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
Are you looking for a real adventure? If so, this trip’s the one for you! Join our tuk tuk club and explore the winding roads and epic scenery of northern Thailand in your pimped up vehicle. You’ll have your own personal driver so all you’ve got to do is put on your road trip playlist, sit back and enjoy the views! You’ll stop at remote hill tribe villages, breath taking national parks and amazing ethical elephant projects. It’s a totally unique travel experience.
- Visit an ethical elephant project and help to feed and bathe the animals
- Go trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park and stay in traditional forest huts
- Spend 2 days enjoying hippy Pai’s laid-back vibe
- Visit hill tribe villages, go bamboo rafting and swim in waterfalls
- Stay in a stunning selection of boutique accommodation
Day 1: Chiang Mai to Mae Weng. Welcome to the tuk tuk club! Meet the team in Chiang Mai for the transfer to Mae Wang. Get to know your driver and pimped up tuk tuk, before lunch at a local restaurant. Then head into the countryside, stopping a temple to receive a blessing from the monks. Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner and live music with the group this evening.
Day 2: Hill tribe trek and elephants. We’re off to an ethical elephant project today. Stop en route to hike through forest to a jewel-like waterfall. Take a dip before exploring a local hill tribe village. Then we’ll meet the ellies! Spend the afternoon with the animals, feeding and bathing them. This afternoon, we’ll drift down the river on bamboo rafts – what a day!
Day 3: Mountain roads. Hop in your trusty tuk tuk and travel along twisty country roads towards Thailand’s highest mountain. Stop to sample local food en route. On arrival at Doi Inathon we’ll head into the National Park and climb to the summit, before enjoying a traditional Thai barbecue this evening – yum!
Day 4: Doi Inthanon National Park. Today we’ll be trekking through Doi Inthanon National Park. Together with an expert guide, we’ll walk through forests and beautiful countryside, stopping for a leaf-wrapped packed lunch in a clearing. 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 5-day tour, this is where your adventure ends and you’ll be transferred back to Chiang Mai. If you’ve booked the 11-day tour, you’ll be heading towards our next destination, Mae Sariang. Check into your elegant riverside accommodation and chill out by the pool, or take the opportunity to go out and explore the town.
Days 6 – 7: Mae Hong Son. We’ll have plenty of stops on today’s scenic route, before arriving late afternoon. The eco-resort we’re staying in really has the ‘wow’ factor with an infinity pool and one of the best sunset bars we’ve ever been to (Brad and Angelina stayed here!). Day 7 is free. Wander into town, go on a forest trek from the resort, or simply relax by the pool.
Days 8-9: Pai. Put your road trip playlist on, sit back and enjoy some stunning views today. Stop for lunch at Lod Caves before arriving at our accommodation in the afternoon. This stunning resort has villa style rooms and a chic swimming pool. Relax at the resort or head into Pai to explore the nightlife. On day 9 you’ll have a free day. There are waterfalls, canyons and hot springs round Pai that you can explore, but you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the pool...
Day 10: Mae Weng. Set off early today for the last leg of our incredible journey. Stop at various communities and take in more breath-taking views along the way, before reaching base camp in Mae Weng by late afternoon. Later, we’ll head out for one final group meal and to share our memories of our tuk tuk adventure.
Day 11: Chiang Mai and farewell. It’s time to say goodbye, so give your trusty tuk tuk a hug, swap details with new friends, and take the transfer back to Chiang Mai – we’ll leave around midday to give everyone the chance to have a lay in before heading off.
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The tour starts at 10am on day 1 at Chiang Mai Gate hotel in Chiang Mai city. You’ll need to arrive in Chiang Mai the day before or earlier.
If you’ve booked the 5-day trip, you’ll be taken back to Chiang Mai just before midday on day 5.
For those on the 11-day tour, the adventure ends in Chiang Mai on day 11, late morning to early afternoon. We recommend that you don’t arrange flights home that evening until after 7pm, or if you can, the following day, regardless of which trip length you go with.
10 nights of accommodation are included. You’ll stay in high quality, 4-star accommodation with a hand-picked selection of riverside hotels, jungle hideaways and boutique resorts with individual villa style rooms.
- Nights 1,2 and 10 will be spent in Mae Weng in a hotel set in pretty grounds, in a peaceful area of the city.
- On nights 3 and 4, you’ll stay in the Doi Inathon forest huts in a breath-taking location. While the huts are not luxurious, it’s an immersive cultural experience and the setting more than makes up for it!
- On night 5 you’ll be staying right on the riverbank in Mae Sairang. A beautiful teak structure set in lush surroundings, it’s the perfect place to relax after a day out on the road.
- Nights 6 and 7 will be spent in a stunning eco-resort in Mae Hong Son. Surrounded by forest and rice fields and featuring a stunning infinity pool and epic sunset bar, this accommodation really has the ‘wow’ factor – so much so that Brad and Angelina stayed here a number of times!
- On nights 8 and 9, you’ll be staying on the outskirts of Pai in individual villa style rooms. The resort also has a stylish swimming pool.
Most rooms are twin share with air con and en suite facilities, apart from the forest huts in Doi Inathon which are on a twin, triple or quad share basis and are fan cooled (air con isn’t necessary in the mountains).
Breakfast will be provided on each day of your trip apart from the first (10 breakfasts). You’ll also enjoy 4 lunches and 5 dinners with us. You’ll have the freedom to eat wherever and whenever you like for the rest of the time. Thai food is very affordable and absolutely delicious. Let us know before you go if you have any dietary requirements.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip.
British passport holders arriving by land or air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. If you need to stay longer, it’s possible to extend your stay once, for up to 30 days. If you plan to stay in Thailand longer than 30 days, to work or use land borders regularly you must get a visa before you travel.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months following your date of entry to Thailand. Entry is usually refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing. Immigration officials may ask you for proof of onward travel (e.g. a return or onward air ticket) or adequate finances. You may also need a yellow fever certificate.
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to ensure that information is valid at the time of travel.