Thailand

Countryside Tuk Tuk Adventure: Join In

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: All day

9 hours    English    Chiang Mai

tour highlights

  • Leave the tourist trail behind as you are driven through beautiful countryside in a tuk tuk!
  • Explore remote northern Thai hilltribe villages
  • Spend an unforgettable time at an ethical elephant home as you walk with the elephants
  • Enjoy rafting gently down the local river

tour details

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. 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, tiny rural hill tribe villages, spend time with wonderful elephants and floating gently downstream on bamboo rafts. And who knows, perhaps even enjoy a cold beer on your final Tuk Tuk drive back to base!

Why choose this tour?

The perfect day trip for anyone in Chiang Mai who wants to witness authentic rural life, get up close and personal with elephants, try some bamboo rafting. All of this and you will be driven around in Thailand's iconic Tuk Tuk! Travelling in a Tuk Tuk means you can also enjoy the cool breeze and really get the sense of what 'real' rural Thailand is like.

    tour description

    Transfer by private vehicle to the Tuk Tuk base around 45-60 minutes South West of the city in the beautiful district of Mae Wang. On, our team will introduce you to your Tuk Tuk for the day. All Tuk Tuks have been specially modified to cope perfectly with the lovely mountain roads and to give you extra comfort and leg room (and you can even roll the roof back!) 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 in touch with everywhere you head.

    You will then head off in a convoy passing by small farming villages and through winding 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 great waterfall and then explore the local Hill Tribe village.

    By around 1:00pm you'll arrive in your Tuk Tuks at a small local elephant home where you'll have a hearty Thai lunch to make sure you have the energy for afternoon's adventures. After lunch 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! Next it's time to enjoy some water activities of a different kind as you float lazily along the local river on a traditional bamboo raft. Don't worry, there are no rapids along the way, rather this is a great opportunity to see the local surroundings from a different angle and have a huge amount of fun negotiating the twists and turns of the river.

    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 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!

    Important information
    - 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!
    - Up to two people can fit in to the back of each tuk tuk
    - Whilst each Tuk Tuk has 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
    - 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

    includes

    • Round trip transfer in join in, air-conditioned vehicle from/to Chiang Mai city hotel
    • Join In activities as per program & admission fees to the specified sightseeing points
    • Tuk Tuk and driver, bamboo rafting and elephant experience
    • Lunch (food only)
    • Professionally licensed guide who has license to drive the Tuk Tuk
    • Tour insurance
    • Service charge and applicable government tax

    excludes

    • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips etc.
    • Other services not specified in the program
    Tour code: EXCFTTAA

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