Day 1: TRAINING, TEMPLES AND HILL TRIBE VILLAGES
We’ll pick you up at 8:00am from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL in Chiang Mai city and transfer you to our training base in the lovely Mae Wang valley around 1 hour from the city.
On arrival at our ‘base camp’ in Mae Wang at around 09:00 we’ll introduce you immediately to your Tuk Tuk and crack on with the drive training. This all takes place ‘off road’ and is a thorough session giving all participants the time to get used to these wonderful vehicles and master all the controls.
We then head off down winding rural lanes passing through small farming communities (think classic SE Asia photo ops) and up to a remote meditation Temple where we’ll receive a blessing for the adventure ahead.
After a simple but hearty local Thai lunch we then we along the back roads up into the mountains towards our overnight destination of a remote Karen Hill Tribe village. We’re camping here tonight in the fields (don’t worry – there are showers and toilets available) to get a real Hill Tribe experience.
In the evening we’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 real Thai adventure!
Day 2: MOUNTAINS AND MORE HILL TRIBE VILLAGES
After breakfast we’ll explore the local area and forest around the village before getting back into the Tuk Tuks and heading further into the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain. With lots of stops to explore and relax this is a fantastic journey through spectacular mountain scenery and a real insight into this part of the world.
We’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 Ban Mae Khlang Luang, our overnight base.
Our overnight accommodation is in another Karen village surrounded by mountains and rice terraces and is the perfect setting for the second night of the adventure. Once we’ve checked in we’ll explore the village and see how the community live – and get to sample some of the best freshest coffee around!
In the evening we’ll have a traditional Thai style BBQ in the rice fields, great fun and a real Thailand tradition.
Day 3: TREKKING, WATERFALLS AND BACK TO CHIANG MAI CITY
We head off this morning to explore the forests around the village in the foothills of Doi Inthanon. The trek is ‘only’ around 5 km but takes us through fantastic forests and eventually to a series of stunning waterfalls. We’ll have lunch at the foot of the largest waterfall and there’s plenty of time to swim in the pool at the foot of the falls.
After lunch we trek downhill out of the forest and back to the hill-tribe village.
It’s then time to say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuk and transfer back to Chiang Mai city by private minivan. We’ll arrive back at Chiang Mai Gate Hotel around 4:30pm
3 days / 2 nights
|Tour type||Group tour|
|Your group size||Min 1, max 9|
|Duration||3 days / 2 nights|
|Food options||Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free|
Transfers from Chiang Mai city and back to Chiang Mai city to the Tuk Tuk HQ, twin (or double if requested) shared accommodation, all food and water, all activities in the itinerary, fantastic professional guides with you every step of the way
Soft drinks other than water and any alcoholic drinks you may want
By it’s very nature this trip is an ‘adventure’ – when it’s hot….it’s hot, when It’s wet….it’s wet and when it’s cold….it’s cold (and it does get cold in the mountains between November and February). And as with any trip of this nature there is some inherent risk which must be accepted by all travellers – without a small amount of risk there is no adventure! However, all routes and roads have been extensively researched (in Tuk Tuks of course), there is plenty of training and practice of driving before we hit the windy roads heading up into the mountains and the guides will always set a sensible pace for the conditions for each different day
All drivers must bring a valid driving license and ideally an International Driving Permit (IDP)
We recommend that you travel light and bring lightweight. comfortable clothes (shorts and t-shirts are fine but do note that between November and February it can get very cool in the mountains so a sweater and trousers / jeans are recommended then).
Finally, and most importantly, please remember to bring a healthy sense of adventure!