The Tuk Tuk Club has a very simple purpose – to help travellers to Northern Thailand get a truer picture of this most beautiful and welcoming part of the country. We’ll help you get away from the usual tourist routes and make a truer more personal connection with the people, the land and the culture. You’ll experience places, people and food that you’d never see on a normal trip in Thailand.
Get a true taste of the North in just three days. You’ll visit places untouched by tourism, get to know some of the local hill tribes, trek pristine jungle paths, Tuk Tuk along roads and mountain passes unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, have a thai BBQ out in the rice terraces, swim in crystal clear mountain rivers and try your hand at a little jungle cooking with at a Karen hill tribe village.
So if you’re looking for a true taste of Northern Thailand… it doesn’t get truer or tastier than this.
Our base camp is in a stunning valley about an hour from Chiang Mai. This is where you’ll learn to drive your Tuk Tuk, get a Temple blessing for the journey ahead and spend some time with elephants at a local elephant home. A great way to spend you first day on the road.
Doi Inthanon National Park
Trek through the lush green forest of this untouched wilderness, enjoy towering waterfalls, take in the ancient rice terraces and temples and meet Hill Tribe villages untouched by tourism.
Karen Hill Tribe Village
Take a true off the beaten track adventure as you head out into the hill country to meet the Karen tribe and learn all about life out in the mountains.
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 about an hour outside the city.
On arrival at our ‘base camp’ we’ll introduce you immediately to your Tuk Tuk and get started with some training. This takes place on a dedicated track and will give you plenty of time to get used to your Tuk Tuk.
We then head off down winding rural lanes through small farming communities and to a remote Temple where you’ll receive a blessing for the adventure ahead.
After an authentic northern Thai lunch we then head along small 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 before spending the night under the stars – a proper Thai adventure!
Transfer from Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to our ‘base camp’
Full Tuk Tuk orientation and training
Lunch and Dinner (jungle cooking class included!)
Overnight camping in a remote Karen Hill Tribe village
After breakfast we’ll explore the local area around the village before getting back into the Tuk Tuks and heading further into the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain. With plenty of stops to explore, this is an incredible journey through spectacular mountain scenery.
We’ll stop for a late lunch at a small roadside restaurant and then head on to the community of Ban Mae Khlang Luang, our overnight base.
The accommodation is surrounded by mountains and rice terraces and is the perfect setting for the second night of the adventure. After checking there’s time to explore the village, see how the community live and try some of the freshest coffee around you’ll ever taste!
In the evening we’ll have a traditional Thai style BBQ out in the rice fields.
Tuk Tuks and all related costs
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Twin share accommodation in the hill tribe village – this is relatively simple accommodation but is still en-suite with hot water and wi-fi. The rooms are fan-cooled only but air-conditioning is not needed this high in the mountains
We head off this morning to explore the local forests. The trek is ‘only’ around 5-6 km but takes us through fantastic scenery and eventually to a series of stunning waterfalls. We’ll have lunch in the forest and there’s also time to swim if you wish.
After lunch we trek out of the forest and back to the village. It’s then time to say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuk and head back to Chiang Mai city by private minivan. We’ll arrive back at Chiang Mai Gate Hotel around 4:30pm
Breakfast and Lunch
Trekking through the forest
Transfer back to Chiang Mai City by private minivan.