Join The Tuk Tuk Club and enjoy ‘the world’s best driving holiday’
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Our base camp in a stunning valley an hour outside Chiang Mai. This is where you’ll learn how to drive your Tuk Tuk, have a Temple blessing for the journey ahead and spend some time with elephants at a local elephant home.
Wind your way up tiny roads and through mountain communities before arriving at Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m. The National Park is our base for two nights while we explore the area, find beautiful waterfalls and trek through the forest.
Surrounded by forests, mountains and rivers and inhabited by Shan and other Hill Tribe groups, Mae Sariang is a lovely small town with fascinating temples, friendly people and the perfect river to sit by having a cold beer.
Forests, rice paddies, trekking and a mighty cool sunset bar in perhaps the best location in, if not the world, then at least in Thailand. If it was good enough for Brad and Angelina, then it’s probably good enough for us.
Once the ultimate ‘travellers’ hide away, now the location of your ultimate boutique hotel . Winding up and down mountains we arrive in the outskirts of Pai to spend a couple of nights in a fantastic small resort. Chill by the pool, explore local temples and forests or indulge your ‘hippy’ side and buy some tie-dye…
Pick up from Chiang Mai, transfer to Mae Wang. Tuk Tuk training and Temple blessing!
More Tuk Tuk training and visit to an elephant ‘home’ with the chance to walk with and bathe the elephants.
Driving your Tuk Tuk through mountain roads and passes to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m.
Trekking in National Park with stunning scenery and waterfalls.
Winding our way through rural lanes and roads and then over mountains to Mae Sariang. A stunning riverside town.
Journey through up and over more mountains and twisty roads to Mae Hong Son. Spend the evening in Thailand’s most beautiful bar (or chilling by the pool).
A free day to relax by the pool, explore local trekking trails (with your guide) or venture into Mae Hong Son village. It’s up to you.
More mountains, more great coffee shops and incredible vistas as we wind our way to Pai and our stunning hotel for the next two nights.
A free day to explore Pai, chill by the pool or explore temples, waterfalls and the local village.
We descend from the mountains back towards Chiang Mai city and then weave through small communities and villages on our way back to Mae Wang.
All good things come to an end. We’ll transfer you back to Chiang Mai city around mid-morning, if you can tear yourself away from your Tuk Tuk.
Can I do this?
Yes – as long as you’ve got a sense of adventure and flexibility of course you can.
What sort of people is this trip for?
Anyone who wants to see the ‘real’ Thailand from a different perspective and be amongst the first people to take part in this sort of travel in Thailand. NOTE: Other than nights 3 and 4 the accommodation is at a high 3* / 4 * level. Nights 3 and 4 are simple and ‘rustic’.
What do I need to bring?
A sense of humour, casual relaxed clothing and some spending money (around GBP 250-300 will be fine).
I don’t like Guest Houses!
Nights 3 and 4 in the National Park are in ‘rustic’ accommodation – taking advantage of the stunning surroundings. All other accommodation is of a very high standard (4*) with air-conditioning and even swimming pools (nights 6,7,8 and 9).
What if I don’t want to drive?
That’s fine – no-one is forced to drive but of course we do need at least 1 driver per tuk tuk.
I want to travel with a friend?
No problems and actually highly recommended. Rooms are shared on a twin basis and you can even ask to have a Tuk Tuk to yourself.
I want to travel with my family?
A great idea. We can’t allow travellers younger than 7 years old (and of course they can’t drive) but you can ‘comfortably’ fit a family of 4 in your tuk tuk.
I’m travelling solo?
Brilliant – what better way to make friends than on an adventure like this. You can share a Tuk Tuk and will ‘room’ with another solo traveller throughout the tour.
But I’ve got no sense of adventure?
Everyone’s got a sense of adventure even if it’s hidden away. Why not join us and find your inner adventurer?
What is The Tuk Tuk Club about?
We love travel, we love Thailand and we love a little bit of adventure.
We love Tuk Tuk’s, we love exploring and we love random villages and communities.
We love trekking, we love trying something new and meeting ‘real’ people.
We love ‘interesting’ food, ice cold beer (after a good days adventure) but we also love somewhere comfortable to sleep.
Ring any bells? Sound like you? Come and join us on the best travel experience Thailand offers.
The Tuk Tuk Club was the result of too many long flights, too much thinking / dreaming time and a few too many nights of far too many beers. Surely it’s possible to drive a Tuk Tuk around the mountains of Thailand we thought, everyone else seemed to think it wasn’t. A few months of navel gazing (planning!) later it turns out it is possible and in fact it’s hugely enjoyable and, even better, there are some awesome and very comfortable places to stay en route. And so ‘The Tuk Tuk’ Club was born.
The ‘Club’ is run by people who have been delivering travel experiences in Asia and beyond for year and years and share a huge passion for Thailand, for doing something a ‘little bit’ exciting and helping others to experience and see what they’ve been lucky enough to see. We are also far too fond of a nice ice-cold beer at the end of a day’s adventure…