In the forest between the towns of Mae Rim and Samoeng is Mae Sa Waterfall, a natural attraction of Chiang Mai with a pleasant atmosphere, located not too far from the city center. Some nature trails are easy to explore, which will appeal to nature lovers who would like to take a cooling walk, see the grace of the waterfall, relax to the sound of falling and gurgling water, and enjoy the fresh forest air.
Mae Sa Falls or Mae Sa Falls Forest Park is located in Doi Suthep Pui National Park, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Province, surrounded by abundant forests among hills considered part of the Thanon Thong Chai mountain range. If you rent a motorbike in Chiang Mai, you can get here in less than an hour. The forested area, nature trails, and places equipped for outdoor recreation make Mae Sa Falls one of the most popular natural attractions in Chiang Mai among locals and tourists alike.
Mae Sa Falls was first discovered in 1927 by explorers looking for water sources for use in the palace of Chiang Mai Princess Dara Rasmi. Soon after the waterfall was found, residents of the Mae Rim area banded together to turn the place into a walking and recreational destination for the local people.
In 1962, the area surrounding Mae Sa Falls was named Mae Sa Falls Forest Park, and later it became part of Doi Suthep Pui National Park.
Mae Sa Falls are formed by the streams of 17 rivers that join together on the mountain range between the Mae Rim and Mae Tang districts to create a river called the Mae Sa River, which flows through the mountains to form a medium-sized waterfall with 10 levels. The waterfall is 1.5 kilometers long, which includes nature trails and resting places that are safe and convenient for tourists to discover the beauty of the waterfall from each level, each with its own name and personality.
The Pa Lad level is located next to the public parking lot on the first floor, followed by Wang Yao on the second floor, Pa Thak on the third, Wang Sam Muen on the fourth, Wang Tao Phrom Ma on the fifth, Thad Mei on the sixth, Thad Phana Rom on the seventh, Pha Ngoeb on the eighth, Wat Hang on the ninth and Lan Thee on the tenth.
The most beautiful of these are located between the fifth and seventh floors because there are several pavilions to watch the beauty of the waterfall. At each level of the waterfall, visitors can swim.
Although there are no hotels here, some campsites and tents are available for rent. Those wishing to relax among nature can contact the campsite staff to make reservations.
During the rainy season, when there is a lot of rain, the waterfall may be closed to the public, as these days of violent streams of water and raging elements sweep away everything in their path. So if you travel to this place during the rainy season, from May to October, always have a plan B just in case, so you don’t waste your time.
To get to Mae Sa Waterfall, take Highway 107 from Chiang Mai to Mae Rim. Turn left onto Highway 1096 and follow the signs to Mae Sa Waterfall. The waterfall is located about 8 kilometers from the highway.
Foreigners: 100 B
Thai: 20 B
Motorcycle: 20 B
Mae Sa Waterfall consists of ten tiers of cascading waterfalls.
Mae Sa Waterfall is around 1500 meters long.
A taxi from Chiang Mai to Mae Sa Waterfall typically costs around 300-400 THB ($10-$13 USD).
Popular activities near Mae Sa Waterfall include hiking, swimming, and exploring the local wildlife.
There are also a lot of attractions, such as: Cobra Show, Insect Zoo, Tiger Kingdom, Mae Sa Elephant Camp, Canopy Walk, Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden.
Mae Sa Falls is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily.
The rainy season in Mae Rim, where Mae Sa Falls is located, runs from May to October.
The best time to visit Mae Sa Falls is during the dry season, from November to April.
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