Chiang Mai is situated a bit south of Mae Rim, a beautiful expanse of lush greenery blanketing inspiring mountains. We chose a sunny day to head out to one of Mae Rim’s many attractions, Mae Sa Falls.
After a forty-five minute motorbike ride into the forest, we “hiked” alongside the ten different levels of Mae Sa Falls, which took about 30-45 minutes (we stopped for photos along the way). I hesitate to call it a hike because it was so short — it was probably more like a nice walk that included some stairs. It was truly a tropical paradise. We were surrounded by a bubbling river, thick, verdant plant life, and hardly anyone around — it felt like we were the Swiss Family Robinson!
After a dip in the swimming hole, we enjoyed our packed lunch and headed back to the motorbike. In a spur of the moment decision, we decided to continue our motorbike ride and do a 3-hour loop around the mountains through Samoeng Forest to finish off our day. The views were simply breathtaking, and photos just do not do it justice. We felt so free and at peace riding around the winding mountain roads that when we were drenched by a surprise downpour, we laughed it off and waited it out in a roadside police box.
After a month of compromising in many arenas (cleanliness, planning, scheduling, budgeting, etc.), I’m beginning to notice things that once might irritate and frustrate me are now more easily brushed aside or even enjoyed in the moment. After all, how often does one get to fly down an exquisite mountainside in the rain with their partner with nowhere to go or be? Sounds pretty fun and romantic to me! 🙂