Tuk Tuk Adventure in Northern Thailand (Chauffeur Driven/Self Drive)

(4 customer reviews)
Tour is rated as #2 in destination Chiang Mai
Duration 📅

5 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Accommodation 🛏️

2 Star Hotel, 4 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Small Group

Language 🌐


Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Boat

Difficulty 🚥


Visa 🛂

NOT Included


Tuk Tuks – 2 travelers per Tuk Tuk (up to 3 for the self-drive option)
Transfers from and back to Chiang Mai city (the meeting point and drop off point is The
Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) at the start and the end of the adventure
Experienced and passionate adventure guide and support team with you every step of the way (and an experienced driver for the chauffeur-driven option)
Visits to remote Temples and tiny rural communities, meeting wonderful elephants, bamboo rafting, and trekking in the foothills of Doi Inthanon
4 nights accommodation in superb locations
A support vehicle for your luggage
The best travel stories, after all, who else has traveled through the mountains of Thailand by Tuk Tuk
Tour Guide
Bottled Water

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💎 Why we love it ?

This is a 5-Day Tuk Tuk adventure including Chauffeur Driven which takes you high into the mountains of Northern Thailand all enjoyed. An action-packed adventure putting you right into the heart of the most beautiful part of Thailand. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the mountains with the best view possible – our specially converted Tuk Tuks able to cope with the mountain roads with ease. Remote Temples, off the beaten track Hill Tribe communities, elephants, bamboo rafting, trekking, incredible food, and of course, your Tuk Tuk and driver. Adventures don’t come any better.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Tuk Tuk Adventure in Northern Thailand (Chauffeur Driven/Self Drive)

Day 1: Arrival – Explore Remote Temples and Tiny Communities (L, D)

You’ll be picked up at 10:00 am from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL in Chiang Mai city and our team will transfer you by private minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club HQ in Mae Wang, around 45-60 minutes South West of the city.
On arrival, you’ll check into the super local hotel which is your base for the next couple of nights, and immediately get to meet your Tuk Tuk (you’ll become very fond of this wonderful machine over the next few days!) and of course meet your guide and support team.
You’ll then head for a delicious lunch at a ‘laid back’ local restaurant where your guide will run through all of the adventures ahead.
Then you’re off exploring tiny winding rural lanes, passing through rarely visited communities and fascinating Temples with stunning views. At one of the Temples, you’ll receive a blessing for the adventures ahead giving you a real insight into how communities interact with Monks and their local Temple.
You’ll arrive back at base in the late afternoon in time to freshen up and head out for a delicious traditional Thai dinner at a local ‘country – pub’. Great food, live music, and a very special place.

🏚️ Accommodation: Resort in Mae Wang.


Day 2: Waterfalls – Hill Tribe Villages – Elephants and Bamboo Rafting (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you’re back into your Tuk Tuk (we guarantee you’ll already be possessive about which Tuk Tuk is ‘yours’!) and you’ll head through the countryside and small communities to a fantastic pagoda at Wat Doi Sapanyoo with great views of the surrounding mountains, giving you a glimpse of where you’ll be heading tomorrow!
You’re then head North up the valley in your Tuk Tuk to a fantastic, small elephant home that is leading the way in taking elephants away from a life of trekking and instead of creating an environment where people can learn about and spend time with elephants on their terms, not ours!
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 (no riding allowed!) to the local river where you’ll bathe with them.
In the late afternoon, you’ll have a change of pace as we float gently downstream on bamboo rafts before it’s then time for a late afternoon convoy as we head back to the base camp to freshen up before heading out for dinner at a local family restaurant before getting ready for an adventurous day tomorrow.

🏚️ Accommodation: Resort in Mae Wang.


