Magical Mae Rim
Find your own perfect vacation in the Mae Rim Valley, which is home to an array of natural wonders, active adventures, cultural treasures and amazing wildlife. This is a side of Northern Thailand that is still relatively undiscovered – a far cry from the oft-trodden streets of Chiang Mai city. Located right in the midst of these unique experiences, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is the ideal base for discerning travellers to explore all this lush valley has to offer.
Michael’s Mae Rim
Michael Branham has been the General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, located in the heart of the Mae Rim Valley, since April 2015. His earliest memory here is watching the gardeners’ parade in the rice fields at sunset. Since then, many an unforgettable experience has been added to his collection!
At the weekend, Michael loves exploring the lush Mae Rim region with his wife and two sons. An active family, they go running and cycling together – both in and around the Resort. For a more challenging adventure, the gushing Mae Sa Waterfall offers the perfect day trip: hike up eight cascade levels on one side of the waterfall and come down from the other side, with a midway break for an energizing picnic.
When in the mood for a more relaxed getaway, the Branhams head to the nearby Strawberry Farms, via the Sukantara Cascades. It’s a family tradition to have plenty of food on road trips, so the drive there is punctuated by stops at local cafes delicious Thai snacks, pies and ice-cream! On the return journey, it’s time to visit the scenic Botanical Garden for a leisurely stroll and the Nong Hoi Royal Project for some fresh organic produce.
Take a leaf out of the Michael’s book and discover your very own Mae Rim….
YOUR MAE RIM
Mon Cham, also known as Mon Jam, sits atop a small mountain offering a spectacular view of hills, villages, Royal Project farms and valleys rolling into the distance. Enjoy a meal at the restaurant here, which features local produce and hydroponically grown ingredients on the menu. A perfect day trip! (20.6 km from the Resort)
Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi
Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi is believed to house not one, but four footprints made by the Buddha! The fascinating legend dates back to the early 17th century, when King Song Tham of Ayutthaya sent a group of monks to Sri Lanka to pray at the Buddha’s famous footprint at Sumankut.
To the monks’ surprise, the Sri Lankans asked them why they had bothered to travel all that way when, according to the ancient Pali scriptures, the Buddha passed through Thailand and left his footprints in their own backyard. As soon as Song Tham heard this he launched a massive search for the footprints, the first of which was finally discovered in 1623 by a hunter named Pram Bun when a wounded deer disappeared into a hollow and then emerged miraculously healed.
The hunter pushed aside the bushes to discover a foot-shaped trench filled with water, which immediately cured him of a terrible skin disease! A temple was built on the spot but was destroyed by the Burmese in 1765. The present buildings date from the Bangkok era, and is a haven for peace and contemplation. (35.6 km from the Resort)
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, maintained under the auspices of the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, is home to a lush profusion of trees, plants and flowers—a true treat for nature lovers. Stroll in the beautifully landscaped grounds, visit greenhouses and fountains, and discover rare types of plants and blossoms. There’s even an aerial walkway, suspended above the tropical gardens! (10.8 km from the Resort)
Wat Pa Daraphirom
Wat Pa Daraphirom was established in 1938 by a group of Buddhists for monks on pilgrimage, who used the former cemetery as a space for meditation—as recommended by their highly revered teacher. Enjoy the lovely architecture and spiritual energy amid the rustic environs of this well-maintained temple. (2.2 km from the Resort)
Mae Sa Waterfall
Mae Sa Waterfall is actually a series of eight to 10 small waterfalls and cascades (no one can agree on exactly how many), spaced anywhere between 100 metres to 500 metres apart. This is a great spot for a hike: make your way up on one side, and come down from the other. If you’re in the mood for a stream-side picnic, the Resort will be happy to whip up a basket of tasty treats! Head to waterfalls in the middle for the most scenic surroundings and interesting configurations. Don’t forget to count the cascades and come up with your own number! (5.3 km from the Resort)
Siam Insect Zoo
Siam Insect Zoo displays the work of entomologist Pisuth Ek-Amnuay who has been collecting and studying insects for over 30 years. The zoo is home to a huge variety of creatures from around the world. Moreover, there are numerous displays where you can see live insects native to Thailand and a well-stocked butterfly garden—perfect for a relaxing walk after checking out the insect life inside. (3.6 km from the Resort)
Sai Nam Phung Orchid and Butterfly Farms
Sai Nam Phung Orchid and Butterfly Farms is home to a huge variety of stunning orchids and a special butterfly enclosure where you can see tropical species in their natural habitat. Discover exotic types of orchid and watch the vibrant butterflies flitting around among the year-round blooms. (800 m from the Resort)
Elephant Poopoopaper Park
Elephant Poopoopaper Park is an eco-friendly, naturally built, outdoor museum. It introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making paper products from elephant poop fibres! An interpretive walking tour of the lush gardens takes visitors through eight different pavilions, explaining each stage of the process, from poo collection to rinsing to final product assembly. Visitors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join the park’s talented artisans and guides participating in the head-turning process. (2.4 km from the Resort)