Mae Sa Waterfalls

After a beautiful and epic weekend in El Nido  I was leaving Hong Kong yet again for another trip.

This time I headed to Chiang Mai, Thailand. A former coworker and friend from Texas had been living in Chiang Mai and I was ready for some cheap Thai massages and to see some animals.

On one sunny day during my visit we had to take a break from the two hour massages and fresh coconuts and see some sights.

We had hired a driver for the day, Boon, (for a great price of 500 baht for the whole day) and he drove us wherever our hearts desired. One of the stops? A refreshing hike to the Mae Sa Waterfall.

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

The Mae Sa Waterfalls are a series of ten waterfall “levels.” We entered the park and skipped ahead to hike just the last 5 waterfalls.

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

It ended up being a lovely hike and since in late February it was already ~90F/32C outside, who could resist a swim in the cool water?

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts obviously resisted any swimming

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

 

The water was so refreshing and the hike between each waterfall was fairly easy despite some slippery rocks and one questionable bridge area.

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa WaterfallsWe saw a few people with picnic baskets in tow so I’d definitely recommend packing a lunch to fill you up between swimming and exploring.

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

Or you can pick up something to eat from one of the vendors near the parking lot for the park (we picked up a couple of yummy grilled chickens and sausages).

Mae Sa Waterfall - a guide to hiking and swimming in Chiang Mai's beautiful Mae Sa Waterfalls

 

Although I admit, having just returned from El Nido, I was a bit spoiled as far as natural wonders go, but the Mae Sa Waterfalls were a great spot to visit just outside of Chiang Mai.

 

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  • Love Chiang Mai! What a lovely hike, and one I will want to do when next in Thailand! Thanks for linking up again lovely!

    • You definitely should! There is lots to do in the Mae Rim area of Chiang Mai

  • What a beautiful hike, love seeing waterfalls.

    • Me too! This was my first time being able to swim in one and I loved it

  • GirlMeetsGlobe

    Such a beautiful hike! And the food available looks good too!

    • I’m always careful when it comes to street food like this, but we could see them grilling the meats fresh and had no problems 🙂

  • Such travel envy!! I have yet to set foot in Asia but I desperately want to see Chiang Mai (and Thailand in general). That waterfall looks just beautiful!

    • You’ll love Asia when you finally do visit. You must go!

  • Ahhh! I’m so jealous! All I want to do is see a little sun!

    • We’ve had a couple of weeks of nothing but clouds here in Hong Kong and it’s so depressing! I miss this sun

  • You go to the coolest places!

    • Thank you! I’m so lucky to be able to travel so frequently 🙂

  • Such a beautiful place. I’m living vicariously through you! 😀

    • Glad you enjoyed it! It was a really beautiful spot to visit

  • So beautiful. I love living vicariously through your adventures. 🙂

    • Thank you! All of these pictures are making me crave even MORE travel

  • What a great site to see! I’m waterfall obsessed myself, but then to pair it with food on a stick? Double score.

    It’s also sleeting today in North Carolina, so I might just be overreacting to the apparent sunshine you got. 🙂

    • This was my first time swimming in a waterfall and now I’d love to see more (and even bigger) waterfalls!

  • danniellek

    haha I love how you’re just chilling in your bathing suit and the scouts are all, nah, we’re gonna keep our clothes on and just dip our feet. Love waterfalls!

    • Hahaha I’m sure if they could have swam on their hike, they would have been in their bathing suits too

  • You seriously go to the coolest places!! I just want to get out of Texas for a weekend! LOL

    • I’m a very lucky lady! Being in Hong Kong makes it so easy to hop around Southeast Asia to travel

  • What a gorgeous surround! Those waterfalls look beautiful and I bet that hike was lovely! I must admit, those 2 hour massages and coconuts sound pretty great too! Popping over from Travel Tuesday link up 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! And yes the 2 hour massages were addicting and amazing.

  • Amazing! I have a friend who absolutely LOVES waterfalls. She would adore this place!

    • This was my first time really seeing one in person, and it definitely makes me want to visit more

  • Waterfalls are so beautiful!

    • I agree! Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by

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