Day 3: And We’re Off – Doi Inthanon Here We Come (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast, you’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 everyone travels in convoy with the support vehicle at the rear (the support vehicle takes all your luggage, spare parts for the Tuk Tuks – always best to be prepared! – and huge amounts of water!). And note that each Tuk Tuk has a walkie talkie so not only can your guide let you know all sorts of information but you can also ask anything you need or simply chat with your fellow travelers!
The first 20-30km of the route is simple with gentle curving roads but we soon hit stunning switch backbends, 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 even begin to cover it – and you’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. Lunch will be in a roadside snack bar – hearty Thai fare!
You arrive at our accommodation mid-afternoon in the village of Mae Khlang Luang before jumping in another classic Thai mode of transport – a ‘Songtaew’ – a taxi adapted from a pick-up truck, which drives us to the summit of Doi Inthanon (over 2,500 meters) where you’ll explore some of the trails and take in the views.
This evening it’s time for a traditional Thai BBQ eaten over the rice fields as the sun sets over the mountains. A great end to a superb day.

🏚️ Accommodation: Resort near Doi Inthanon.


Day 4: Trekking (B, L, D)

The Tuk Tuks have a well-earned rest today as you head to explore the foothills of Doi Inthanon on foot!
Starting with a quick transfer by truck you then walk up into the forest led by a superb local guide (who knows everything about every tree and plant – and can spot a snake from miles away!) and then hike past stunning waterfalls, rivers, and towering trees.
There are a number of spots where you can cool off with a dip in the pools under the waterfalls and you’ll have a packed lunch (wrapped in leaves) in a clearing in the forest.
The hike ends with a walk back down into the village where you stayed last night and there’s the chance to enjoy the freshest coffee around at a local old-style mountain coffee shop – probably our favorite coffee shop anywhere in Northern Thailand.
NOTE – the trek/hike is suitable for all. The total distance is around 5-6km, we take it at a gentle place and after the initial uphill section, the majority of the hike is flat or downhill.
This evening it’s time for another superb feast – again overlooking the rice terraces – and perhaps one or two well-deserved cold beers!
TUK TUK DRIVING TIME: NA – No Tuk Tuk Driving Today

🏚️ Accommodation: Resort near Doi Inthanon.


Day 5: Time To Say Goodbye (B)

The 5-day adventure comes to an end this morning as you say goodbye to your Tuk Tuk and the team and transfer back to Chiang Mai City by private minivan. The transfer will take place in the morning and you will arrive in Chiang Mai (The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) before midday.

4 reviews for Tuk Tuk Adventure in Northern Thailand (Chauffeur Driven/Self Drive)

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  1. Tdogg_11

    As the final leg of a 9 month holiday we wanted a bit of an out there adventure. We had been to Northern Thailand before and loved it so why not explore it by Tuk Tuk! The company were a dream to deal with from start to finish. Our tour guide Graham was just the absolute best and made everything so much fun. The food and accommodation were amazing and the little coffee houses along the way will have you hooked in time. The quality coffee they serve out of these tiny roadside cafes beats any big coffee chains getting around. The obvious number 1 high light is the days on the road. I was a little worried I wouldn’t be confident driving and would get my partner to do it all but that wasn’t the case. The tuk tuks are easy to handle and in the end I didn’t want to share the driving at all.

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  2. IsobelA2013

    I was doubtful that 11 days driving was going to be the best holiday but it was! The scenery was magnificent and most was so untouristy that it suited me and my husband and 18 year old down to the ground. I now want either a tuk tuk or a motorbike. Hotels were a good mix and Tony and Mr Boon were always so helpful. Even when it rained it was fun! The range of activities was brilliant.Please go to new places so we can explore some more! Thanks for a fab holiday!

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  3. James H

    One word, sensational! Our guide Tony was great. Saw parts of northern Thailand that I would never seen. Accomodation on the trip was great, most meals included(will accomodate special diets) and the tuk tuk was awesome. Will be coming back to do the longer tour.

    Big thanks to Tony, Graham, Bruce, Mr Boone, Mr Big and everyone involved in this tour.

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  4. Helen T

    We travelled on the Tuk Tuk Club 11 day tour last May. I can do nothing but praise every aspect of this journey. The driver, the countryside, the sights, the food, the fantastic tour guides – everything was just perfect, Straight from booking the holiday when Bruce was able to help and answer all manner of questions, through to Graham and Tony our 24/7 guides nothing was too much trouble, I truly could not recommend this tour too highly and I’m lucky enough to have travelled extensively in the past,

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