A Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai, Thailand

A Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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A Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai, Thailand

5 Days Starting and ending in Chiang Mai

Visiting: Mae Wang District, Mae Khlang Luang, Chiang Mai

Tour operator:

The Tuk Tuk Club

Tour code:

TTTC5

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 12

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Trekking

From: $747 $723 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$24

NB: Prices correct on 15-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Chose from our 'self-drive' (yes, that's you behind the wheel) or our relaxing 'chauffeur driven' options as this incredible 5 day Tuk Tuk adventure takes you high into the mountains of Northern Thailand all enjoyed from Thailand’s most iconic vehicle. There is no better way to get under the skin of this stunning part of the world and get an insight into the ‘real’ Thailand that most travellers miss completely. An action packed adventure putting you right into the heart of the most beautiful part of Thailand. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the mountains with the best view possible – our specially converted Tuk Tuks able to cope with the mountain roads with ease. Remote Temples, off the beaten track Hill Tribe communities, elephants, bamboo rafting, trekking, incredible food and of course, your Tuk Tuk and driver. Adventures don’t come any better.

Highlights

  • Experience remote mountain communities

  • Explore rarely visited remote Temples

  • Learn about Thailand's elephants

  • Enjoy fantastic authentic Thai cuisine

  • Travel through the mountains of Chiang Mai by Thailand's most iconic vehicle, the Tuk Tuk!

  • Great overnight accommodation - all locally owned and in the heart of local communities

Places You'll See

A Traditional Thai Bbq In The Mountains

Remote Mountain Communities

Exploring Rarely Visited Temples

Beautiful Elephants

Iconic Tuk Tuks

Accommodation In A Mountain Village

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival, Meet Your Tuk Tuk, Explore Remote Temples And Tiny Communities

Location: Mae Wang District

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

You’ll be picked up at 10:00am from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL in Chiang Mai city and our team will transfer you by private minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club HQ in Mae Wang, around 45-60 minutes South West of the city.

On arrival you’ll check into the super local hotel which is your base for the next couple of nights and the immediately get to meet your Tuk Tuk (you’ll become very fond of this wonderful machine over the next few days!) and of course meet your guide and support team.

Note – our Tuk Tuks are specially modified to not only cope perfectly with the winding mountain roads but also to give extra comfort and views. 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!

You’ll then head for a delicious lunch at a ‘laid back’ local restaurant where your guide will run through all of the adventures ahead.

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!

Then you’re off exploring tiny winding rural lanes, passing through rarely visited communities and fascinating Temples with stunning views. At one of the Temples you’ll receive a blessing for the adventures ahead giving you a real insight into how communities interact with Monks and their local Temple.

You’ll arrive back at base in the late afternoon in time to freshen up and head out for a delicious traditional Thai dinner at a local ‘country – pub’. Great food, live music and a very special place.

• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: +/- 3 HOURS INCLUDING DRIVER TRAINING
• DISTANCE COVERED: +/- 45 km

Day 2 : Waterfalls, Hill Tribe Villages, Elephants And Bamboo Rafting

Location: Mae Wang District

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you’re back into your Tuk Tuk (we guarantee you’ll already be possessive about which Tuk Tuk is ‘yours’!) and you’ll head through the countryside and small communities to a fantastic pagoda at Wat Doi Sapanyoo with great views of the surrounding mountains, giving you a glimpse of where you’ll be heading tomorrow!

You’re then head North up the valley in your Tuk Tuk as to a fantastic, small elephant home that is leading the way in taking elephants away from a life of trekking and instead creating an environment where people can learn about and spend time with elephants on their terms, not ours!

On arrival, you’ll learn about the history of the elephants, what the team at the Elephant home are doing and then, after a great lunch at the home, it’s time to enjoy the company of these wonderful animals. You’ll be able to feed them, get to know them and then walk with them (no riding allowed!) to the local river where you’ll bathe with them.

