Start: Chiang Mai Finish: Chiang Mai
Physical rating: Low
Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour code: TTTC3
The Tuk Tuk Club
Group size: 2 - 9
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A stunning Tuk Tuk Adventure taking you deep into the heart of the mountains and Hill Tribe communities around Chiang Mai – and what better way to travel than in your very own Tuk Tuk, either driving (self-drive) or relaxing in the back seat (chauffeur option) right in the heart of the sights and sounds of this wonderful part of the world.
An incredible adventure awaits as you travel by Tuk Tuk and explore the mountains and remote communities of Northern Thailand. Take in the stunning views from these iconic vehicles, camp in a remote Karen Hill Tribe village, learn to cook a ‘jungle’ feast with the community, hike in the foothills of Thailand’s highest mountain and experience Thailand at it’s very best.
Location: Karen Hill Tribe mountain village
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
You’ll be picked up at 8:00am from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL in Chiang Mai city and our team will transfer you by minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club base in Mae Wang, around 45-60 minutes South West of the city.
On arrival at our base you’ll be introduced to your trusty Tuk Tuk and driver (chauffeur option) and get settled in for the adventure ahead.
Our Tuk Tuks are specially modified to not only cope perfectly with the winding mountain roads but also to give extra comfort and views from the back seat. There are Bluetooth speakers for you to play your road tip selections and you can even roll back the roof if you fancy catching some sun!
For those on the self-drive option there will be a detailed, in-depth driver training session followed by a test that all drivers must pass before heading out onto the road. For those who’ve chosen the chauffeur option this is a great experience to learn more about the Tuk Tuks, how they work and, if you’d like, the opportunity to have a quick go yourself!
You’ll the start the journey by heading through fantastic winding lanes passing through small farming communities (think classic SE Asia photo ops) and up and visiting stunning remote (and almost never visited) Temples, and at one of them we’ll even make a small blessing for the adventure ahead.
You’ll have a simple but hearty lunch at a great local restaurant and then start to head up into the serious mountains. On the way you’ll stop to take the short hike to a forest waterfall and explore a tiny Karen community and then you continue to wind up the hairpin bends to your overnight destination of a remote Karen village where you’ll camp and have an incredible authentic ‘Hill Tribe’ experience.
Once you’ve arrived at the campsite you’ll have a traditional Karen greeting and then have the opportunity to explore the local village and meet the ‘elders’ and learn about their community, culture and way of life.
In the evening you’ll learn how to cook jungle style with an open fire and lessons from our Karen hosts before spending the night under the stars – a proper Thailand adventure.
NOTE – the tents are actually very comfortable with mattresses / cushions / pillows / blankets etc and there are ‘Western’ style toilets and a hot shower available!
• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: +/- 5 HOURS INCLUDING DRIVER TRAINING
• DISTANCE COVERED: +/- 75 km
Location: Mae Khlang Luang
Accommodation: Rustic lodge in a Hill Tribe village
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast you’ll explore the local area and forest around the village with your guide and members of the local community before getting back into the Tuk Tuks and heading along yet more stunning roads (plenty of stops to take in the views) into the heart of the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain.
This is a fantastic journey through spectacular mountain scenery, along rarely travelled roads, giving you a real insight into Thailand, well away from the tourist trail.
You’ll stop for a late lunch at a small roadside restaurant – the real deal in terms of local Thai country fare – and then head on to the small Karen community of Ban Mae Khlang Luang, your overnight base.
Your overnight accommodation in the village is surrounded by mountains and rice terraces and is the perfect setting for the second night of the adventure.
Once you’ve checked in you’ll explore the village, see how the community live and get to sample some of the freshest coffee around in one of the most atmospheric coffee shops we’ve ever come across!
In the evening it’s time for a traditional Thai style BBQ in the rice fields! Great fun and a real Thailand tradition.
• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: +/- 2 HOURS
• DISTANCE COVERED: +/- 40 km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast you’ll head out to hike and explore the forests around the village in the foothills of Doi Inthanon.
The hike is ‘only’ around 5 – 6 km (lead by a local village guide) but takes you through fantastic forests and eventually to a series of stunning waterfalls.
You’ll have lunch at the foot of the largest waterfall and there’s plenty of time to swim in the pool below.
After lunch you hike downhill out of the forest and back to the Hill Tribe village where you stayed last night. It’s then time to say goodbye to your Tuk Tuk as you transfer back to Chiang Mai city by private minivan, arriving back at The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel at around 4:30pm
• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: NA – no Tuk Tuk driving today
• DISTANCE COVERED: NA
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You'll need a small amount of Thai Baht cash on this trip just to cover any snack and drinks (other than water) that you might like. A total of around 1,000THB should be enough for the thirstiest traveller!
Whilst tips are not compulsory, they are always very gratefully received by the team if you feel they've delivered a fantastic experience
Yes, all our accommodation information is provided in our detailed pre-departure information which is sent once you book your place
The camping on night 1 is much more comfortable that you might expect. Soft mats, blankets and pillows are all provided. There is also access to 'western' style toilets and showers!
We attract travellers from all over the world and it's of course part of the fun getting to know other people along the way
Yes. All our guides are fluent in English (and Thai of course!)
This is an adventurous trip - night one is camping in the mountains (all bedding etc is provided) and night 2 is in a rustic Hill Tribe lodge (with en-suite facilities). But the simplicity of the accommodation is more than made up for by the incredible experience
We do ask that each traveller restricts themselves to one suitcase / bag plus a day bag on the adventure
Yes although it's not compulsory. If you are a solo traveller you can either share with another solo traveller on the same gender or, if you'd like you're own private room, we can arrange this for an additional fee
No - we don't include airport transfers. The adventure starts and ends at our meeting point - The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
Yes, this is a great adventure for families with children although we do have a minimum age of 5 years old
Yes we can. Please get in touch if you'd like suggestions of places to stay / explore pre and post your adventure with us and we can help with not only great rates but also making sure you get the best options
The minimum number of travellers for this adventure to run is 2. If we don't reach this number we will let you know at least 30 days prior to the adventure allowing you to either receive a full refund or to change to another date
There is no wi-fi on night 1 when we are camping (!) but there is wi-fi at the accommodation on night 2
You'll need a small amount of Thai Baht for any snacks or drinks (other than water). A total of 1,000THB should be more than enough!
This adventure is open to all, no special fitness is required and the trek on day 4 is specially chosen s that it's 'doable' by all - it's only around 6km and we take it nice and slowly
The maximum group size is 9 people on any one adventure
Multiple Room Types
Multiple room types available. Choose your preferred room type when you book.
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