Get off the beaten track in Thailand

Northern Thailand has been bussed, cycled, trekked and moped’ed but has it ever been ‘Tuk Tuk’d’? Release your inner cab driver and take 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 this 11 day tuk tuk adventure 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.

Your 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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

So, the 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 R4’000 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 you 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?

Want more information? Give us a shout on +27 10 140 6583 or pop us a message on our ‘contact us’ page and let us put together the holiday of a lifetime!

4 Replies to “Get off the beaten track in Thailand”

    1. Hi Isabel, we’ve popped you an email with more information, let us know if you want us to check availability for the dates we’ve sent… it really is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

    1. Hi Natalie, we hope you are well! Please forgive the delay on responding to your comment we have been travelling in some remote destinations meeting with suppliers and inspecting hotels and this only popped up now that we have stable internet. I have given your details to David, our Travel Director and asked him to pop you an email with more information. Hope you have a great Tuesday, Lance (Managing Director)

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