The Tuk Tuk Club

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Thailand’s first self-drive but fully guided and supported Tuk Tuk Adventure creating stunning adventures getting ‘off the beaten track’ in the mountains and rural communities of Northern Thailand. Perfect for anyone with a passion for adventure and a real desire to see the very best of this wonderful part of the world.
Member since: 24 Jan 2019

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Economic responsibility

The Tuk Tuk Club is based in Thailand and we all live, work and play in the beautiful province of
Chiang Mai. All of our guide team are Thai and passionate not only about what we do but also
helping people see, experience and learn about the best of their country.
• Throughout all of our adventures we exclusively use local providers, based in the village /
town / community that we are staying in / passing through. For example, all of our
accommodation is owned by people from the local area, they employ staff from the village /
town the accommodation is based in and they source produce from the local area wherever
possible.
• We partner with local communities for every activity we do on our adventures. For example,
when trekking near Doi Inthanon we hire local Karen guides from the village we stay in to
lead the trek, not only to assist in the creation of employment but also to ensure that the
absolute best possible experience is given to our travellers. When we go rafting we use the
skills of local villagers to guide the rafts, this creating employment opportunities that
otherwise wouldn’t exist in the area.
• All meals on our trips are at small, locally owned restaurants delivering not only the best
food in each location but also creating a solid source of income for the local community.
• Our adventures are all about experiencing the ‘real’ Thailand and by following the above
course of action, not only do we ensure that the money spent on our adventures remains
very much in the local community but that our travellers get to experience and feel the ‘real’
country and have a much more unique experience.

Environmental responsibility

We are very aware of the environmental impact that travel has on the world, both in terms of the
travel itself and our office function.
Head Office:
• We don’t send out paper brochures – everything is available online and in PDF format
• We use recycled paper
• We encourage all our team to cycle to work wherever possible – it’s far more fun that sitting
in a car and of course keep us trim so we can eat more of the great food in the area
Adventures:
• We actively support a local elephant home and through our collaboration it has been able to
stop all elephant riding and lead the way in its local area in providing a much better life for
its elephants. Whilst riding still takes place in other ‘camps’, more and more are following
the lead of the home we support and understanding that the welfare of the elephants is the
most important element.
• Single use plastic is a major problem in Thailand and we are doing all we can to reduce and
remove the use of single use plastic water bottles on our adventures with our target to be
single use plastic free by the end of 2019. Whilst remaining hydrated is very important in our
climate and a suitable source of water throughout any adventure is vital, we are seeking to
replace all single use plastic water bottles with personal drinking bottles which will then be
refilled from large tanks of fresh, clean water that we transport.

Social responsibility

Our Adventures take part very much ‘in’ the country rather than simply viewing places as one passes
by. Whilst we are very conscious that our travellers are on ‘holiday’ and are travelling to enjoy
themselves, our team are passionate about people gaining a proper understanding of Thailand and
the areas as travel through and work to ensure that this is part of the enjoyment of the experience
As such, learning about the country and the positives and challenges for communities, people and
the environment makes us a large part of every adventure. Guidance on arrival, and throughout all
adventures, is provided on social norms and how to behave / dress when visiting important places,
interacting with communities and our guides work hard to provide translation to ensure that
travellers can talk, share and learn from the people we meet along the way.
A highlight of our longer adventures – 3, 5 and 11 days – is staying in a small Karen community
where members of the village spend the evening with our travellers talking about their culture and
lifestyle as well as sharing their local food and drink.

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