immigration Office

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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The Chinnarit Buddha Foundry Phitsanulok

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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What to do with your main luggage while on a trek

What to bring on a Chiang Mai trek

A frequently asked question from our clients who are departing on overnight treks from Chiang Mai. What should I do with my main luggage while on an overnight trek? If you are heading out on an overnight trek the last thing you want to do is bring all your holiday luggage with you, especially if it is in a large suitcase, as everything you bring you will have to carry! It is recommended that you only bring a small rucksack with the essentials, our trek details page we do detail…

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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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Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang

As well as a licensed tour operator Travel Hub is also a fully licensed and bonded travel agent! Travel Hub sell flight, boat, bus and train tickets to many destinations within Thailand and some outside of Thailand too! If you are heading to the charming town of Luang Prabang in Laos then Travel Hub offer you 4 ways of getting there! Flight: If you want to get there quick then Travell Hub offer flights from both Bangkok and Chiang Mai direct to the town of Luang Prabang in Laos! Bus:…

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Travel Hub are now offering new Chiang Mai to Laos transport packages

Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge at Chiang Kong

2020 Update: This post was written in 2014. Travel Hub still offer transport packages and bus bookings from Chiang Mai to Laos. Please contact us or see the website for the most up to date service 4 new transport programmes added to the website for online booking. We now offer 6 transport packages to get you from Chiang Mai to Laos: Bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang Bus from Chiang Mai to Vang Vieng Update 2020 – service suspended Bus from Chiang Mai to Luang Namtha Bus from Chaing Mai…

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