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Unique Experiences: ● Learn to drive your very own tuk-tuk!
● Drive your tuk-tuk through farming villages and rural hamlets.
● Feed and bathe elephants at a local elephant home.
● Enjoy a relaxing bamboo rafting trip down a tranquil river.
Participants: Shared Group Experience – Normally has more than 2 people in a group and expect to share your experience with up to 18 others (3 travellers per tuk-tuk). Each trip will consist of up to 7 Tuk-Tuks – the lead vehicle is driven by one of the local professional guides.

You may also choose to book this tour with just one person.
Trip Length: 1 Day(s) 0 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season: Chiang Mai is a year round destination where each season has its benefits. The best time to visit is November to February, when it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest, around 20-25 degrees. From March until May temperatures can rise to 39 degrees and it is dry.
Type of Transportation: Minivan, Tuk Tuk
Physical Rate: 2 /5
Child Policy: Child Age
● Children 7 – 17 years of age

This tour is not recommended for:
Children below 7 years old.
The minimum age for travellers on this day trip is 7 years old.
Children between 7 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Included in Price: Meals: 1 x Lunch
Transport: Pick-up & Drop-off from/to your hotel in Chiang Mai City Centre
Others/Activities: Excursions according to tour itinerary

There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guides as noted in the itinerary.
Excluded from Price: All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Itinerary

You will be picked up from your accommodation in the morning between 08.00am and 08.30am. Please be ready in the hotel lobby 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time. We’ll travel by van to our base in Mae Sot, arriving around 9:30am.

At our Mae Wang basecamp, our team will introduce you to your tuk-tuk and begin your driving training. If you don’t want to drive a tuk-tuk, don’t worry and just enjoy the joys of nature’s air-conditioning from the breeze in in the backseat. The tuk-tuks are pretty easy to master and once everyone is feeling comfortable behind the wheel, we’ll head through tiny rural roads, snaking through farming villages and past rural temples. One of our guides always drives the lead tuk-tuk, making sure that you don’t lose your way and no-one is tempted to go too fast!

With frequent stops to explore and, more importantly, to make sure everyone has an opportunity to drive, you’ll get a great insight into rural life in Northern Thailand. Something that’s not as easy to come across as you’d think.

By late morning we’ll arrive at the elephant home where you’ll not only learn about the past, present and future of the Thai Elephant, but also have the opportunity to interact with them. Once you’ve been 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’ll help the mahouts feed the majestic beasts.

After you’ve fed the elephants it’s time to sit down to a feast of traditional Thai food, right next to the elephants so you can continue watching them and seeing how they interact with each other. Once you’ve finished lunch, you’ll walk with the mahouts and their elephants through the local countryside and to the river where you’ll help the mahouts wash the elephants – a fantastic experience for both you and the elephants!

We’ll 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 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 4:00pm, you’ll jump back into your tuk-tuk and wind your way back down the valley, enjoying your last moments behind the wheel of a real Thailand ‘icon’. The road curves and 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!

On reaching basecamp, you’ll transfer back into a minivan and we’ll take you back to your hotel, arriving around 6:00PM to give you plenty of time to reflect on the incredible day you’ve had!

Please Note: all drivers must be aged 18 or over and hold a valid manual driving license. No elephant riding is allowed.

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Locations Visited:
Mae Wang
Start City:
Chiang Mai
End City:
Chiang Mai

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