Tuk Tuk Self-Drive Adventure

Enjoy a jam-packed, fun-filled day exploring the charming Chiang Mai countryside. Take control of the iconic tuk-tuk on a day of discovery that takes in elephants, bamboo rafting and mesmerising mountainscapes.
Tour Timings
08:00 - 18:00
Full Day
Meals Included
Chiang Mai


Start the day at around 8am in the centre of Chiang Mai. It’s time to get acquainted with the iconic transport for the day – the emblematic tuk-tuk. Begin the day with some training on how to manage the vehicle; we won’t be setting off until everybody is acquainted. 

With the expert, professional, English-speaking guide leading the way, leave Chiang Mai for the Mae Wang valley to the south. This journey will take us along winding rural roads, through rolling rice fields and by ornate temples, and into the lush, verdant mountains. The guide-driven vehicle at the head of the convoy sets the pace, and there will be plenty of opportunity for stops along the way for exploration and to get to grips with local village life as we pass through. 

At around 11:30, we’ll arrive at the scheduled stop – the elephant home. Here, meet the fantastic mahouts who will introduce these beautiful creatures. Before interacting with the elephants, it’s vital to understand the history – and the future – of elephant conservation in Thailand. After, assist the mahouts in feeding the giant mammals- they have a rather large appetite! Take time to interact with these friendly creatures and get to know their different personalities – each elephant has been rescued from a life of trekking. 

After enjoying a hearty lunch of traditional Thai food beside the elephants, accompany the mahouts on a short walk with these newly-made friends to the river. Here, take part in another enchanting experience and embrace the opportunity to bathe the elephants. They often like to roll over and get playful in the cool water. 

Since we’re already wet and refreshed by the river dip, it’s time to participate in a bit of water activity ourselves. Travel lazily down the calm waterway on a traditional bamboo raft. There are a couple of meandering twists and turns, but the tempo is slow, and these curves are not difficult to negotiate. Instead, the emphasis is on kicking back to admire the idyllic northern Thai countryside, looking out for signs of any wildlife.  

At around 4pm, it is time to jump back aboard the tuk-tuks and set off on the journey back into Chiang Mai. Appreciate the last hour or so behind the wheel of the tuk-tuk, gently meandering down the valley, nipping through villages and hamlets. Often, the villagers enjoy seeing the tuk-tuk convoy, so be sure to have cameras at the ready to capture the joyful experience. Continue on through the valley as the sun begins to set on the return to Chiang Mai. Take the transfer back to hotels. 

Important Information
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Transportation
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Drinking Water
  • Tuk-tuks
  • Fuel
  • Towels after rafting
  • Exclusions
  • Tips for Guide and Driver
  • Personal Expenses
  • Beverages Not Mentioned
  • Services Not Mentioned 
  • Additional Notes
  • Services Not Mentioned
  • Drivers must be 18 and hold a valid driver’s license
  • Nobody is forced to drive. If not comfortable, there is space for two passengers on the back seat. Maximum three pax per vehicle.
  • Please wear trainers / sneakers
  • Economic Distribution Disclosure

    Where does your money go?

    67.7% of the costs from this tour directly benefit the specific locality where the tour takes place.
    19.3% of the costs from this tour are distributed to the wider provincial area, outside of the specific locality of the tour.
    11.9% of the costs of this tour are distributed to costs occurring in the wider national area, outside of the same province.
    1.1% of the costs of this tour are distributed overseas.

    *EDDI, Tripseed’s Economic Distribution Disclosure Initiative is in the very early stages of rollout. Check back soon for more information.

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