This map is to help you find your way to Mae Sa Valley (double-click or right double-click the map to zoom in or out). Maesa valley is in the hills north of Chiang Mai.
The old city of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a moat covering an area of about 1.6 by 1.6 kilometers. From the north side of the moat take the Changphuak road to the north. Cross the superhighway (from moat to super highway is about 2 km) and then continue north on highway number 107 for about 13 kilometers. At about 1 kilometer past Mae Rim town turn left and take road number 1096.
This is the road that will lead you into Mae Sa valley. After about 5 kilometer you pass the entrance to Mae Sa waterfall. Continue for another 4 kilometers to reach the Maesa elephant camp. If you continue further on this road you will reach the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden at about 2 kilometer past the Maesa elephant camp.
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Mae Sa valley is a beautiful place if you like to spend a day outside the city of Chiang Mai in a more natural environment. The best way to visit is by renting a car or motorbike as it allows you to stop or continue wherever you are.
When reaching Mae Sa Valley, one of the first stops would be at the Mae Sa Waterfall. The entrance to the waterfall (on the left side of the road) is clearly indicated. If it's a hot day, this is the ideal spot to cool down.
Take a shower under the waterfall to cool down
Next is a stop at the elephant camp. See elephants in action together with their mahouts. Walk around and visit the elephant nursery. You can buy some bananas and feed them to the elephants, and best of all you can make an elephant ride through the forest near the camp.
Some of the male elephants have beautiful tusks.
If you are courageous enough you can feed the elephants.
Are they washing this baby elephant or is he being trained for the Songkran festival?
Highlight of the day is a ride on one of the elephants
Another place worthwhile visiting is the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. Walk the trails in the forests or visit the greenhouses to enjoy thousands of beautiful and rare plants.
The Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is a wonderful place to explore
Many rare and exotic plants in Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden offer plenty of photo opportunities.