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Duration: 5 or 11 days
Trip code: TTTA
If you like the idea of touring some of Thailand’s most exquisite natural scenery, but don’t want to view it from the window of a coach or uncomfortable train carriage, then this trip’s for you; that is, if you’re looking for a real adventure. Become a member of our tuk tuk club and learn how to navigate the twisty mountain roads of Northern Thailand before getting out on the road with our team to visit some of the country’s most beautiful destinations; all behind the wheel of your very own tuk tuk! It’s a truly unique travel experience.
Day 1: Chiang Mai to Mae Wang
Meet the team in Chiang Mai to get your free transfer to the training centre and base camp in Mae Wang, where you’ll be learning all the skills you’ll need for a unique tuk tuk adventure. You’ll have around two hours’ driver training where you’ll grasp the basics before heading out on your first test drive.
Day 2: Tuk Tuk Training
We’ll kick day two off with some more driver training before putting our new skills to the test with a drive to an incredible elephant home. We’ll find out about the project’s work and learn more about elephants and, once we’ve had some lunch, we’ll go and mingle with the elephants, walking with them to the local river for a bathing session.
Day 3: Mountain Roads
It’s an early start on day three as we hit the road for the first leg of our driving tour. We’ll travel, in convoy, along the twisty roads in our trusty tuk tuks as we make our way towards Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. We’ll stop off at some of the small villages to sample the local food.
Day 4: Doi Inthanon National Park
Today we’ll be trekking through Doi Inthanon National Park on foot. Together with an expert guide, we’ll get to walk through forests and beautiful countryside whilst exploring some of the park’s lesser trodden paths. In the evening we’ll relax at our accommodation with a traditional countryside Thai feast.
Day 5: Head Home or Travel to Mae Sariang
If you’ve booked the five-day tour option, this is where your tuk tuk adventure ends and you’ll head back to Chiang Mai by minivan.
If you’ve booked onto the 11-day tour, you’ll be hitting the road again, out of the national park towards our next destination, Mae Sariang.
Days 6-7: Mae Hong Son
On day six we’ll find ourselves driving up and over the mountains on one of Thailand’s most scenic roads to get to our next destination, Mae Hong Son. On arrival, we’ll chill out in the pool and have a few drinks in the sunset bar. Day seven is yours to do with as you like – you could go on a guided forest trek or wander through the picturesque rice fields.
Days 8-9: Pai
Back on the road on day eight, we’ll make our way up some of the steepest inclines of our trip. We’ll stop for lunch in Soppong to try out the local Shan food, then drive down into the valley to Pai. You’ll have free time on day nine to spend as you choose, so relax by the pool, visit the local temples, waterfalls, and hot springs, or go on a caving adventure.
Day 10: Mae Wang
It’s the last leg of our incredible journey today and the longest stretch yet at 180km. You’ll notice the change in temperature as we make our way down from the mountains and back to Mae Wang. We’ll stop to take in more breathtaking views along the way, and then reach base camp by late afternoon. In the evening we’ll head out for a group meal.
Day 11: Chiang Mai
It’s time to say farewell, so give your tuk tuk a hug, swap details with new friends, and take the transfer back to Chiang Mai.
While there’s plenty on the itinerary for this trip, you’ll also have free time in a few of our destinations to explore and relax as you wish. You won’t be able to take your tuk tuk out in your own time, so speak to your tour guides about the sorts of activities you want to try or places you’d like to go and see and they’ll help you make arrangements.
Obviously the majority of your travel is taken care of as you or one of your team will be driving from one destination to the next in tuk tuk convoy! You’ll have full training before being let loose on Thailand’s country roads, and will be in constant contact with your tour guides via walkie talkie on all driving routes, but you will need to be in possession of a full driving licence before taking part. Although if you just want to go along for the ride rather than do any of the driving yourself, the routes we take are incredibly picturesque so you'll have a wonderful time as a passenger, taking in the views.
Please bear in mind that road rules still apply when you’re in Thailand and that your safety and the safety of those around you are our main priority. This is a driving tour and therefore not suited to those looking to party hard whilst away, and while we have factored in stopovers with non driving days (if you'd like to have a few drinks to unwind), anyone believed to be under the influence of alcohol or deemed to be irresponsible or unsafe behind the wheel will not be permitted to drive. Outside of scheduled driving time, public transport and local taxis will be available to get you where you want to go.
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