This fantastic day of adventure starts with a pick up from the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel at 07:45 or a pick up from wherever you are staying in the city between 08:00 and 08:30 and our friendly team then transfer you to our Tuk Tuk hub in Mae Wang, around an hour South West of the city
On arrival in Mae Wang our team will introduce you to your Tuk Tuks and begin your driving training. If you don’t want to drive a Tuk Tuk, don’t worry, you can enjoy the joys of nature’s air-conditioning from the breeze in in the back.
NOTE: all drivers must be aged 18 or over and hold a valid manual driving license.
The Tuk Tuks are pretty easy to master and once everyone is feeling comfortable behind the wheel we’ll head through tiny rural roads, snaking through farming villages and past rural Temples. One of our guides always drives the lead Tuk Tuk making sure that you don’t lose your way and no-one is tempted to go too fast!
With frequent stops to explore and, importantly, make sure everyone has a good opportunity to drive, you’ll get a great insight into real rural life in Northern Thailand. Something that’s not as easy to come across as you’d think.
By late morning we’ll arrive at the elephant home where you’ll not only learn about the past, present and future of the Thai Elephant but also have the opportunity to interact with them.
Once you’ve been introduced to the elephants – who have been taken out of a life of trekking and can no relax and enjoy their time more naturally – you’ll be able to help the mahouts feed them.
After you’ve fed the elephants it’s time to sit down to a some hearty and filling Thai food, right next to the elephants giving you the opportunity to continue watching the elephants and seeing how they interact.
After lunch you’ll walk with the mahouts and their elephants (NOTE: No elephant riding is allowed) through the local countryside to the river where you’ll help the mahouts wash the elephants – a fantastic experience for you and the elephants!
Now it’s time to enjoy some water activities of a different kind as you float lazily along the local river on a traditional bamboo raft. Don’t worry, there are no rapids along the way, rather this is a great opportunity to see the local surroundings from a different angle and have a huge amount of fun negotiating the twists and turns of the river.
It’s time to jump back into your Tuk Tuk and wind your way back down the valley enjoying your last moments behind the wheel of a real Thailand ‘icon’. The road curves and sweeps gently down the valley and be sure to have your camera out to catch the surprise of the local community when they see you driving your very own Tuk Tuk!
On reaching The Tuk Tuk Club HQ you’ll transfer back into a minivan and we’ll take you back to your hotel, arriving around 6:00PM giving you plenty of time in the evening to reflect on the incredible day you’ve had and the fact that you’re now a member of The Tuk Tuk Club!
Arrive back in Chiang Mai city and be dropped off at your hotel or the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel, whichever you'd prefer
|Tour type||Group tour|
|Your group size||Min 1, max 15|
|Food options||Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free|
Transfers to and from the Tuk Tuk HQ, all activities, lunch, water throughout the day and an expert professional Tour Guide
Snacks and drinks (other than water!)
This adventure is open to all with a healthy sense of adventure. However, please note that the ground at the elephant home is uneven and bumpy and walking with the elephants is not suitable for those unsteady on their feet (however, we can arrange transport to the elephant bathing pool!)
All those wishing to drive must bring a valid driving license on the day!
We recommend that you wear shorts, t-shirts and shoes that you don't mind getting wet / dirty (elephants and rafting) and a change of shorts post rafting is a great idea