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11-Day Northern Thailand Self-drive Tuk Tuk: Join In

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 11 Days

English    Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son

tour highlights

  • An amazing 11 days/10 nights guided adventure tour through Northern Thailand driving your very own Tuk Tuk!
  • 2 x experienced guides accompanying the group
  • Support vehicle for bags, spare parts etc.
  • Trekking in Doi Inthanon and Mae Hong Son
  • Time spent at an Elephant home leading the way in elephant / human interaction
  • 3-4* accommodation throughout (except on nights 3 and 4 for the Doi Inthanon trekking)
  • A unique and exciting opportunity for everyone with an adventurous spirit
  • a trip for people who still love 'travel'

tour details

From Doi Inthanon to Mae Sariang and Mae Hong Son to Pai explore the very best of northern Thailand by driving your very own tuk tuk! These iconic three-wheeled rickshaws offer a classic Thai experience but with a unique twist – instead of being driven around, you’re going to do the driving. Fully insured and meeting Diethelm’s high standards for quality and safety this is the ultimate Northern Thailand adventure! Don’t forget to bring your driving license from home and spend eleven fun-filled days on winding mountain roads, past towering forests and cascading waterfalls. This adventure is driving holiday like no other!

10:00 hours We will pick you up from the CHIANG MAI GATE HOTEL 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 11:00 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 the journey ahead will be blessed! In the evening it's time
to spend more time getting to know your Tuk Tuk and enjoying a great Northern Thai buffet dinner.

Inclusions:
- Transfer from Chiang Mai Gate Hotel to our 'base camp'
- Full Tuk Tuk orientation and training
- Temple blessing
- 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)

Overnight at Khum Khun Wang Resort

Meals included: Lunch and Dinner
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 for the 20km or so to the elephant home giving all the opportunity to get some 'road time' and confidence. On arrival
the inspiration behind the home will talk about the history of the elephants, what he and his team 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 we'll have more drive practice as we head back to the base camp for dinner and
getting ready for an adventurous day tomorrow.

Inclusions:
- Tuk Tuk driver training
- Visit to the elephant home and all associated activities
- Breakfast, 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)

Overnight at Khum Khun Wang Resort

Meals included: Full board
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 Tuk's 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. Lunch will be in a roadside
snack bar - real Northern Thai style.

If you're feeling confident we can go up to the top of Doi Inthanon - your trusty Tuk Tuk can make it! - and around mid-afternoon, we'll arrive at your accommodation
for the next two nights.

Inclusions:
- Tuk tuks and support vehicle
- Breakfast and dinner (lunch at own expense - +/- 50THB)
- National Park entry fees
- Twin / triple / quad shared accommodation in Doi Inthanon - this is the most basic of the accommodation but intentionally to ensure you're located in the most stunning area and
perfectly located for the trek tomorrow. Fan cooled, en-suite bathrooms

Overnight at Doi Inthaon 'Homestay'

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
We're giving the Tuk Tuk's 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 8-9km (but with some hills!) which takes in great vista's and the obligatory waterfall.
Lunch is provided on the trek and your trekking guide is a mine of information on both the people and wildlife inhabiting the area all around you.
NOTE: This trek is suitable for all as long as you're able to walk 8-10km. The pace is gentle but there are some up and downhill sections as you'd expect in the mountains. This isn't a trek done
by thousands each year - rather it's been researched and developed just for The Tuk Tuk Club!
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.

Inclusions:
- Trek and trekking guide
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 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. Fan cooled, en-suite bathrooms

Overnight at Doi Inthaon 'Homestay'

Meals included: Full board
Time to get back on the road and today we head out of Doi Inthanon National Park towards our final destination of Mae Sariang, close to the Burmese / Myanmar border.
Our route winds through incredible scenery and some very quiet roads for the first section of the day and we then join the main road for the last hour or two into Mae Sariang. Towering trees, steep hills
and more than a few sharp curves are the order of the day and we'll, as always, take frequent stops to enjoy the area, let the Tuk Tuk cool down and to allow traffic to pass (and see all taking photos of
you as yet again everyone is stunned by the site to Tuk Tuk's up here)
We'll arrive in Mae Sariang around mid-late afternoon and check into our superb riverside accommodation for the night.
Mae Sariang is well worth exploring with friendly people, a fascinating mix of Thai and Burmese culture (Mae Sariang is home to many Burmese Muslims) and some interesting temples. Alternatively, have a
cold beer on the terrace over the river watching the sun go down!

Inclusions:
- Tuk Tuk's and support vehicle
- Breakfast
- Twin share riverside accommodation in Mae Sariang - air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms

Overnight at River House Resort

Meals included: Breakfast
Mae Hong Son is our destination today and we'll head up, over and around the mountains on one of Thailand's most stunning roads to reach there. With plenty of stops to change drivers, go 'wow' at the scenery
and chat to all and sundry wondering how on earth you're driving a Tuk Tuk. This is most definitely a day for your camera (and Go Pro!).
We'll arrive at your accommodation around mid-afternoon giving you enough time to check in, have a quick swim (yes, there's a pool!) and settle into the amazing sunset bar nestled right amongst the rice fields.
Cold beer has never tasted so good!

