5 Day Tuk Tuk Tour of Northern Thailand

Cultural Tour
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    The Tuk Tuk Club

    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. 

    • 5 Days
    • Reserve your place with a deposit of just £50 pp
    • Northern Thailand

    Five days on roads unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You’ll take in stunning mountain passes, tranquil country roads, and lanes and byways so far off the beaten track that some of the locals don’t know they’re there!

    It’s much more than driving a Tuk Tuk though. You’ll visit a Temple to get a blessing for your trip, stay the secluded Mae Wang valley, visit Hill Tribes, bathe elephants and spend a couple of days exploring the untouched jungles and pristine waterfalls of the Doi Inthanon National Park.

    So if you want to get off the beaten track in Northern Thailand, we might just be able to help.

    Price Includes

    • One of our customised Tuk Tuks and all the fuel
    • Detailed, professional Tuk Tuk driver training
    • The very best local guides and a tour leaders with you the whole way
    • Fantastic, twin-share accommodation throughout the trip
    • Pick up and drop off in Chiang Mai City
    • A Temple blessing, elephant home visit and a jungle trek in Doi Inthanon National Park
    • Four breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners
    • A support vehicle to carry all your gear, so you don’t have to lump it about
    • And lots of extras along the way

    Where You'll Go

    Mae Wang
    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
    Wind your way up back country roads and catch up with remote mountain communities before arriving at the towering Doi Inthanon – Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m. A authentic hill tribe village near the National Park is our base for two nights while we explore the area, swim under beautiful waterfalls and trek through the untouched forest.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Tuk Tuk Training And A Temple Blessing

    We’ll pick you up at 10:00am from the Chiang Mai Gate 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 we can ‘make merit’ for the journey ahead!

    In the evening it’s time to relax and enjoying a proper Northern Thai feast.

    Included:

    Transfer from Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to our ‘base camp’
    Full Tuk Tuk orientation and training
    ‘Making merit’ at the local temple
    Lunch and Dinner
    Twin / double share accommodation in a very pleasant rural resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms

    Day 2Tuk Tuks 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 to the elephant home, and you’ll build your confidence for the days ahead.  On arrival, you’ll learn about the history of the elephants, what the team at the elephant home 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 to the local river where you’ll bathe them.

    In the late afternoon we’ll have more driving practice as we head back to the base camp for dinner and prep for the adventure ahead.

    Included:

    Tuk tuk driver training
    Visit to the elephant home and all associated activities
    Twin / double share accommodation in a very pleasant rural resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 3The Road To Doi Inthanon

    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. You’ll get a true taste of Northern Thai style cuisine with lunch at a roadside snack bar.

    We arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon before jumping in another classic Thai mode of transport – a ‘Sorngtaew’ – a shared taxi adapted from a pick up truck, which drives us to the summit of the mountain.

    Included:

    Tuk Tuks and support vehicle
    Breakfast and dinner
    National Park entry fees
    Twin / double shared accommodation near Doi Inthanon. This is the most basic of our accommodation but what it lacks in ‘mod cons’ is more than made up for by the fantastic views and warmth of the local community. En-suite facilities and no extra charge for the awesome views!

    Day 4Trekking

    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 6km which takes in great views and a stunning waterfall.

    Lunch is provided on the trek and your trekking guide is a mine of information on both the people and wildlife of the surrounding areas. The more questions you have, they happier they’ll be!.

    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.

    Included:

    Trek and trekking guide
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    The same accommodation as day 3

    Day 5Time to say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuk

    Your adventure comes to and end and we transfer back to Chiang Mai City.

     

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