07:45 - 08:30 - Chiang Mai city pick up
We offer a pick up service from your hotel / guest house in Chiang Mai city (pick ups are from between 07:45 – 08:30 depending on where you are staying and will be confirmed when you book) and our team will transfer you by private minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club HQ in Mae Wang, around 60 minutes South West of the city.
09:00-09:30 - Arrive at Mae Wang
On arrival in Mae Wang, our team will introduce you to your Tuk Tuk and begin your detailed driving training. The team take things very slowly to give you lots of time to get used to the controls (don’t worry – they are simple to drive once you are used to them) and to make sure everyone is feeling comfortable behind the wheel. And don’t worry – if you don’t want to drive a Tuk Tuk you can take in the scenery and enjoy the cool breezes from the super comfy back seats!
10:30 - On The Road
The Tuk Tuks are pretty easy to master and once everyone is ready to go (and has passed the driver test) you’ll off on convoy along tiny rural roads, snaking through farming villages and past rural Temples. Your guide always drives the lead Tuk Tuk making sure that you don’t lose your way and no-one is tempted to go too fast!
With frequent stops to explore and, importantly, make sure everyone has a good opportunity to drive, you’ll get a great insight into real rural life in Northern Thailand and be able to enjoy some spectacular scenery
12:30pm - Lunch for the elephants, and for you.
By lunchtime you’ll arrive at a lovely small elephant home where you’ll 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 giving you a great chance to watch these wonderful animals.
2:00pm Bath time
After lunch you’ll walk with the mahouts and the elephants through the countryside to the river where the elephants have their daily bath and enjoy playing in the water. Sit back and enjoy this wonderful scene or get into the river and watch the mahouts scrub the elephants clean, it’s up to you!
3:00pm Bamboo rafting
Now it’s time to enjoy some water activities of a different kind as you float gently along the 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 as a local villager steers your raft negotiating the twists and turns as you head downstream.
4:00pm 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 your last moments behind the wheel of Thailand’s iconic vehicle, the Tuk Tuk .The road curves and sweeps gently down the valley. as you make your way back to our base.
4:45pm Minivan to Chiang Mai
On reaching The Tuk Tuk Club HQ you’ll transfer back into a private minivan and we’ll take you back to your hotel, arriving around 5:30 – 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 fully fledged member of The Tuk Tuk Club!
5:30 - 6:00pm
Arrive back at your hotel in Chiang Mai city.