In the late afternoon you’ll have a change of pace as we float gently downstream on bamboo rafts before it’s then time for a late afternoon convoy as we head back to the base camp to freshen up before heading out for dinner at a local family restaurant before getting ready for an adventurous day tomorrow.

• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: +/- 3.5 HOURS SPREAD OUT OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAY
• DISTANCE COVERED: +/- 70 km

Day 3 : And We’Re Off – Doi Inthanon Here We Come

Location: Mae Khlang Luang

Accommodation: Rural lodge in a Hill Tribe village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast you’re hitting the road and heading along small country roads towards Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon.

Your guide will be in the lead Tuk Tuk and everyone travels in convoy with the support vehicle at the rear (the support vehicle takes all your luggage, spare parts for the Tuk Tuks – always best to be prepared! – and huge amounts of water!). And note that each Tuk Tuk has a walkie talkie so not only can your guide let you know all sorts of information but you can also ask anything you need or simply chat to your fellow travellers!

The first 20-30km of the route is simple with gentle curving roads but we soon hit stunning switch back bends, incredible scenery and tiny Karen hill tribe villages as we make our way towards the National Park.

Enjoy the look of complete surprise from everyone as they see Tuk Tuks this far up in the mountains – trust us, novelty doesn’t not even begin to cover it – and you’ll stop frequently to have a look at different villages / views and of course to sample some of the great coffee and snacks in small villages. Lunch will be in a roadside snack bar – hearty Thai fare!

You arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon in the village of Mae Khlang Luang before jumping in another classic Thai mode of transport - a ‘Songtaew’ - a taxi adapted from a pick-up truck, which drives us to the summit of Doi Inthanon (over 2,500 metres) where you’ll explore some of the trails and take in the views.

This evening it’s time for a traditional Thai BBQ eaten over the rice fields as the sun sets over the mountains. A great end to a superb day

• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: +/- 4 HOURS SPREAD OUT OVER THE DAY
• DISTANCE COVERED: +/- 85 km

Day 4 : Trekking

Location: Mae Khlang Luang

Accommodation: Rural lodge in a Hill Tribe village

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Tuk Tuks have a well-earned rest today as you head to explore the foothills of Doi Inthanon on foot!
Starting with a quick transfer by truck you then walk up into the forest led by a superb local guide (who knows everything about every tree and plant – and can spot a snake from miles away!) and then hike past stunning waterfalls, rivers and towering trees.

There are a number of spots where you can cool off with a dip in the pools under the waterfalls and you’ll have a packed lunch (wrapped in leaves) in a clearing in the forest.

The hike ends with a walk back down into the village where you stayed last night and there’s the chance to enjoy the freshest coffee around at a local old-style mountain coffee shop – probably our favourite coffee shop anywhere in Northern Thailand.

NOTE – the trek / hike is suitable for all. The total distance is around 5-6km, we take it at a gentle place and after the initial uphill section, the majority of the hike is flat or downhill

This evening it’s time for another superb feast – again overlooking the rice terraces – and perhaps one or two well deserved cold beers!

• TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: NA – no Tuk Tuk driving today
• DISTANCE COVERED: NA

Day 5 : Time To Say Goodbye

Location: Chiang Mai

Meals Included: Breakfast

The 5 day adventure comes to an end this morning as you say goodbye to your Tuk Tuk and the team and transfer back to Chiang Mai City by private minivan.

The transfer will take place in the morning and you will arrive in Chiang Mai (The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) before midday.

What's Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    All drinking water is included throughout the adventure including your own re-usable water bottle

  • Accommodation

    2 nights in a very pleasant rural resort, 2 nights in a HilL Tribe mountain lodge

  • Drinks with Meals

    Water is included throughout the trip

  • Entrance Fees

    National Park entry fees are included

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Full Board

    All meals are included - a fantastic journey through authentic Northern Thai cuisine

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    You'll need Thai Baht throughout this trip - ATM / Cash Machines are available throughout the trip other than on days 3 and 4. Budgeting around 1,500 THB for the full trip should be more than enough to cover the meals not included and any beers / soft drinks you would like

Reviews from travellers on this tour

UK family  

We should have booked for longer

27-Jul-2019

What can I say. Exceptional. The guys running this know what people are looking for in a trip. It's easy, so much fun, I wish I had stayed for longer. The Tuk Tim's are a little tricky to get the hang of, but once you have, they're amazing. We had a small issue with our Tuk Tuk, resolved quickly and we moved to a different one. Had a small issue with one room in an accommodation, resolved quickly just by letting our guide know, great local cuisine and beautiful destinations. Cannot recommend highly enough. 7 of 5 stars from me!

