Roads Less Travelled

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5 Day Tuk Tuk Tour of Northern Thailand

Five days on roads unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You’ll take in stunning mountain passes, tranquil country roads, and lanes and byways so far off the beaten track that some of the locals don’t know they’re there! It’s much more than driving a Tuk Tuk though. You’ll visit a Temple to get a blessing for your trip, stay the secluded Mae Wang valley, visit Hill Tribes, bathe elephants and spend a couple of days exploring the untouched jungles and pristine waterfalls of the Doi Inthanon National Park. So if you want to get off the beaten track in Northern Thailand, we might just be able to help.

What do you get?

  • One of our customised Tuk Tuks and all the fuel
  • Detailed, professional Tuk Tuk driver training
  • The very best local guides and a tour leaders with you the whole way
  • Fantastic, twin-share accommodation throughout the trip
  • Pick up and drop off in Chiang Mai City
  • A Temple blessing, elephant home visit and a jungle trek in Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners
  • A support vehicle to carry all your gear, so you don’t have to lump it about
  • And lots of extras along the way

Available Dates

  • 6th July 2020
  • 20th July 2020
  • 3rd August 2020
  • 17th August 2020
  • 7th September 2020
  • 5th October 20202
  • 19th October 2020
  • 16th November 2020
  • 7th December 2020
  • 4th January 2021
  • 18th January 2021
  • 1st February 2021
  • 15th February 2021
  • 1st March 2021
  • 15th March 2021
  • 29th March 2021
  • 26th April 2021
  • 10th May 2021
  • 24th May 2021
  • 7th June 2021
  • 21st June 2021
  • 5th July 2021
  • 19th July 2021
  • 2nd August 2021
  • 16th August 2021
  • 30th August 2021
  • 13th September 2021
  • 27th September 2021
  • 11th October 2021
  • 25th October 2021
  • 29th November 2021
  • 13th December 2021
  • 10th January 2022
  • 24th January 2022
  • 7th February 2022
  • 21st February 2022
  • 7th March 2022
  • 21st March 2022
  • 25th April 2022
  • 9th May 2022
  • 23rd May 2022
  • 6th June 2022
  • 20th June 2022
  • 4th July 2022
  • 18th July 2022
  • 1st August 2022
  • 15th August 2022
  • 29th August 2022
  • 12th September 2022
  • 26th September 2022
  • 10th October 2022
  • 24th October 2022
  • 7th November 2022
  • 21st November 2022
  • 5th December 2022

From £575 Per Person
(reserve your place with a deposit of just £50 pp)

Where you'll go

Mae Wang

Our base camp is in a stunning valley about an hour from Chiang Mai. This is where you’ll learn to drive your Tuk Tuk, get a Temple blessing for the journey ahead and spend some time with elephants at a local elephant home. A great way to spend you first day on the road.

Doi Inthanon National Park

Wind your way up back country roads and catch up with remote mountain communities before arriving at the towering Doi Inthanon - Thailand’s highest mountain at over 2,500m. An authentic Hill Tribe village near the National Park is our base for two nights while we explore the area, swim under beautiful waterfalls and trek through the untouched forest.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuk Tuk Training And A Temple Blessing

We’ll pick you up at 10:00am from the Chiang Mai Gate 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 11:30 we’ll check you in to 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 we can ‘make merit’ for the journey ahead!

In the evening it’s time to relax and enjoying a proper Northern Thai feast.

What's included?

  • Transfer from Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to our ‘base camp’
  • Full Tuk Tuk orientation and training
  • ‘Making merit’ at the local temple
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Twin / triple share accommodation in a beautiful resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms (single rooms can be requested but a surcharge applies)

Day 2: Tuk Tuks And Elephants

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 creating an environment where people can learn about and spend time with elephants on their terms, not ours!

We’ll head slowly in convoy to the elephant home, and you’ll build your confidence for the days ahead.  On arrival, you’ll learn about the history of the elephants, what the team at the elephant home 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 to the local river where you’ll bathe them.

In the late afternoon we’ll have more driving practice as we head back to the base camp for dinner and prep for the adventure ahead.

What's included?

  • Tuk tuk driver training
  • Visit to the elephant home and all associated activities
  • Twin / triple share accommodation in a beautiful resort in Mae Wang – air-conditioning, en-suite rooms (single rooms can be requested but a surcharge applies)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: The Road To Doi Inthanon

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 back bends, 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 Tuks this far up in the mountains – trust us, novelty doesn’t not 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. You’ll get a true taste of Northern Thai style cuisine with lunch at a roadside snack bar.

We arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon before jumping in another classic Thai mode of transport – a ‘Sorngtaew’ – a shared taxi adapted from a pick up truck, which drives us to the summit of the mountain.

What's included?

  • Tuk Tuks and support vehicle
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • National Park entry fees
  • Twin / triple / quad shared accommodation in Doi Inthanon – this is the most basic of the accommodation but intentionally so to ensure you’re located in the most stunning area and perfectly located for the trek tomorrow. You won’t be slumming it though, you’ll have fan cooled rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Day 4: TREKKING

We’re giving the tuk tuks 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 6km which takes in great views and a stunning waterfall.

Lunch is provided on the trek and your trekking guide is a mine of information on both the people and wildlife of the surrounding areas. The more questions you have, they happier they’ll be!.

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.

What's included?

  • Trek and trekking guide
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The same accommodation as day 3

Day 5: Time to say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuk

Your adventure comes to and end and we transfer back to Chiang Mai City.

"Unforgettable experience - It will easily go down as one of the most memorable experiences from our 2 months in Thailand."
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