Is this the best way to experience off the beaten track Thailand? We certainly think so.
Get behind the ‘wheel’ of your very own Tuk Tuk and explore the stunning mountains and back roads of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces, experiencing the real Thailand well away from the crowds. With two guides leading the way and more adventure that you can really expect in 11 days, this is the journey of a lifetime and one that will give you bragging rights for years to come.
Day 1: Pick up from Chiang Mai and transfer to our base camp for your driver training and Temple blessing. Explore stunning rural communities and get a real sense of Northern Thai life. We have a great Thai feast in the evening to really get your taste buds going.
Day 2: More exploring this morning as you refine your driving skills and see some stunning small villages. Then it’s time to visit a small elephant home leading the way in elephant care where you’ll learn about the elephants and have the opportunity to walk with them to the local river and help bathe them (Note – no riding allowed). Next it’s time to float gently downstream on bamboo rafts seeing the world from a slightly different perspective.
Day 3: Today is where the real adventure starts as we head up into the mountains, navigate awesome twisting roads and pass through stunning hill tribe villages. By mid afternoon we’ll arrive at our overnight village and transfer into trucks to drive up to the roof of Thailand – Doi Inthanon.
Day 4: We give the Tuk Tuks a break today as we explore the surrounding forest on foot – think huge waterfalls, towering trees and cool hill tribe villages. A fantastic day getting right under the skin of Northern Thailand.
Day 5: We’re back on the road today as we wind our way towards Mae Sariang, our overnight location. And when we arrive why not chill in the pool by the river with a cold beer – life’s not too bad at all.
Day 6: A fabulous day of exploring as we head North towards Mae Hong Son. More mountains, winding roads, huge forests and cool villages. We stop for lunch at one of the best roadside restaurants in the country and then enjoy the greatest sunset bar in Thailand at our overnight accommodation!
Day 7: Another day off for the Tuk Tuks and one for you to choose what you’d like to do – hang out by the pool, head off trekking or even explore Mae Hong Son town, it’s totally up to you.
Day 8: We’re back on the road today heading to the famous travellers hang out of Pai. We’ll arrive by late afternoon and it’s then time to check into your awesome resort bungalows and take advantage of the infinity pool with views over the rice fields and mountains.
Day 9: Enjoy all that Pai has to offer, or opt to soak up some sun by the pool. It’s up to you as today is a free day, although the guide team will of course be on hand with suggestions and helping you to organise what you’d like.
Day 10: A stunning last day of driving as we had down from the mountains back to base camp. Taking the route less travelled we pass by remote hot springs, tiny villages with amazing Temples and get to see places that very few visitors come anywhere near – this really is a special and adventurous day. Then, once we’ve all freshened up it’s time for a celebratory meal back at base-camp to celebrate an amazing adventure.
Day 11: Say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuk and head back to Chiang Mai city arriving by lunchtime.