A Tuk Tuk Adventure in rural Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, ThailandPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Bruce

  1. 10 hours
  2. Hosted in English
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What you'll do

08:00 you'll be picked up from your hotel / guest house in Chiang Mai city and transfer for the Tuk Tuk base in Mae Wang, a beautiful valley around 60 minutes South West of the city

After being introduced to your driver and Tuk Tuk (these are specially designed and built Tuk Tuks for maximum comfort!) you'll head off by Tuk Tuk (expertly driven by our seasoned drivers) exploring tiny remote villages, stunning countryside and a remote Temple with incredible 360 degree views

You'll then head North to the rarely visited region of Mae Sapok where you'll hike through the forest to a beautiful waterfall and explore the tiny Karen Hill Tribe settlement - a real insight into mountain life in this part of the world

Next Tuk Tuk stop is lunch at a small and highly ethical elephant home leading the way in how they work with their elephants. Here you'll learn about the history of the elephants and then walk with them as they head through the local countryside with their mahouts.
It's now mid-afternoon and you change mode of transport to indulge in some bamboo rafting down the local river (expertly steered by people from the local community) before a final stunning Tuk Tuk ride to base and a minivan back to your hotel - arriving around 6:00pm.

Phew - what a day
Other things to note
This the perfect 1 day experience for all visitors to Chiang Mai, getting you right into the heart of mountain communities and keeping you off the beaten track. The minimum age for participants is 5 - there's no maximum age - a sense of adventure is far more important than age!
08:00 you'll be picked up from your hotel / guest house in Chiang Mai city and transfer for the Tuk Tuk base in Mae Wang, a beautiful valley around 60 minutes South West of the city

After being introduced to your driver and Tuk Tuk (these are specially designed and built Tuk Tuks for maximum comfort!) you'll head off by Tuk Tuk (expertly driven by our seasoned drivers) exploring tiny remote villages, stunning countryside and a remote T…
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What's included

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  • Food
    A simple but hearty Thai lunch is ready for you when you arrive at the smal...
  • Drinks
    Clean drinking water is provided throughout the day
  • Transportation
    The day is all carried out from the super comfortable back seat of these sp...
  • Equipment
    Lifejackets are provided - and compulsory - for the bamboo rafting

Meet your Host, Bruce

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 22 Reviews
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I'm the founder of The Tuk Tuk Club and have been at the cutting edge of adventure travel for nearly 20 years, designing and running the most interesting and innovative travel experiences. Travel is my profession but also my life with my expertise being South East Asia and Thailand in particular
I've lived and worked all over the world but my base for much of the last 20 years has been Thailand and it's where my family and I call home and the country and culture we love most.
I've travelled every inch of the country, speak the language and have spent a huge amount of time exploring every back road, mountain pass and village along our travel routes, developing links with each and every community along the way to provide unique opportunities to enable those with me to gain a real insight into the life and culture of Northern Thailand
I'm the founder of The Tuk Tuk Club and have been at the cutting edge of adventure travel for nearly 20 years, designing and running the most interesting and innovative travel experiences. Travel is my profession but also my life with my expertise being South East Asia and Thailand in particular
I've lived and worked all over the world but my base for much of the last 20 years has been Thailand and it's where my family and I call home and the country and culture we love most.
I've tra…
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Where you'll be

The experience takes place in Mae Wang, a stunning valley South West of Chiang Mai city in the foothills of Doi Inthanon - Thailand's highest mountain.
You'll visit numerous small rural communities, Wat Doi Sapanyoo - a stunning a rarely visited rural Temple with incredible views, Mae Sapok, one of the most beautiful areas anywhere in Thailand (think rice terraces, water buffalo and small wooden houses!) and then float downstream along the river

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 22 reviews.

Bailey
October 2021
Bruce and Yaya are incredible hosts. They are both so knowledgeable about the area and are so kind, funny, and easy to talk to. We really enjoyed our time with them, and the experience they offer is truly unique and worthwhile if you're interested in seeing parts of Thailand "off-the-beaten-path." You'll do and see so many incredible things on their tuk-tuk tour, but getting to spend time with these amazing people was the highlight for us.
Taylor
March 2020
What an awesome experience! It was nice to get outside of Chiang Mai and see some of the Thai countryside in a Tuk Tuk. Oa was a really kind, entertaining and informative guide for the day. The rest of the staff at the elephant sanctuary were very friendly as well. You can tell that the elephants were happy and well taken care of, and it was such an amazing experience to get up close to them. The bamboo rafting was also really fun, and harder than it might seem to pilot one. Overall a great experience that we highly recommend when visiting Chiang Mai!
Rosa
March 2020
What a wonderful experience. So many different activities. Yet we never felt rushed. We enjoyed every minute. Our guides Tony and Mr Big were amazing.
Katja
March 2020
Wow...once in a lifetime experience...our guides Tony and Mr Big are such unique, competent, easy going and outstanding friendly people. Tony’s knowledge about all the places, history, culture and public life of Thailand - all in perfect English- was so precious & interesting for us... the interaction with the elephants so very special, non- touristy and really loving. Mr. Big and his whole team really take excellent care for the animals, are so loving, responsible and careful with them -you could really tell that the elephants loved their mahouts and Mr. Big boss - Above all the Tuk Tuk concept is really fantastic, we loved the mixture between comfort, close to nature, very outstanding and special encounters...so many things to see and to do- this one day day felt like three days to us. We super highly recommend this adventure and would have loved to take Tony with us for the rest of our stay in Thailand ...
Christine
February 2020
What a fantastic day. Boyz was such a great guide! It's so great to spend the day with someone so passionate about his country. The tuk tuk was so fun to ride around in and I loved spending time with the elephants and rafting down the river. This company nails it when it comes to tourism. From all the communication with Bruce before the trip, to the guides, to the events of the day it was perfect.
Catherine
January 2020
I really enjoyed my day spent on a tuk tuk, exploring areas I wouldn’t have otherwise. This company is really professional and had everything well organised for the trip. Bathing and feeding the elephants was quite special. A great day out that I would highly recommend for anyone wanting a stress free experience, where they are really taken care of.

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Please bring a change of shorts as you will get wet when rafting!

Please also pack your sense of adventure......