Mae Sa Valley
Chiang Mai Attractions | Chaing Mai attractions and sightseeing
The entrance to the Mae Sa Valley is only thirteen kilometers north of Chiang Mai City.
This pristine area of waterfalls, rushing streams and largely undamaged northern forest is one of Chiang Mai's best kept secrets, at least as far as international tourists are concerned. Recent development of the area has been done with considerable taste and commendable regard for the natural environment. Resorts are tranquil and often elegant, the air is clear and fresh, and city stresses seem a world away.
The Mae Sa Valley forms part of an 80 kilometer loop road encircling the national park of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui. Attractions, apart from the natural beauty, include several villages of different hilltribe people, camps where elephants can be seen at work and ridden, orchid, snake and butterfly farms and spectacular waterfalls of which the most popular is the Mae Sa Waterfall.
Everywhere is the abundant rush of nature - birds of dazzling colors, even brighter butterflies and, according to the season, wild flowers and gorgeous trees, ablaze with blossoms of crimson, gold and purple.