This is the perfect day for all authentic
travel lovers. Explore rural Chiang Mai with your guide and driver in comfy
back seats of our stunning Tuk Tuks. Visit remote Temples, forest waterfalls, small
rural hill tribe villages, spend time with wonderful elephants and float gently
downstream on bamboo rafts. And who knows, perhaps even enjoy a cold drink on
your final Tuk Tuk drive back to base!
either meet the group at the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel at 07:45, or we will pick
you up from your hotel between 08:00 and 08:30, (note – pick up’s can only be
provided for hotels inside the Chiang Mai ‘middle ring road’) and then transfer
by minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club’s base nestled in the Mae Wang valley around
45-60 minutes from the city.
On arrival in Mae Wang, our team will
introduce you to your Tuk Tuk for the day. All our Tuk Tuks have been specially
modified to cope perfectly with the lovely mountain roads and to give you extra
comfort and leg room (there is even a sunroof if you’d like!) to get the most
out of your day. There’s no air-conditioning but the breezes in the back seat
are perfect and keep you right in the heart of everywhere you visit.
You will then head off in a convoy of wonderful
bright orange Tuk Tuks through the Mae Wang valley. Passing through small
farming villages and along twisty roads your first stop is the remote and
rarely visited temple of Wat Doi Sapanyoo. Huge Buddha statues and stunning 360
degree views await.
Then it’s back into the Tuk Tuks and more
rural villages where visitors are still a novel rarity giving a great
opportunity to see life well off the beaten track as we head North up the
valley towards Mae Sapok, 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 forest waterfall where,
depending on the water levels, you can even sit in the pools to cool down!
By around 1:00pm you’ll arrive in your Tuk
Tuks at a small local elephant home where you’ll have a filling and tasty Thai
lunch to make sure you have the energy for afternoon’s adventures.
At the elephant home you’ll learn about the
history of the Thai elephant and also about the moves people are making to
create better and better futures for them.
Once you’ve been introduced to the elephants –
who have been taken out of a life of trekking and can no relax and enjoy their
time more naturally – you’ll be able to help the mahouts feed them and then
walk with the mahouts and their elephants (NOTE: No elephant riding is allowed)
through the local countryside to the river where you’ll help the mahouts wash
the elephants – a fantastic experience for you and the elephants!
time to enjoy travel of a slightly different kind as you float lazily along the
local river on a traditional bamboo raft. Don’t worry, there are no big rapids
along the way! Rather this is a great way to see the local surroundings from a
different angle and have a huge amount of fun negotiating the twists and turns
of the river as your expert rafter guides you downstream.
Once you’ve finished your bamboo rating it’s
time to jump back into the back seat of your Tuk Tuk and wind your way back
down the valley perhaps enjoying a well deserved cold beer as you travel along
the beautiful curving roads sweeping gently down the valley – and keep your
camera handy to catch the surprise of local communities seeing a convoy of Tuk
Tuks in this out of the way location.
By around 5:00pm you’ll arrive back at The Tuk
Tuk Club base in Mae Wang, say goodbye to your trusty vehicle and transfer back
to your hotel / guest house in Chiang Mai 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!
Can I book on my own / can I take a
whole Tuk Tuk?
We actively encourage solo travellers to book this trip –
what better way to meet and make friends than sharing time behind the wheel of
one of Thailand’s most famous icons
You can of course also book as a group of 2 and ensure that
you have a Tuk Tuk to yourselves
The maximum group size for each trip is 12 – 2 adventurers
per Tuk Tuk. However, you can fit a third person in your Tuk Tuk (under the age
of around 12) depending on their size (but please note there are only 2 seat
belts in the back of each Tuk Tuk)
Each trip will consist of up to 6 Tuk Tuks - the lead vehicle driven by one of our
professional guiding team and all others in the convoy driven by our
The Tuk Tuk’s
All the Tuk Tuk’s are original, classic ‘Bangkok style’ Tuk
Tuk’s but modified slightly both for comfort (a touch more leg and head room)
and also to ensure that they can cope perfectly with the mountain roads. They
all also can ‘roll’ the roof back if you’re keen to see a little more sunshine!
The Tuk Tuks are bright orange – there’s no doubt people will
see you coming – and all have their own names and, we think, different
What do I need to bring?
most important thing to bring with you is a sense of adventure! After all you’re going to be exploring some of the
greatest parts of rural Northern Thailand in a Tuk Tuk. There of course isn’t
any air-conditioning (although the breezes keep you cool) and whilst we have
rain covers, you might get a little wet in the heaviest of downpours – all part
of the adventure!.
We recommend lightweight cool clothes (shorts and t-shirts
are perfect) for the trip. You may also like to bring an extra pair of shorts /
t-shirt to change into after you’ve been bathing the elephants and rafting.
Please wear shoes / flips flops that you don’t mind getting
wet and or dusty / dirty – this isn’t the trip for you brand new spotless
Water is provided throughout the day but you
might like to bring some money with you to cover other soft drinks / snacks you
may like to buy along the way, and even perhaps a nice cold beer for the final
Tuk Tuk ride back to base camp! 200THB per person should be more than adequate
· Transfers from and to Chiang
Mai city – pick up either from our meeting point at The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
at 07:45 or from any hotel in the city (pick up time will be confirmed once we
know where you are staying)
A super comfortable specially
built Tuk Tuk to keep you right in the heart of the action
Passionate, professional Tour
Guides getting you under the skin of the area
An experienced Tuk Tuk driver
meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy the views
A real rural Thailand
experience as you drive through farming villages and hamlets
A visit to a local elephant
home where you’ll learn about, feed and walk with the elephants and then help
their mahouts bathe them in the local river. NOTE: No riding is allowed at this
A filling and tasty lunch at
the elephant home
Bamboo rafting along the local
Re-useable Tuk Tuk Club water
bottle (to keep!) and fresh water throughout the day
Passionate and professional
tour guides looking after you every step of the way
- The adventure doesn't include any snacks or drinks (except water which is of course provided) throughout the day
- Gratuities for the guide team are also not included
Meeting Point: Chiangmai Gate Hotel " Wuai-Lai Wailing Street "
We will either pick you up at our meeting point (The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) at 07:45 on the day or your adventure or we can pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city - just let us know at least 2 days before your trip where you are staying