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The Journey

Adventures of a lifetime

The world’s best driving holiday‘, ‘full beam exotic Asia‘ and ‘a journey into a nation’s soul‘ – The Sunday Times July 2017

Northern Thailand has been bussed, cycled, trekked and moped’ed but has it ever been ‘Tuk Tuk’d’? Release your inner cab driver and join us on a trip that puts you in charge of Thailand’s most iconic form of transport. Well, apart from an elephant and that wouldn’t be right, would it. We can guarantee numb bums, shaky arms, ringing ears, huge amounts of fun, more than a touch of luxury and a travel story to bore your friends with for years…

Starting and finishing in the beautiful Mae Wang valley The Tuk Tuk Club takes you on a journey through some of South East Asia’s most spectacular scenery, lets you stay in some of the coolest small hotels in the region and brings you in touch with local communities like you’ve never known before. Ever rocked up to a market in your own Tuk Tuk? If not, you’ve never really seen Thai hospitality at it’s best.

Winding mountain roads, towering forests, elephants, waterfalls, fascinating villages, all topped off with a super comfy bed and great food every evening. You really haven’t ‘done’ Thailand until you’ve ‘done’ The Tuk Tuk Club.

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MAE WANG

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.

DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK

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.

MAE SARIANG

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.

MAE HONG SON

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 certainly good enough for us.

PAI

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…

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1
    Pick up from Chiang Mai, transfer to Mae Wang. Tuk Tuk training and Temple blessing!
  • Day 2
    More Tuk Tuk training and visit to an elephant ‘home’ with the chance to walk with and bathe the elephants.
  • Day 3
    Driving your Tuk Tuk through mountain roads and passes to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m.
  • Day 4
    Trekking in National Park with stunning scenery and waterfalls.
  • Day 5
    Winding our way through rural lanes and roads and then over mountains to Mae Sariang. A stunning riverside town.
  • Day 6
    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).
  • Day 7
    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.
  • Day 8
    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.
  • Day 9
    A free day to explore Pai, chill by the pool or explore temples, waterfalls and the local village.
  • Day 10
    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.
  • Day 11
    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.

Important Stuff!

What’s included?

  • Your Tuk Tuk (of course) and all the fuel required.
  • Tuk Tuk driver training.
  • A professional guide and a tour leader with you the whole way – knowledgeable, fun and passionate about Northern Thailand.
  • Stunning, twin-share accommodation throughout the trip.
  • Transfers to and from Chiang Mai city.
  • A Temple blessing, elephant home experience and an awesome trek in Doi Inthanon National Park.
  • Breakfasts (11), lunches (3) and dinners (4).
  • A support vehicle taking all your luggage, leaving you to focus on having fun.
  • The best adventure you’ve ever had!

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 / grotty accommodation?
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?

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The Nitty Gritty

Start dates and prices

With each trip limited to a maximum of 15 travellers places fill up fast. But new tour dates are also continually being added to meet the demand!

Dates

Dates currently confirmed and available:

2018

  • 3rd January
  • 16th January
  • 29th January
  • 11th February
  • 24th February
  • 9th March
  • 22nd March
  • 1st May
  • 14th May
  • 9th June
  • 22nd June
  • 5th July
  • 19th July
  • 1st August
  • 14th August
  • 28th August
  • 10th September
  • 23rd September
  • 6th October
  • 20th October
  • 3rd November
  • 17th November
  • 1st December

2019

  • 5th January
  • 19th January
  • 2nd February
  • 16th February
  • 2nd March
  • 16th March
  • 30th March
  • 20th April
  • 4th May
  • 18th May
  • 1st June
  • 15th June
  • 29th June

Costs

£1295 per person March to October start dates

£1495 per person November to December start dates

If you book as a party of 3 in the same Tuk Tuk you’ll each get a 10% discount!

Start your adventure now and reserve a place on the trip of a lifetime for only £299 per person

(Please get in touch for single supplement rates)

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About The Tuk Tuk club

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…

Stories

Read about our adventures on our blog

Can you tan in a Tuk Tuk?

Can you tan in a Tuk Tuk? – Jess Metson’s great blog all about her 11 Day Adventure with The Tuk Tuk Club Days 1 & 2 in Mae Wang Signing up to The Tuk Tuk Club in Thailand seemed exciting, as my mum relayed the adventure ahead over the phone and emailed me the 11-day itinerary, which […]

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The Tuk Tuk Diaries – courtesy of Mark Bibby Jackson (Travel Begins at 40)

Many thanks to MarkBibbyJackson and his fantastic site www.travelbeginsat40.com for the blog below. If you’re after some great tips on all sorts of different travel adventures or even just some great travel writing have a look at Mark’s site. Travel Begins at 40 founder Mark Bibby Jackson has taken up the challenge to drive a tuk […]

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The best 1 day adventure in Chiang Mai? Very probably….

Northern Thailand has it all – from incredible mountains and elephants to warm and friendly people and amazing food. Not forgetting rafting, trekking, culture and glittering temples – and is a must visit on any half decent travel itinerary to Thailand or even South East Asia. And Chiang Mai is the beating heart of the […]

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