Chiang Mai Drive Your Own Tuk-Tuk
The perfect day trip for anyone in Chiang Mai combining driving your very own Tuk-Tuk, seeing real rural life, walking with and bathing elephants and bamboo rafting. We’ll spend a little time teaching you how to drive your vehicle before heading out to see farming villages and small hamlets on the outskirts of the city of Chiang Mai. We’ll drive to an elephant home where you can observe and interact with and learn about these majestic beasts. Then we’ll switch gears and put you on a bamboo raft for a little jaunt down a local river.
Learn to drive your very own tuk-tuk!
Expect to share your experience with up to 18 others (3 travellers per tuk-tuk).
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Minivan, Tuk Tuk
Adults: 18 to 99 years of age
Children: 7 to 17 years of age
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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Transfers to and from Chiang Mai city – 07:45 at the meeting point (Chiang Mai Gate Hotel) or between 08:00 and 08:30 at your Hotel in Chiang Mai city centre hotel.
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Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
All drivers must be aged 18 or over and hold a valid manual driving license. No elephant riding is allowed.
You will be picked up from your accommodation in the morning between 8:00 and 8.30. Please be ready in the hotel lobby 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. We will travel by van to our base in Mae Wang, arriving around 9:30.
At our Mae Wang basecamp, our team will introduce you to your tuk-tuk and begin your driving training. If you do not want to drive a tuk-tuk do not worry and just enjoy nature’s air-conditioning from the breeze in the backseat. The tuk-tuks are pretty easy to master and once everyone is feeling comfortable behind the wheel, we will head through tiny rural roads, snaking through farming villages and past rural temples. One of our guides will always drive the lead tuk-tuk, making sure that you do not lose your way and no one is tempted to go too fast!
You will make frequent stops to explore and, more importantly, make sure everyone has an opportunity to drive. You will get great insight into rural life in northern Thailand; something that is not as easy to come across as you would think.
By late morning, we will arrive at the elephant home where you will not only learn about the past, present and future of the Thai Elephant, but also have the opportunity to interact with them. Once you are introduced to the elephants – who have been taken out of a life of trekking and can now relax and enjoy their time more naturally – you will help the mahouts feed the majestic beasts.
After you have fed the elephants, it is time to sit down to a feast of traditional Thai food right next to the elephants. You can continue watching them and seeing how they interact with each other. Once you have finished lunch, you will walk with the mahouts and their elephants through the local countryside and to the river where you will help the mahouts bathe the elephants – a fantastic experience for both you and the elephants!
We will enjoy some water activities of a different kind as you lazily float along the local river on a traditional bamboo raft. Do not worry, there are no rapids along the way, so 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.
At around 16:00, you will jump back into your tuk-tuk and wind your way back down the valley, enjoying your last moment behind the wheel of a real Thai ‘Icon’. The road curves, sweeps gently down the valley and be sure to have your camera out to catch the surprise of the local community when they see you driving your very own tuk-tuk!
Upon reaching basecamp, you will be transfer back by minivan and arrive at your hotel around 18:00, which will give you plenty of time to relax and maybe enjoy a beer!
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