A 'Tuk Tuk' Hill Tribe Mountain Adventure in Chiang Mai

A 'Tuk Tuk' Hill Tribe Mountain Adventure in Chiang Mai

Start: Chiang Mai Finish: Chiang Mai

Visiting: Karen Hill Tribe mountain village, Mae Khlang Luang


Duration: 2 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: TTTC3

Tour operator: The Tuk Tuk Club

Group size: 2 - 9

Age range: 10-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconExperience the real Thailand, well off the beaten track
  • iconEnjoy authentic Thai food - a treat for your taste buds
  • iconTravel by Thailand's iconic Tuk Tuk
  • iconTrek in the foothills of Thailand's highest mountain
  • iconSpend a night camping under the stars in a remote Hill Tribe community
  • iconExplore remote mountain Temples

Places You'll See

Relaxing at the Karen village campsite
Remote Temples
Thailand's iconic Tuk Tuks
Trek to forest waterfalls
Real Thailand, well off the beaten track
Enjoying a traditional Thai BBQ high in the mountains

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : TEMPLES, WATERFALLS, REMOTE COMMUNITIES AND KAREN HILL TRIBE CAMPING

Location: Karen Hill Tribe mountain village

Accommodation: Camp

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!

PLEASE NOTE:
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

icon Day 2 : MOUNTAINS, MORE HILL TRIBE VILLAGES AND A THAI FEAST

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

icon Day 3 : TREKKING, WATERFALLS AND BACK TO CHIANG MAI CITY

Location: Mae Khlang Luang

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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What currencies are required for this tour?

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!

What is the tipping policy?

Whilst tips are not compulsory, they are always very gratefully received by the team if you feel they've delivered a fantastic experience

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

Yes, all our accommodation information is provided in our detailed pre-departure information which is sent once you book your place

What is the camping like?

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!

Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

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

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. All our guides are fluent in English (and Thai of course!)

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    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

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    We do ask that each traveller restricts themselves to one suitcase / bag plus a day bag on the adventure

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    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

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No - we don't include airport transfers. The adventure starts and ends at our meeting point - The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes!

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, this is a great adventure for families with children although we do have a minimum age of 5 years old

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    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

    What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    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

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    There is no wi-fi on night 1 when we are camping (!) but there is wi-fi at the accommodation on night 2

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    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!

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    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

    What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 9 people on any one adventure

Reviews

Best trip we could have asked for
My family (9 of us ranging from age 15 to 83!!) went on a private tour (3days) and the Tuk tuk club was able to build an itinerary based on ....more My family (9 of us ranging from age 15 to 83!!) went on a private tour (3days) and the Tuk tuk club was able to build an itinerary based on all of our needs.

The team made us feel very welcomed and was always there if we needed anything and would make sure we were having a great time.

The trip was both educational and recreational as we got to learn more about the culture in Northern Thailand (Tony, our guide, was great at explaining things and even made an effort to speak in Japanese for those in my family who aren’t fluent in English).

Travelling from place to place in a tuk tuk is also a great experience as you get to enjoy/understand your surroundings more and get fresh air as opposed to a van.

I highly recommend this adventurous tour to everyone!!!!; ....less
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Koto and family - Japan

18-May-2019

Greatest Adventure Ever
We have recently had the pleasure of being the first customers of The Tuk Tuk Club to have been on a bespoke trip, and WOW! What an adventure!!! My wife ....more We have recently had the pleasure of being the first customers of The Tuk Tuk Club to have been on a bespoke trip, and WOW! What an adventure!!! My wife and I, both in our mid 40s and experienced travellers, simply gave the remit that we wanted something a bit different, off the beaten track, and fun! My goodness, it was delivered in spades!! We took one of the company's drivers with us, which meant that we had the choice to either drive ourselves or be driven so that we could take in the sights.

This proved to be a great decision and also gave us the benefit of an English and Thai speaking guide with absolutely bags of knowledge of the areas we visited.

I really believe this made a huge difference to the overall enjoyment of the trip.

After leaving the base close to Chaing Mai we headed off into the hills and generally towards Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand.

Having such a loose itinerary planned we were able to make choices as we went along as to which routes to take, and would often veer off the roads onto tracks which led us to incredibly remote villages, and gave us a huge insight into the lives and cultures of the hill tribes.

It was honestly amazing! We had a three day trip, with two overnight stays in wonderful locations and superb accommodation.

It was more than we could ever have asked for! I can genuinely say that this was the greatest adventure we'd had for many years, and 100% fun! We laughed and smiled for all three days! I could write about it for hours, and feel compelled to urge everyone we meet to come and do it! Thank you Tuk Tuk Club! We could not fault a single thing, and without any shadow of a doubt will be back for more! In fact we're already thinking of another burst of tuk tuk life in March next year!!!! Thank you!!!!!; ....less
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Paul - UK

20-Oct-2018

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