5 Day Tuk Tuk Adventure in Northern Thailand (Mar - Oct)


A unique and exciting opportunity to drive your very own Tuk Tuk through the mountains of Northern Thailand. Including trekking, meeting elephants, bamboo rafting and fantastic accommodation throughout.

Day 1: ARRIVAL, DRIVER TRAINING AND TEMPLE BLESSING

We’ll pick you up at 10:00am from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL in Chiang Mai city and transfer you to our training base for the adventure ahead.
On arrival at our ‘base camp’ in Mae Wang at around 11:30 we’ll check you in to your accommodation, have lunch together and then begin your driver training. Once everyone has got to grips with the basics we’ll head on your first test drive to a local Temple where the journey ahead will be blessed!
In the evening it’s time to spend more time getting to know your Tuk Tuk and enjoying a great Thai feast.

Inclusions:

  • Transfer from Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to our ‘base camp’
  • Full Tuk Tuk orientation and training
  • Temple blessing
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Twin / triple share accommodation in a beautiful resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms (single rooms can be requested but a surcharge applies)



Your base for nights 1 and 2

Your base for nights 1 and 2

Tuk Tuk Convoy

Tuk Tuk Convoy

Tuk Tuk Convoy

Tuk Tuk Convoy

Day 2: MORE TRAINING AND ELEPHANTS

After breakfast we’ll go through more driver training, building on what you learned yesterday, and run through all the nitty-gritty of the trip ahead.
Then it’s time to venture a little further afield with a test drive through small country roads to a fantastic 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!
We’ll head slowly in convoy for the 20km or so to the elephant home giving all the opportunity to get some ‘road time’ and confidence. On arrival the inspiration behind the home will talk about the history of the elephants, what he and his team 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 we’ll have more driving practice as we head back to the base camp for dinner and getting ready for an adventurous day tomorrow.

Inclusions:

  • Tuk Tuk driver training
  • Visit to the elephant home and all associated activities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Twin / triple share accommodation in a beautiful resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms (single rooms can be requested but a surcharge applies)




Tuk Tuks on the road

Tuk Tuks on the road

Local Temple

Local Temple

Wonderful Elephants

Wonderful Elephants

Day 3: AND WE’RE OFF – DOI INTHANON HERE WE COME

After an early breakfast we’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 we’ll travel in convoy with the support vehicle at the rear. 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 we’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 – real Northern Thai style.
If you’re feeling confident we can go up to the top of Doi Inthanon – your trusty Tuk Tuk can make it! – and around mid afternoon we’ll arrive at your accommodation for the next two nights.

Inclusions:

  • Tuk Tuks and support vehicle
  • Breakfast and dinner (lunch at own expense – (+/- 50THB)
  • National Park entry fees
  • Twin / triple / quad shared accommodation in Doi Inthanon – this is the most basic of the accommodation but intentionally so to ensure you’re located in the most stunning area and perfectly located for the trek tomorrow. Fan cooled, en-suite bathrooms



RURAL ROADS

RURAL ROADS

A superb location for dinner

A superb location for dinner

Day 4: TREKKING

We’re giving the Tuk Tuks a well-deserved rest today and exploring the National Park on foot. Accompanied by an expert trekking guide we’ll explore the stunning forest around the area on a trek of around 8-9km (but with some hills!) which takes in great vista’s and the obligatory waterfall.
Lunch is provided on the trek and your trekking guide is a mine of information on both the people and wildlife inhabiting the area all around you.
NOTE: This trek is suitable for all as long as you’re able to walk 8-10km. The pace is gentle but there are some up and downhill sections as you’d expect in the mountains. This isn’t a trek done by thousands each year – rather it’s been researched and developed just for The Tuk Tuk Club.
We’ll arrive back at the accommodation around mid – late afternoon, just in time to rest up, relax and then enjoy a great countryside Thai feast.

Inclusions:

  • Trek and trekking guide
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Twin / triple / quad shared accommodation in Doi Inthanon – this is the most basic of the accommodation but intentionally so to ensure you’re located in the most stunning area and perfectly located for the trek tomorrow. Fan cooled, en-suite bathrooms



Trekking in the forest

Trekking in the forest

Day 5: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR TRUSTY TUK TUK

The 5 day adventure comes to an end this morning as you say goodbye to your Tuk Tuk and transfer back to Chiang Mai City.
The transfer will take place in the morning and you will arrive in Chiang Mai (The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) around midday.

Inclusions:

  • Transfer to The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel



A well earned rest!

A well earned rest!

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Hi, I'm Bruce and I'm a huge fans of all things Northern Thailand. If you're travelling to Chiang Mai and points North and want to get under the skin of the country then please get in touch!