5 Days Northern Thailand Self Drive Tuk Tuk Adventure

Tuk Tuk Thailand

Tuk-Tuk is a Thai unique vehicle that is very well known to tourists around the world. Riding it is one of the MUST DO lists you should really experience when you have a chance to visit Thailand. However, if you think that being a passenger of a Tuk-Tuk is not exciting enough, why not try to DRIVE the vehicle yourself?

Day 1: Chiang Mai – Mae Wang (Arrival, Driver Training, and Temple Blessing) (-/L/D)

Day 2: Mae Wang (More Training and Elephants) (B/L/D)

Day 3: Doi Inthanon (And We’re Off – Doi Inthanon Here We Come)  (B/-/D)

Day 4: Trekking Doi Inthanon (B/L/D)

Day 5: Return to Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

Day 1
Chiang Mai – Mae Wang (Arrival, Driver Training and Temple Blessing) (-/L/D)

10:00: Pick up from the meeting point Chiang Main Gate Hotel in Chiang Mai City and transfer you to our training base for the adventure ahead.
On arrival at our ‘base camp’ in Mae Wang at around 11:00hrs. We’ll check you into your accommodation, have lunch together and then begin your driver training. Once everyone has got to grips with the basics we’ll head on your first test drive to a local temple where the journey ahead will be blessed!
In the evening it’s time to spend more time getting to know your Tuk Tuk and enjoying a great Northern Thai buffet dinner.
Lunch and dinner at Khum Khun Wang Resort (or similar)

Day 2
Mae Wang (More Training and Elephants) (B/L/D)

08:00: After breakfast we’ll go through more driver training, building on what you learned yesterday, and run through all the nitty-gritty of the trip ahead.
Then it’s time to venture a little further afield with a test drive through small country roads to a fantastic elephant home that is leading the way in taking elephants away from a life of trekking and instead of creating an environment where people can learn about and spend time with elephants on their terms, not ours!
We’ll head slowly in convoy for the 20km or so to the elephant home giving all the opportunity to get some ‘road time’ and confidence. On arrival, the inspiration behind the home will talk about the history of the elephants, and what he and his team are doing, and then, after a great lunch at the home, it’s time to enjoy the company of these wonderful animals. You’ll be able to feed them, get to know them, and then walk with them (no riding allowed!) to the local river where you’ll bathe with them.
In the late afternoon, we’ll have more drive practice as we head back to the base camp for dinner and getting ready for an adventurous day tomorrow.
Dinner at overnight at Khum Khun Wang Resort (or similar)

Day 3
Doi Inthanon (And We’re Off – Doi Inthanon Here We Come) (B/-/D)

After an early breakfast, we’re hitting the road and heading along small country roads towards Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon. Your guide will be in the lead Tuk Tuk and we’ll travel in convoy with the support vehicle at the rear. The first 20-30km of the route is simple with gentle curving roads but we soon hit stunning switch backbends, incredible scenery, and tiny Karen hill tribe villages as we make our way towards the National Park.
Enjoy the look of complete surprise from everyone as they see Tuk Tuk’s this far up in the mountains – trust us, novelty doesn’t even begin to cover it – and we’ll stop frequently to have a look at different villages/views and of course to sample some of the great coffee and snacks in small villages. Lunch will be in a roadside snack bar – real Northern Thai style (own expense approx.+/- 50THB).
If you’re feeling confident we can go up to the top of Doi Inthanon – your trusty Tuk Tuk can make it! – and around mid-afternoon, we’ll arrive at your accommodation for the next two nights.
Dinner and overnight at Doi Inthanon ‘Home Stay’ – Forest ‘Huts’ Style

Day 4
Trekking Doi Inthanon (B/L/D)

We’re giving the Tuk Tuk’s a well-deserved rest today and exploring the National Park on foot. Accompanied by an expert trekking guide we’ll explore the stunning forest around the area on a trek of around 8-9km (but with some hills!) which takes in great vistas and the obligatory waterfall.
Lunch is provided on the trek and your trekking guide is a mine of information on both the people and wildlife inhabiting the area all around you.
NOTE: This trek is suitable for all as long as you’re able to walk 8-10km. The pace is gentle but there are some up and downhill sections as you’d expect in the mountains. This isn’t a trek done by thousands each year – rather it’s been researched and developed just for The Tuk Tuk Club!
We’ll arrive back at the accommodation around mid-late afternoon, just in time to rest up, relax, and then enjoy a great countryside Thai feast.
Dinner and overnight at Doi Inthanon ‘Home Stay’ – Forest ‘Huts’ Style

Day 5
Return to Chiang Mai (B/-/-)

For those of you on the 5-day trip (don’t worry, it’s not too late to extend your adventure…) you’ll enjoy breakfast at the accommodation in Doi Inthanon, say fond farewells to your Tuk Tuk and then head by private minivan back to Chiang Mai city.
We’ll drop you off back at the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel around lunchtime.

Tour Price Includes

  • Your very own Tuk Tuk (up to 3 travelers per vehicle)
  • Join transfer to and from Chiang Mai city from meeting point and drop off point is the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
  • Driving training
  • 2 guides with you every step of the way
  • 4 Night accommodation in shared Twin/Double room:
  • 2 nights at Khum Khun Wang Resort or similar with air-conditioning, en-suite rooms
  • 2 nights Home Stay – twin/triple/quad shared with basic of accommodation but intentionally to ensure you’re located in the most stunning area and perfectly located for the trek for the next day. Fan cooled, en-suite bathrooms
  • 1 Day trekking in Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Support vehicle for your luggage

Tour Price Excludes

  • International airfare to/from Thailand.
  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if you require).
  • Transfer to and from your hotel to the meeting point Chiang Mai Gate Hotel at the start and end of the trip.
  • Optional tours.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenditure, such as meals, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the program.
  • Snacks/alcohol.
  • Activities not listed in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the program.

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