Home to the legendary activity centres and wonderful attractions of the Mae Sa Valley, the district of Mae Rim is high up on the travel agendas of most Chiang Mai visitors. Although Mae Sa is the top attraction in this northern district, there are other sites and worthwhile things to do here. The dedicated page to Mae Sa has more information about what’s there. The below guide has details about Mae Rim attractions as well as recommended accommodation and how to get here.
Last Updated: June 2019
WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN MAE RIM
Located at Mae Rim Army Base, Dara Pirom Palace is a beautifully preserved timber structure which once belonged to Chiang Mai princess Dara Rasmi. The princess was also a consort of Thailand’s revered King Chulalongkorn. The inner quarters of the palace contain the princess’s furnishings, mementos and musical instruments. The collections give insightful glimpses into early 20th century Thailand.
Dara Pirom Palace Museum: – T. Rim Tai, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Tue-Sun) | Admission Fee: 20 B | Tel: +66 53 299 175
Wat Pa Dara Pirom is a few minutes’ drive from Dara Pirom Palace and a wonderful example of a Thai Buddhist temple. Two mammoth statues of lions stand guard at the front of the main hall. The hall itself is an impressive sight and showcases the skills of Chiang Mai’s craft workers in carpentry and carving. A tall chedi beside the hall is another standout feature.
Wat Pa Dara Pirom: – T. Rim Tai, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Admission Fee: Free | Tel: +66 53 862 722 | Facebook
Slightly north of Highway 1096 and the Mae Sa Valley, Mae Rim Elephant Sanctuary is home to a small herd of elephants. Visitors get hands-on experiences with the elephants, but no riding. People booking one of the tours to this sanctuary get to put on traditional mahout clothes, feed the elephants with bananas, walk in the forest with them and then bathe in the river together. Half, one and two day tours enable visitors to decide how long to spend with the elephants. Read more on the best camps for elephant shows.
Mae Rim Elephant Sanctuary: #31, M. 8, T. Kheelek, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Prices (15-20 People) : ½ Day 1,600 B; 1 Day 2,000 B | Tel: +66 85 616 2002, +66 99 243 9111 | Website | E-mail
While not exactly the Kama Sutra, Mae Rim’s Erotic Garden is home to enough statues and erotica to titillate the imagination. Venus like effigies and standing phallus statues are artfully laid out in lovely landscaped gardens with majestic mountains as a backdrop. Photographs of the statues are sure to be a talking point for days afterwards. Entry fees come with a free drink at the garden’s café. Read more on Chiang Mai Parks and Gardens.
Chiang Mai Erotic Garden: #46/3, M. 3, Soi 5, T. Huay Sai, A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180 | Open: 10:00-16:00 (Tue-Sun) | Admission Fee: 300 B | Tel: +66 83 318 4855 | Website | E-mail
WHERE TO STAY IN MAE RIM
Four Season Resort
A premier choice for discerning travellers, the Four Seasons boasts traditional villas and pavilions with unique art pieces and handspun Thai fabrics. Polished teak flooring, high fans, spaciousness and lots of natural light are enhanced by in-room amenities like mini-bars, WiFi and quality toiletries. Several eateries, swimming pools, a bar-lounge and a heavenly wellness spa are the top resort features. An added bonus is a prime location close to the attractions of the Mae Sa Valley…more info & booking
Jirung Health Village
Jirung is a sanctuary at which guests are able to escape the stress of modern living. A setting amid trees beside a lake with distant mountains as a backdrop is inspiring. Family and honeymoon suites plus traditional bungalows and colonial themed villas cater to all budgets. Depending on the accommodation chosen, extras such as air-conditioning, balconies and free toiletries enhance the guest experience. The Jirung has a swimming pool, restaurant and free shuttle services to Chiang Mai…more info & booking
Mae Rim Lagoon
The Mae Rim Lagoon enjoys a rural location close to the Mae Sa Valley. Guests get to choose from accommodation covering everything from budget rooms for 10 occupants to luxury suites. All rooms are designed for comfort and are spacious, bright and contain all basic facilities. Baked items and fresh coffee from the onsite Grandma’s Kitchen are served every morning…more info & booking
At Nata Chiang Mai Chic Jungle
The At Nata is situated in the vicinity of Mae Sa Waterfall and offers well-appointed rooms and cottages with attractive décor and bespoke artwork. Satellite TV, air-conditioning and balconies are among the bonuses of the accommodation. Lovely landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, a restaurant and function rooms are key highlights of the facilities at the At Nata…more info & booking
Mae Sa Valley Garden Resort
This delightful Mae Sa resort is spread over a forested hill and within walking range of the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden. Standard cottages here are available with fans or air-conditioning. Deluxe and family cottages plus the larger villas are air-conditioned. Balconies, en suite bathrooms, herbal toiletries, free WiFi internet access and 24/7 room service offer that extra comfort factor. Two restaurants, function rooms, a swimming pool, a spa, shuttle services and the onsite Arts and Crafts Centre are the chief resort facilities…more info & booking
HOW TO GET TO MAE RIM
Mae Rim Market is 15kms north of Chang Phuak Bus Station. Highway 107 links the two locations. Songthaew shared taxis run on this route between 06:00 and 18:00. Buses and air-conditioned passenger vans from Chang Phuak Bus Station to Mae Taeng, Fang and Thaton all call at Mae Rim en route. For locations not on Highway 107 and the Mae Sa Valley, tourists will have to rent red songthaews in Chiang Mai, hire self-drive cars or motorcycles. Read more on Mae Taeng, Fang and Thaton Travel Guides.
Chang Phuak Bus Station: #108/27, Chang Phuak Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 04:00-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 211 586, +66 53 223 900 |