Inclusions:
- Tuk Tuks and support vehicle
- Breakfast
- Twin share accommodation outside Mae Hong Song town - air-conditioning, en-suite, swimming pool and stunning location!

Overnight at Fern Resort

Meals included: Breakfast
Another day off for your Tuk Tuk's and some time to do as you please. There's a fantastic 8km trek through the forest right from the resort grounds, a swimming pool to hang out by or
you can head into Mae Hong Son town to explore (around 10-15 mins by minivan).
Re-charge your batteries, re-cover from the sunset bar last night or stretch your legs in the forest, it's up to you.

Inclusions:
- Optional trek - one of our team will accompany you
- Breakfast
- Twin share accommodation outside Mae Hong Song town - air-conditioning, en-suite, swimming pool and stunning location!

Overnight at Fern Resort

Meals included: Breakfast
Pai, one of the most famous of all mountain towns in Thailand, is our destination today but before we get there we need to negotiate several hundred bends and some of the steepest roads on the trip.
With great forest, incredible views and a stop in Soppong for lunch to try local Shan food this is a great day and towards mid / late afternoon we'll drop down into the valley where Pai sits.
Your accommodation is 4-5km outside the town sitting amongst rice fields and great views wherever you look. There's also a lovely swimming pool to wash away the day's travel.

Inclusions:
- Tuk Tuks and support vehicle
- Breakfast
- Twin share accommodation outside Pai - air-conditioning, en-suite, swimming pool and stunning location!

Overnight at Phu Pai Art Resort

Meals included: Breakfast
Another day to let the Tuk Tuk's rest and give you the opportunity to do some exploring on your own. From caves and temples to hanging out by the pool or exploring the local villages, our guides are on
hand to help arrange all sorts of activities - or why not sit back and take in the great views from this fantastic resort (or lend a hand servicing and making sure your Tuk Tuk is in fine form for the final leg of
the journey tomorrow!)

Inclusions:
- Breakfast
- Twin share accommodation outside Pai - air-conditioning, en-suite, swimming pool and stunning location!

Overnight at Phu Pai Art Resort

Meals included: Breakfast
Setting off in the early morning we negotiate the final few hundred bends as we drop back down towards Chiang Mai and then our initial base camp of days 1 and 2.
You'll notice a huge change in the villages, people and temperature (!) as we head lower and lower and then through a number of small villages and towns on our route.
With plenty of opportunities to stop and explore we take today pretty easy and will arrive back in Mae Wang towards mid / late afternoon. Then it's time to freshen up before we have a group final dinner,
sharing the adventures of the last 10 days and enjoying your last moments with your very own Tuk Tuk.

Inclusions:
- Tuk Tuk and support vehicle
- Breakfast and dinner
- Twin / triple shared accommodation - air-conditioned and en-suite

Overnight at Khum Khun Wang Resort

Meals included:Breakfast and Dinner
After a lie in - it will have been a late night last night! - we'll transfer back to Chiang Mai Gate Hotel arriving around 12:30pm. You are now a fully-fledged member of The Tuk Tuk Club!

Inclusions:
- Breakfast
- Transfer to the Chiang Mai Gate Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

includes

  • Accommodation in shared Twin/Double room
  • All sightseeing tour and transfer services with private air-conditioned car/van as detailed in our itinerary
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
  • Transfers and tours with guide
  • Service charges, room tax and baggage handling
  • Drinking water and wet towels available on the vehicles
  • All arrangements as specified in the itinerary

excludes

  • Meals other than mentioned in the programme or drinks with meals
  • Domestic airfare in economy class (quoted separately)
  • Thailand visa fee (if required)
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
  • Optional tours
  • Compulsory Dinners (quoted separately if applicable)
  • Supplements for travelling during peak seasons (quoted separately if applicable)
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

notes

  • Please note that all timings given are approximate and subject to change.
  • Certain parts of the tours on offer are provided by independent third parties, such as airlines, hotels, transport operators and local tourist offices. Diethelm Travel is therefore not responsible for any loss,
    injury or damage caused thereby to the tourists, including those occurring outside of the normal touring programmers. Additional expenses incurred due to delay, accident, natural disaster, political actions
    and unrest shall be borne by the tourists.
  • We advise that due to frequent flight changes, delays and cancellations by the various domestic airlines and trains we cannot fully guarantee that the proposed itinerary can be carried out as planned.
    Based on our experience, changes of departure times and/ or cancellations can occur at very short notice even after confirmation of a flight has been received. The same applies for train travel: Schedule
    changes occur frequently; often without prior notification. In case of schedule changes or flight cancellations we always try everything possible to arrange an alternate programme within the framework of the
    original quoted costs. However, we reserve the right to charge any cost exceeding the original budget to the tour operator/ travel agent or to the participant of a tour after consultation with the agent.
  • Programmers, prices, services and conditions are based on those valid at the time of proposal submission and are subject to change thereafter without advance notice until all services have been paid in full.
  • For air ticket reservations, we require the guests' full names AS THEY APPEAR IN THEIR PASSPORTS. Airfares are subject to availability at time of booking, may change without notice and are not guaranteed
    until purchased and the e-tickets have been issued.
  • Please be advised that prices may be adjusted periodically in case of fuel price increase by our suppliers and hotel room availability at time of booking.
Tour code: PKCN11TA

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