Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk
Child rates (5-17) are: January - February - £795 March - October - £695 November - December - £795 Minimum age is 5
Description of Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk
Whizz through the pretty landscapes of the Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces in a Tuk Tuk convoy. You’ll be the driver, so prepare for the wind in your hair, and plenty of admiring glances.
This is the perfect adventure for anyone who wants to see the Thailand less travelled. Northern Thailand is probably Thailand's most diverse and fascinating regions. Drive through the Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces in your own little Tuk Tuk.
You’ve seen them in cities, but these open air motor vehicles can go anywhere – as this adventurous trip shows. You can get a family of four in one tuk tuk (minimum age is seven years old) or take a friend and share the drive. As your diminutive vehicles buzz along, you’ll be as much of a spectacle as the scenery. You’ll attract plenty of surprised smiles as you pass mountain villages; not many tuk tuks make it up here.
After a couple of days of fun training in Mae Wang, your convoy will be let loose on Doi Inthanon – it’s only Thailand’s highest mountain – for fun driving and a day’s trekking. You’ll spend time with the Karen hill tribe and eat at roadside cafes before reaching Mae Sariang with its temples and river terrace restaurants. Then it’s time for mountain towns and mountain roads at Mae Hong Son and Pai, before descending into Mae Wang again.
You’ll travel in convoy with a Tour Guide, supported by mechanics all the way. Accommodation is in locally-owned guest houses, many picked because of their superb locations. Food is in delicious local restaurants. You’ll feel refreshed every morning, and ready to keep on ‘Tuk’in’.
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5 Reviews of Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2022 by Dave RocklynOur guides were so much more than we expected as we have done a few overseas guided tours before. Boyz and Oa are simply fantastic at showing this area and all it has to offer... 11 out of 10. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2022 by Damien JonesOur holiday was our honeymoon. We had an outstanding adventure that we will never forget. The planning was seemless, the guides were exemplary and promoted Thai culture and values. We made some great friends and will definitely be back. The trip is HIGHLY recommended and should be on everyone's bucket list. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Sep 2022 by Sarah ChaplinI had a fantastic trip and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Feb 2022 by Wenda TurrellIt was a truly amazing trip, off the beaten track. We felt we’d seen & experienced the real Thailand. We had such a variety of experiences, every day was different. Our two guides were superb (Boyz & Yaya) & really looked after us. Would highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants a bit of an adventure Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Dec 2019 by Tony RochaExcellent, fun, adventurous Read full review
The treatment of Elephants in Thailand has rightly become a major topic of concern in recent years and it has been our privilege to work very closely with a local elephant home to support them as they have moved away from allowing elephant riding to the situation that they are now in where they are amongst the leaders in how to look after their elephants whilst still enabling visitors to learn about and see these wonderful animals. Thanks to our working together the home has been able to ensure that only small numbers of people visit the home at any one time, the welfare and health of the elephants is always put first and the 8 elephants who have always lived with them now are able to enjoy their lives. During our 11 Day Adventure we visit this elephant home and are lucky enough to learn about the journey they have been on, how they are slowly influencing others in the area, through collaboration and support rather than criticism, and to see how for ourselves how small homes like this could be a sustainable future for elephants that weren't born in the wild.
Single use plastic is a huge issue globally and particularly so in Thailand where millions of plastic bottles are used and discarded daily.
Whilst access to clean water and remaining hydrated is vitally important - and we provide drinking water throughout the adventure - we are committed to removing all single use plastic water bottles from our adventures by the end of 2019. In addition, we work with all of our accommodation partners (owned and operated by people from the local area and community) to help them transition from the provision of plastic water bottles to glass bottles in rooms.
All of our partners (we prefer the term 'partner' to supplier as it more accurately reflects the nature of our relationship) are based in the area in which they operate (not as common as it may seem!). All of the accommodation we use, whilst of a high standard, is owned by people living in the area and staffed with people from within the local community therefore not only providing local jobs but also ensuring that money spent on accommodation remains in the community itself.
We all live, work and play in Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand. Our staff are local to the region therefore able to give expert insight and advice throughout our adventures. All are passionate advocates of the beauty and culture of Northern Thailand and love nothing more than giving an insight into this part of the world to all of our travellers both through their own knowledge and also enabling conversations and shared experiences with the communities we visit.
We also use additional local guides when for trekking and rafting experiences allowing for even more local expertise and of course employment.
We ensure that all of our staff, and local additional activity guides, are paid a fair wage and are respected as a vital and integral part of our adventures. IN addition, we take the on-going training of our team very seriously, from our introductory two month training programme to on-going learning and skills development in all areas of our operations.
By operating exclusively with small groups we are able to minimise the potential negative impact on local communities and maximise the positive impact. With small groups of this nature, and the number of guides accompanying each adventure, we are able to maximise the interaction between travellers and communities, provide translation allowing us to share stories and learning and also to work with our travellers to encourage the purchase of local food and products from the communities we pass through and spend time in.
SMALL LOCAL RESTAURANTS
We only use small local restaurants and foodstalls throughout the adventure not only delivering fantastic local specialities but also delivering sustainable finance directly into the local community.
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