Thai Tuk Tuk Experience
5 or 11 days from $1,023
- Learn how to drive a tuk tuk
- Get to feed and wash down the elephants
- Receive a journey blessing before heading out on your scenic journey
- Drive up to Thailand’s highest mountain and hike through the national park
- Meet the tribespeople in villages dotted around the mountains
- Stay in forest huts and four-star hotels
Go on a unique travel adventure through the twists and turns of Northern Thailand’s most scenic mountain routes on a driving tour unlike any other. You’ll learn to drive your own tuk tuk at our brilliant base camp in Mae Wang before setting out in convoy through some of the country’s most spectacular landscape, stopping along the way at some of the best off-the-beaten track destinations, from Doi Inthanon, to Mae Hong Son, and Pai. Spend time with elephants, meet hill tribes, trek through national parks, and stay in forest huts, as well as some rather luxurious hotels, on our wonderful Thailand tuk tuk experience.
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Day 1: Chiang Mai
Starting your adventure in Chiang Mai, you’ll meet up with your group and tour leader in the morning and make the journey to Mae Wang for tuk tuk training! On arrival, we’ll check into the accommodation at base camp and have a bite to eat before getting cracking with a two-hour driving session.
Day 2: Mae Wang
We’ll start today off with another driving lesson at base camp and then head out on our first proper drive to a local elephant project (about 20km away). We’ll spend some time at the project to learn about the incredible work that takes place there and then get to help feed the elephants before walking with them down to the river for a scrub down in the water.
Day 3: Doi Inthanon
Hitting the road early on day three, we’ll make our way up to Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanaon. 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 four we’ll get some time away from driving and get to explore the beautiful Doi Inthanon National Park on foot. We’ll hike between 8-10km through the park’s most spectacular sights, stopping to dangle our toes in rivers and the bubbling pools beneath natural waterfalls on the way.
Day 5: Depart or continue to Mae Sariang
You’ll have the option of booking our five-day or 11-day tuk tuk tour so, if you’ve opted for the five-day tour, this is where your journey ends and you’ll travel back to Chiang Mai. If you’ve chosen the 11-day option, your tour continues to Mae Sariang, a small town set amid forests and mountains right next to the Myanmar border.
Day 6-7: Mae Hong Son
Heading along another gorgeous mountain route, we’ll make the scenic journey to Mae Hong Son along around 140km of twisty road. Checking in at our accommodation on arrival, drivers will be able to let their hair down a little tonight with no driving on tomorrow’s schedule, so if you fancy a drink now’s your chance. Take the next day at your leisure with a bit of casual exploration.
Day 8-9: Pai
On day eight, we’re back behind the wheel, making our way along the scenic roads to our next stop, Pai, breaking for a spot of lunch on the way at the picturesque village of Soppong. The afternoon and next day are yours to spend sightseeing, going on an adventure, or just relaxing – it’s totally up to you.
Day 10: Mae Wang
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 factor in plenty of refreshment and leg-stretching breaks on the way. Once back on home turf, you might want to chill out before the group gets back together in the evening for a final meal out to mark our last evening together.
Day 11: Chiang Mai
Tuk tuks packed away, it’s time to head home or to onward adventures. We’ll leave base camp by midday on our included transfer back to Chiang Mai – the rest is up to you.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- Fully qualified and knowledgeable tour guides
- Accommodation (10 nights on 11 day and 4 nights on 5 day)
- 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
- Your own tuk tuk (to be shared between three)
- Arrival and departure transfer between Chiang Mai and Mae Wang
- Tuk tuk driving lessons
- Luggage carried separately in tuk tuk convoy
- Elephant home visit
- Hiking in Doi Inthanon National Park
- Mae Hong Son Forest trek
- National Park entrance fees
- 24/7 emergency support
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
During your tuk tuk experience, you’ll stay in a number of different locations, and with the exception of staying in forest huts on nights three and four, you’ll be staying in 4-star hotels for the duration of your trip. Each hotel is located in the best area on your route, to give you a fully immersive sense of Thailand’s beautiful landscape. All the hotels come with air-conditioned rooms and en-suites, and two of the hotels have swimming pools. You’ll be sharing a room with other members in your group on a twin, triple, or quad share basis. If you are travelling with friends or a partner, do let us know at time of booking, so we can ensure you are placed together.
You’ll be provided with breakfast every day of the tour, except on day one. We’ll also include three lunches and five dinners during the 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, and you’ll always have a wide choice of different food – so go wild and try out as much as you can. Your tour guides will always be on hand to help you decide where and what 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. Because the programme begins at 10am on your first day, it is important you arrive well ahead of time in order to meet the rest of the group to catch your free transfer to Mae Wang. 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 only evening flights are booked.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years however, families wishing to bring children along for the ride are welcome to do so; please contact us for more information.
If you plan to drive one of the tuk tuks rather than joining the tour as a passenger, you’ll need to hold a full driver’s licence, proof of which will be required before getting behind the wheel of any of our vehicles. 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 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.
Do I Need To Have A Driving Licence To Take Part In This Trip?
If you want to drive, yes. If you don’t want to drive, no. It’s as simple as that. If you are planning on driving one of our vehicles you must have a full driving licence; we can’t accept provisional licences.
How Far Will I Be Driving Each Day?
Mileage alters from day to day, but the maximum we’ll travel in one day is 180km.
Can I Take My Tuk Tuk Out Whenever I Like?
Afraid not, use of the tuk tuks is strictly limited to scheduled tour routes in convoy with our tour leaders. We will be staying in conveniently located accommodation in each of our destinations, and local transport and taxis are readily available at all.
Can I Drive A Different Route Through Thailand?
Nope, all driving is done in convoy with the rest of the group – this is a driving tour as opposed to vehicle rental, so we’ll all stick together – it’s more fun being with the group than going it alone anyway.
What’s The Average Age Of People Joining This Programme?
There will be a number of different people on this tour, some older, some younger, families, you name it – everyone’s welcome!
How Many People Can Travel In Each Tuk Tuk?
The tuk tuks are reasonably roomy and can fit three people comfortably in each. You’ll be travelling in a convoy of six tuk tuks with a tour guide driving up front in the first tuk tuk and another tour guide in the last tuk tuk, with luggage and supplies.