08.00 - Chiang Mai Gate Hotel Pick Up
The day starts with our team picking you up from your hotel / guest house in Chiang Mai city to get the adventure started. Once you let us know where you are staying we’ll be able to confirm the pick up time for you. You will transfer by private vehicle to the Tuk Tuk base around 45-60 minutes South West of the city in the beautiful district of Mae Wang.
09:30 - Arrive at Mae Wang
On arrival in Mae Wang, our team will introduce you to your Tuk Tuk and your driver. Then it’s time to take in the scenery and the cool breeze from the comfy seats in the back!
10:30 - On The Road
Once everyone’s ready, we’ll head off in a convoy of wonderful Tuk Tuks through the Mae Wang valley. You’ll drive through small farming villages and through winding roads, until you reach the remote and rarely visited temple of Wat Doi Sapanyoo. Huge Buddha statues look out across the valley and offer stunning 360 degree views across the country.
Then it’s back into the Tuk Tuks and an off the beaten track drive up the valley towards Mae Sapok: it’s a stunning picture postcard valley with rice terraces, water buffalo and often elephants hanging out by the local stream. You’ll take a short walk through the forest to a beautiful waterfall and then explore the local Hill Tribe village.
1:00pm - Lunch with the elephants
We’ll arrive at the elephant home just in time for lunch. It’s a chance to not only learn about the past, present and future of the Thai Elephant but also have the opportunity to interact with them.
Once you’ve been introduced to the elephants – who have been taken out of a life of trekking and can now relax and enjoy their time more naturally – you’ll be able to help the mahouts feed them.
After you’ve fed the elephants it’s time to sit down to a hearty Thai lunch. You’ll eat close to the elephants, so you’ll get a chance to watch them in their natural surroundings.
2:00pm Bath time
After lunch you’ll walk with the mahouts and their elephants through the local countryside to the river where you’ll help with elephant bath time – a fantastic experience for you and the elephants!
3:00pm River rafting
Now it’s time to enjoy some water activities of a different kind as you float lazily along the local river on a traditional bamboo raft. Don’t worry, there are no rapids along the way, rather this is a great opportunity to see the local surroundings from a different angle and have a huge amount of fun negotiating the twists and turns of the river.
4:OOpm Tuk Tuk back down the valley
It’s time to jump back into your Tuk Tuk and wind your way back down the valley enjoying you final back-road trips in your Tuk Tuk. The road curves and sweeps gently down the valley. Be sure to have your camera out to catch the surprise on the faces of the locals when they see you driving a Tuk Tuk!
5.00pm Minivan to Chiang Mai
On reaching The Tuk Tuk Club HQ you’ll transfer back into a minivan and we’ll take you back to your hotel, arriving around 6:00PM giving you plenty of time in the evening to reflect on the incredible day you’ve had and the fact that you’re now a member of The Tuk Tuk Club!
Arrive back in Chiang Mai City.