Attention: ideal day trip for the romantic couple, adventurous family, or any nature loving people in and around Chiang Mai outlined below.
First, start mid morning and head to the Mae Sa Waterfalls, a popular site known well by red trucks. They are located about 45 minutes out of Chiang Mai on Km 7 of the Mae Rim-Samoeng Road in the beautiful San Doi Den mountains. There are a series of 10 falls and a lovely mile long walking path that follows the river and has multiple access points along the way. The trail is fairly smooth and not too steep at any points, but water friendly hiking shoes are definitely recommended. You can bring swimsuits for the many pools of water, but it is fairly murky with heavy currents, especially during the rainy/winter season.
Cats and their new litters have become the guardians of this trail, and these friendly little guys might just follow you your whole way up. There is an entrance fee of 100 baht per foreigner, and 20 baht per local, with an additional charge of 20-30 baht per vehicle.
The park is open from 8am to 4:30pm, and the rangers are very strict about closing time. This little getaway has deep jungle vibes, with forested canopies secluding you and a plethora of insect audio impossible to find in the city. It’s perfect for an outdoorsy day trip, and is even better when coupled with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed along the way.
Photos Credit: Review Chiang Mai
Written By: Grace Van Kirk