Thai Tuk Tuk Experience
5 or 11 days from £699
- Feed and bathe elephants at an ethical elephant project
- Drive up Thailand’s highest mountain Doi Inthanon and hike the National Park
- Meet indigenous tribes in rural villages
- Spend 2 days enjoying bohemian Pai
- Stay in a stylish selection of 4 star hotels, eco-resorts and forest lodges
Discover Northern Thailand’s most scenic mountain routes on a driving tour unlike any other. Travel through the country’s most spectacular landscape in your own tuk tuk with driver, staying in a hand-picked selection of stylish accommodation and rural retreats. You’ll visit Thailand’s highest mountain, national parks, waterfalls, hill tribe villages and an amazing ethical elephant project. Choose from either 5 or 11 days of adventure – it’s an unforgettable experience!
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Day 1: Chiang Mai.
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Meet your group in Chiang Mai and travel to tuk tuk HQ in Mae Weng. This afternoon we’ll have our first outing in the tuk tuks, into the surrounding countryside. Take in the gorgeous views and receive a blessing from a monk at a local temple. Tonight we’ll enjoy some delicious dinner and live music together!
Day 2: Mae Weng.
This morning we’re off to a local elephant project with a stop at a waterfall and a Karen hill tribe village en route. Visitors are not permitted to ride the elephants. Instead you’ll get involved with their care – walking them, bathing them in a local river and feeding them. Later this afternoon you’ll go bamboo rafting before heading back for a group dinner.
Day 3: Doi Inthanon.
Hitting the road early on day 3, we’ll make our way up to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. It’s a lengthy climb at 120km-140km, but we’ll make plenty of stops on the way to enjoy the views. We’ll be spending tonight and tomorrow night in unique forest huts, so take the opportunity to enjoy the peace and serenity of your surroundings.
Day 4: Doi Inthanon National Park.
On day 4 we’ll have some time away from the tuk tuks and explore the beautiful Doi Inthanon National Park on foot. Hike between 5 and 6km past the Park’s most spectacular sights before enjoying a traditional Thai feast this evening.
Day 5: Depart or travel to Mae Sariang.
If you’ve opted for the 5-day trip, this is where your journey ends and you’ll be transferred back to Chiang Mai. If you’ve chosen the 11-day option, you’ll continue on to our stunning accommodation in Mae Sariang. Chill by the pool this afternoon, or explore the town. Later, watch the sun go down on the hotel’s riverside terrace with a beer.
Day 6 – 7: Mae Hong Son.
Make the scenic journey to Mae Hong Son. We’ll make lots of stops en route, including lunch at one of Northern Thailand’s best roadside cafes. We’ll arrive at our eco-resort late afternoon, where you can unwind by the incredible infinity pool. Day 7 is free time so explore the town, go on a forest trek or just relax.
Day 8-9: Pai.
On day 8, we’re back on the road, making our way to our next stop, Pai. We’ll break for lunch at Lod Caves before arriving at our accommodation just outside Pai. The afternoon and next day are yours to spend sightseeing, going on an adventure, or just relaxing.
Day 10: Mae Weng.
Today we’ll be heading back to base camp in Mae Wang. It’ll be the longest drive of our journey at around 180km, but we’ll make lots of stops. We’ll reach Mae Weng by late afternoon and enjoy a final meal together after the sun goes down.
Day 11: Chiang Mai and farewell.
Tuk tuks packed away, it’s time to head home or to onward adventures so swap numbers and say your goodbyes. We’ll leave base camp by midday on our included transfer back to Chiang Mai.
- 10 nights’ accommodation (or 4 if you booked the 5-day option)
- 11-day trip: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
- 5-day trip: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
- Your own tuk tuk (up to 2 travellers per vehicle)
- Personal tuk tuk driver
- Support vehicle for luggage
- Walkie talkies in vehicles
- Drinking water
- Tour guide
- Temple visit with blessing
- Waterfall and Karen village trek
- Visit to ethical elephant project
- Bamboo rafting
- Entry to Doi Inthanon National Park
- Doi Inthanon trek and guide
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Most meals, plus snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
10 nights of accommodation are included. You’ll stay in high quality, 4-star accommodation for most of the trip, with the exception of nights 3 and 4 when you’ll be in rustic forest huts in a breathtaking location. The hotels are in the most beautiful areas on your travel route, so you’ll really get to see the best Northern Thailand has to offer.
- Nights 1, 2 and 10 will be spent in Mae Weng in a hotel set within tropical grounds, in a tranquil area.
- On nights 3 and 4, you’ll be in forest huts in Doi Inathon. The huts are not luxurious but the setting is unforgettable and you’ll be immersed in local culture.
- On night 5 you’ll be staying in a beautiful teak guest-house on the riverbank in Mae Sairang. Nights 6 and 7 will be spent in a spectacular eco-resort in Mae Hong Son, with infinity pool and sunset bar. This accommodation is something special –Brad and Angelina stayed here a number of times and if it’s good enough for them!
- On nights 8 and 9, you’ll be staying just outside Pai in individual villa style accommodation with a shared 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).
You’ll be provided with breakfast every day of the tour, except on day 1. We’ll also include 4 lunches and 5 dinners during the11-day trip and 4 lunches and 4 dinners during the 5-day trip. The rest of your food and drinks will need to be selected and paid for locally by you. There are lots of wonderful places to eat, and Thai food is excellent, so go wild and try as much as you can. Your tour guides will always be on hand to help you decide where to eat if you need any guidance.
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) the day before your scheduled programme start date or earlier. Because the programme begins at 10am on day 1, it is important you arrive well ahead of time. You’ll meet your guide and group at Chiang Mai Gate hotel for your free transfer to Mae Wang.
We’ll transfer you back to Chiang Mai Gate Hotel for late morning / early afternoon for both the 5-day and 11-day trips. Please arrange return flights or onward travel from Chiang Mai International Airport on the day following your last scheduled programme date or, if you want to depart on the last day, please ensure you book flights in the evening.
You must be at least 18 years old to join this trip.
British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Please ensure your passport is valid, with six months’ remaining on the date of your planned return, and that you hold a valid return flight ticket. If you plan to stay in Thailand for more than 30 days you will need to apply for a visa before departing the UK, which will be issued as a 60-day tourist visa so long as you’re not planning on taking paid work during your stay.
How Far Will We Be Driving Each Day?
Mileage varies, but the maximum we’ll travel in one day is 180km and there will be lots of stops en route.
How Many People Can Travel In Each Tuk Tuk?
Our tuk tuks have been specially modified with extra back seat comfort, improved visibility for views and the option to roll back the roof. They are roomy and you can comfortably fit 2 people in the back.
Will My Luggage Fit In The Tuk Tuk?
No need! You’ll be travelling in convoy with the tour guide in the first tuk tuk and all luggage and supplies in a dedicated tuk tuk at the back.
Who Will Be Driving My Tuk Tuk?
You’ll have a dedicated driver for the duration of the trip – you’re sure to become firm friends!
Can My Driver Take A Different Route?
Afraid not. All driving is done in convoy with the rest of the group. It’s more fun to stick together anyway!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.