Get right off the track and explore stunning rural Chiang Mai from the comfy back seats of Thailand’s vehicle on the Chauffeur Driven Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai
Get right off the beaten track and explore stunning rural Chiang Mai from the comfy back seats of Thailand’s most iconic vehicle – the Tuk Tuk. Spend the day with the wind in your hair and the sights and sounds of rural villages all around you as you explore the very best of this wonderful part of the world on Chiang Mai’s most exciting one day adventure.
The Chauffeur Driven Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai is the perfect day for all authentic travel lovers. Explore rural Chiang Mai with your guide and driver from our specially built Tuk Tuk – with more leg room, more head room and even a roll back roof! 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 beer on your final Tuk Tuk drive back to base!
DETAILED ITINERARY for the Chauffeur Driven Tuk Tuk Adventure in Chiang Mai
07:45 – 08:15AM
Our team will pick you up from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 07:45 and 08:15 (the exact time will be confirmed once we know where you’re staying!) and you’ll then transfer by private minivan to The Tuk Tuk Club’s base, nestled in the Mae Wang valley, around 45-60 minutes from the city.
09:00 – 09:30AM (APPROXIMATELY)
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 12:30pm you’ll arrive in your Tuk Tuks at a small, private 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!
Now it’s 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 4:45PM 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 between 5:30 and 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!