If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, then look no further. With two young kids in tow, we learned to drive a tuk tuk, stopped by a quiet, non-touristy temple and former monk cave, fed and bathed elephants (one of which was only eight days old!), and had a relaxing rafting trip to cap it off.
We couldn’t ask for a better guide than Oa (pronounced like the letters, “o” “a”). He picked us up at 8am sharp and was a master at teaching us to drive the tuk tuk. After a quick lesson and check to make sure we were competent, we headed to a quiet temple and learned about buddhist beliefs and etiquette. We also did a mini-trek up a small hill to a small cave where monks used to live 70 years ago. From there we drove to the elephant sanctuary where we had lunch then fed and bathed the elephants. We were so lucky to see a newborn only eight days old! Totally ethical operation and the elephants looked very happy. (There was NO riding or chains or anything like that). Finally, we ended the day with a relaxing rafting trip down a river.
This was an amazing experience and the only one of its kind. If you’re in Chiang Mai then you must do this trip. Or if you’re looking into seeing elephants then you must do it with The Tuk Tuk Club for the extra experience. Other tours just load you into the back of a pickup truck to get to the sanctuaries. But with The TTC we were driven in a nice air conditioned car to the tuk tuk garage, then from there we boot on over to the elephants in our rad (and safe) tuk tuks — a much better way to travel! And come on, when’s the next time you’ll ever get to drive a tuk tuk?!!!
Both kids are under 10 years old and had an amazing time!