Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk
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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1 Reviews of Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk
Reviewed on 13 Dec 2019 by Tony Rocha
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Driving 850km on mountain roads with 4000 bends. We had a great caring tour
leader/guide in Tony. Bruce was excellent and speedy in response to all my queries prior to the tour.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Our trip was in December, and it was very cold. Bring enough warm clothes.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, we lived in small local hotels and ate at local restaurants and coffee shops.
Unfortunately we only had plastic bottled water. Some new arrangement should be implemented to eliminate the use of plastic.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, fun, adventurous.
Read the operator's response here:
Many thanks for having been such fantastic adventurous travellers and having been so much fun on the trip. The team really enjoyed their time with you and it's great to see that you enjoyed the whole experience.
I note and absolutely agree with your comments on plastic bottled water and this is something we've been looking at for a long time. We committed in our Responsible Travel policy to being 'single use plastic water bottle' free by the end of this year (2019) and everything is underway to achieve this goal and to start 2020 with plastic bottles being a thing of the past. I'm sorry that you caught us at the end of our use of plastic water bottles and do agree that the use of such plastic needs to be eliminated.
Thank you again for your lovely feedback and for having travelled with us and I hope you've all warmed up a bit after the abnormally cold weather over here (it's slowly warming up again now but of course that's no use to you!)
Bruce and Team
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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