Northeast of Chiang Mai city center along Highway 107, Mae Rim is an increasingly popular resort destination with ample facilities and immediate access to mountain retreats near Chiang Mai. In many ways, Mae Rim is Chiang Mai’s one-stop jungle depot, with exotic animal farms, botanic gardens, rafting tours and hiking expeditions all on the agenda.
Most resorts in Mae Rim are accessible from the highway, but set back far enough on lightly wooded grounds that guests aren’t aware of the traffic. As these establishments are around 30 minutes outside of Chiang Mai city center, they offer comprehensive facilities including swimming pools, restaurants and lounges.
Just before reaching Mae Rim from Chiang Mai, drivers pass a turn-off for Mae-Sa. As gateway to the mountainous backcountry that has made Mae Rim famous, Mae Sa operates butterfly and orchid farms along with snake, elephant, monkey and tiger centers and a host of adventure sport arenas. The Mae-Sa Golf Course is also here, which attracts an even mix of locals and tourists.
Tourists who really want to explore this backcountry can hire a medium-sized motorbike or a car and explore on their own. Past Mae Rim, the road narrows and winds through beautiful mountain scenes. The rustic accommodation near Mae Rim is set in one of Chiang Mai’s most attractive settings, and staying here is often a highlight for tourists who hadn’t expected to find such quaint surroundings so close to Chiang Mai city center.