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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 days / 4 nights
|Tour type||Group tour|
|Your group size||Min 1, max 15|
|Duration||5 days / 4 nights|
|Food options||Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free|
Transportation. Tuk Tuks!, great accommodation. all activities listed in the itinerary, fantastic tour guides, water throughout the adventure, the most fun you've ever had in Thailand!
Some meals, soft drinks (other than water), alcoholic drinks, travel insurance
By it’s very nature this trip is an ‘adventure’ – when it’s hot….it’s hot 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 winding roads heading up into the mountains and your guides will always set a sensible pace for the conditions for each different day
If you are planning to drive one of the Tuk Tuks it’s essential that you bring your home driving license with you and an International Driving Permit (IDP).
It's also essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance that will cover you for the adventure.
Finally, and most importantly, pack your sense of fun and adventur