Self Drive Tuk Tuk and Hilltribe Adventure

Price
From USD$740 Per Person
Highlights
  • Adventure: Self Drive Tuk Tuk
  • Savour: Jungle Cooking and Thai BBQ
  • Experience: Tribe Village Camp
  • See: Do...Read More
    Highlights
    • Adventure: Self Drive Tuk Tuk
    • Savour: Jungle Cooking and Thai BBQ
    • Experience: Tribe Village Camp
    • See: Doi Inthanon, Karen Village
  • Details
  • Itinerary
  • Includes & Excludes
  • Travel Tips
  • GALLERY

Self Drive Tuk Tuk and Hilltribe Adventure

Get Ready! Get Set! Let’s Tuk Tuk!

The perfect 5 Day adventure for all visitors travelling to the North of Thailand – mountains, Hill Tribes, jungle cooking, trekking, off-the beaten path destinations and the thrill of driving your very own Tuk Tuk.

Additional Information

Age: Participants must be age 18+
Luggage: 1 Piece of standard size luggage per adventurer. Backpacking Packs are recommended.
Tour Start Dates:
January 16, 2020
January 31, 2020
February 13, 2020
February 28, 2020
March 12, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 5, 2020
April 30, 2020
May 14, 2020
May 28, 2020
June 18, 2020
July 2, 2020
July 16, 2020
July 30, 2020
August 13, 2020
August 27, 2020
September 17, 2020
October 15, 2020
October 29, 2020

Itinerary

Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport and take a join-in transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at Leisure.

Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel or similar
After breakfast and checkout at the hotel, make your way to the meeting point at Chiang Mai Gate Hotel and transfer to the training base for the adventure ahead. On arrival at the ‘base camp’ in Mae Wang you will be immediately introduced to your Tuk Tuk and crack on with the drive training. This all takes place ‘off road’ and it iss a thorough session giving all participants the time to get used to these motor rickshaws and master the controls. Then head off down winding rural lanes passing through small farming communities and up to a remote meditation Temple. After a simple but hearty local Thai lunch then back on the roads up into the mountains towards the overnight destination in the remote Karen Hill Tribe village. Tonight you will be camping in the fields for a real Hill Tribe experience.

In the evening learn how to cook in jungle style with an open fire and lessons from the Karen hosts before spending the night under the stars – a real Thai adventure!

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Karen Hill Tribe Village or similar
After breakfast you will get a chance to explore the forest and local area around the village before getting back into the Tuk Tuks. First stop is to further visit the foothills of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain region. With many of stops to explore and relax, this is a fantastic journey through the spectacular mountain scenery. Stop for a late lunch at a small roadside restaurant and then head on to Ban Mae Klang Luang, the overnight base. The overnight accommodation is in another Karen village surrounded by mountains and rice terraces. Once you’re checked in, it is time to explore the village and see how the local people live their daily lives and as a treat sample some of the best and freshest coffee around! In the evening enjoy a traditional Thai style BBQ in the rice fields. Retire to your en-suite camp for the night and enjoy the live of a Hill Tribe Village.

Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Karen Hill Tribe Village or similar
After an early breakfast, trek (4-5km) through the forest to arrive at a series of stunning waterfalls. Stop to have lunch at the foot of the largest waterfall and take a swim at the foot of the falls. After lunch we trek back downhill to the hill-tribe village and then it is time to say goodbye to your trusty Tuk Tuks. Transfer to your hotel in Chiang Mai and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Aruntara Riverside Boutique Hotel or similar
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport by join-in transfer for your onward flight.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Return private join-in transfers between airport and hotel
  • Return join-in transfer to and from Chiang Mai City
  • Your very own Tuk Tuk (up to 3 travellers per vehicle)
  • 2 nights Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation based on double occupancy
  • 1 night simple tented (With showers and toilets) accommodation in a mountain hill tribe village
  • 1 night accommodation in a rural lodge (en-suite) in Ban Mae Klang Luang
  • Karen jungle cooking class and Thai BBQ
  • Join-in sightseeing tours with admission*
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 2 dinners

*Guaranteed departure with 2 passengers

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare to Thailand
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance
  • Travel Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Any items not specified as included

Travel Tips

Travel documents: Many nationalities, including the citizens of Australia, Canada, the USA and most European countries, do not need a visa for stays of up to 30 days (29 nights). A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry, return ticket or onward travel arrangement needs to be presented upon request at your arrival in Thailand. These requirements are subject to change. Please check with the embassy or consulate in your home country before departure.

For Visa requirements please refer to CITB Visas.

Currency: The Thai monetary unit is the Baht (THB). There are 100 Satang to one Baht. Coins are used in denominations of 25 Satang, 50 Satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht. Bank note denominations comprise 20 Baht (green), 50 Baht (blue), 100 Baht (red), 500 Baht (purple) and 1000 Baht (grey). Notes are also scaled in size; the larger the denomination, the larger the note. Money and travelers cheques of all major currencies can be exchanged at the airports, hotels, banks, money exchange booths and mobile exchange kiosks in tourist areas. Banks usually offer the best rates. Credit cards are widely accepted in department stores, major hotels, up-market shops and restaurants.

Weather: The average annual temperature is about 28C. The northern region can be a bit cold during the cool season. Acclimatization to the sometimes-oppressive heat and humidity of Thailand can often take longer than expected. Make sure you drink lots of fluids (preferably non-alcoholic drinks) to avoid dehydrating. Thailand enjoys a tropical climate with three distinct seasons:
Hot Season: March – May
Rainy Season: June – October
Cool Season: November – February

What to Pack: It is advisable to dress in cool, non-restricting clothes made from natural fibres. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a head cover are a must at all times. Be sure to bring along a sweater or a light jacket if you intend to visit the Northern region during the cool season. During the rainy season, downpours hardly last more than a couple of hours.

Power Supply: The electric current for the whole of Thailand is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Dual-prong rounded plugs as well as flat-pin plugs can be used in sockets. Adaptors are provided by most of the hotels.

Tips & Gratuities: Traditionally, tipping is not a common practice in Thailand, though it is becoming more widespread as a result of foreign influence. Tipping is entirely up to your discretion. In hotels and finer restaurants, where a service charge of 10% is added to the bill, it is not necessary to tip further. Taxi fares should be rounded up to the nearest 5 or 10 Baht.

Bargaining: It is expected for you to bargain at small shops and with street vendors, but not at large department stores and most non-tourist shops. It is challenging and fun, if you keep your sense of humour.

Do’s & Don’ts :

  • The Royal Family is held in the highest reverence in Thailand. Negative remarks about the Monarchy could be considered as an offence against the Thai Law.
  • Public displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.
  • Always dress neatly in all religious shrines – shorts, hot pats and sleeveless shirts are considered inappropriate.
  • Thais greet each other with a “wai”, a prayer-like, palms-together gesture, not a handshake. Generally, a younger person wais an elder, who then returns it.

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