The Tuk Tuk Adventure
A unique tuk tuk experience!
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Group Size: Max 15
Trip code: TTTA
Duration: 5 or 11 days
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.
- Take tuk tuk driving lessons at our dedicated training centre before taking charge of your own tuk tuk and driving around beautiful Northern Thailand
- Navigate twisty mountain roads, stop off at small hill tribe villages, and take in the breathtaking views on route
- Visit an elephant home and learn about the project’s efforts to educate people on elephant welfare before helping to feed and bathe them
- Stay in beautiful mountain locations in four-star accommodation as well as spending two nights in traditional forest huts in Doi Inthanon National Park
- Go on incredible trekking experiences through Northern Thailand, stopping off at waterfalls and other natural beauty spots
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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You’ll need to arrange flights into Chiang Mai International Airport for the day before your programme start date due to the start time of 10am on day one of the itinerary, where you’ll need to meet the team to be transferred to the training centre in Mae Wang.
You’ll receive a transfer back to Chiang Mai city centre on the last day of your tour, arriving in the afternoon, so if you plan to fly home or travel onwards, please don’t arrange flights until that evening after 7pm, or if you can, the following day.
You’ll get to enjoy quality, 4-star accommodation during this tour in order to relax in comfort after your adventures out on the road. The only exception being the forest huts in Doi Inthanon, which are basic, but an experience not to be missed.
Nights one, two and ten will be spent in Mae Wang. You’ll get to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation at your hotel, which is set within pretty grounds in a peaceful part of the city and makes for a great starting point.
On nights three and four, you’ll have a unique travel experience staying in forest huts in Doi Inthanon. Consisting of simple rooms with basic facilities, you’ll be sharing on a twin, triple, or quad basis.
Your hotel on night five is located right on the riverbank in Mae Sairang. A beautiful place to stay with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom facilities, and excellent food, it’s the perfect retreat to relax in after a day out on the road.
Nights six and seven will be spent at a fantastic country resort in Mae Hong Son surrounded by forest and rice fields on a twin share basis in air-conditioned, en-suite rooms. The hotel also has a swimming pool and wonderful sunset bar.
On nights eight and nine, you’ll be staying on the outskirts of Pai, on the edge of a small village – the perfect location for a bit of peace and quiet. All rooms are a short walk to the onsite restaurant and swimming pool.
Breakfast will be provided on each day of your trip bar the first day. You’ll also get to enjoy three lunches and five dinners on us, but any other snacks, drinks and meals not included on the itinerary will need to be paid for locally, which is a great opportunity for you to try out the local cuisine – luckily Thai food is delicious!
You will need to be 18 and have a full driver’s licence in order to join this tour. Please note, this trip appeals to a wide range of people, including families, so your group might be made up of a diverse range of people. Children travelling with parents/guardians can be accommodated on this trip. Please contact one of our friendly travel advisors to find out more information.
You must also obtain an International Driving Permit before travel. UK citizens can easily obtain this from the Post Office for around £5.50
British nationals can enter Thailand without a visa for a stay of up to 30 days if arriving by air.
If you wish to extend your stay beyond these time boundaries, or plan to begin employed work during your stay, then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK. If you are not planning on working this will be a 60-day tourist visa.