Family from the US  

Unforgettable experience

22-Dec-2018

My family (my wife, two boys ages 8 & 5 YO, and I) just finished a 5-day adventure with the Tuk Tuk Club. It will easily go down as one of the most memorable experiences from our 2 months in Thailand. We debated the full 11-day tour but after discussion with Bruce (the director) about the itinerary and some particularly long driving days, we opted for the shorter option. I could go on and on about various great things from our trip, but my key takeaway is: if you think you might be interested, you should go for it! It is -not- a cookie cutter tour, it is -not- a posh luxury tour, and it is -not- for those who want to tick boxes off a ‘to-visit’ list. What it is, though, is a wonderfully different way to experience part of Northern Thailand, with adventurous peers, while getting to drive your own (manual shift) tuk tuk! All four of our family loved this tour, and none of the activities were out of reach of even our 5YO, though one day did get a little long for for him. I would probably not recommend it for families with kids much under 5 unless you go for a custom tour as the itinerary, while it does have ‘rest days’ programmed in, is pretty full. Otherwise, both our kids had a blast on the tour and had a good balance of ‘tour’ and ‘down time’. The kids really loved just riding along on the tuk tuk, rocking out to some tunes (if you have kids, highly recommend you bring a portable speaker for your tuk tuk!). The staff were also amazing. From my first email correspondence with Bruce the team was very professional, helpful, and on-point. The tour team of Tony, Graham, Yaa Yaa, and Bun handled the tour masterfully. As the lead guide, Tony was outstanding. We can’t say enough good things about him - he really went above and beyond consistently and the whole group and tour benefitted from it. If the idea of this tour piques your curiosity at all, I cannot recommend it enough.

Jason - UK  

5 Day Tuk Tuk Safari

18-Feb-2019

Driving a TukTuk was a amazing experience! The tuition we received was comprehensive and also brisk- my daughter and I received our “pass” within an hour and then we were able to practice on the quiet backroads as we made our way to visit a couple of Bhuddist Temples. Our guides were thoughtful and accommodating and helped ensure we got the maximum from our trip, both in driving experience and cultural information. We particularly enjoyed the trip to Doi Inthanon and the opportunity to visit the Karen hill tribe. Trekking in the national park was another highlight, with the photos of our picnic lunch (fried rice wrapped in banana leaf) under the amazing waterfall being the source of much envy from friends and family back home. All the food choices were memorable, from the riverside restaurant for dinner to roadside cafe on our drive to the moumtains - very much part of the Thai holiday experience......Thanks to YaYa and Ken for a truly memorable experience.

Chas - Australia  

Outstanding tour

12-Nov-2019

A colleague and I went on behalf of our company to try it, we were blown away. Comfortably one of the best tours we have ever done. Great mixture of activities, excellent guide (Oa) and we found ourselves pleasantly surprised at every turn. A must do in Chiang Mai in our opinion!

James and family - UK  

5 Day Tuk Tuk Adventure

12-Jul-2019

One word, sensational! Our guide Tony was great. Saw parts of northern Thailand that I would never seen. Accomodation on the trip was great, most meals included(will accomodate special diets) and the tuk tuk was awesome. Will be coming back to do the longer tour. Big thanks to Tony, Graham, Bruce, Mr Boone, Mr Big and everyone involved in this tour

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    The Tuk Tuk Club requires a minimum deposit of 50 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 30 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of the tuk tuk club charges.

    Up to 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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