ADSactly Travels - The 10 Levels of Mae Sa Waterfalls

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Mae Sa Waterfalls is a gorgeous 10 level waterfall located within the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Its green season is remarkable with hiking trails and its coolest season feels like a proper winter camping in the mountains. It has an abundance of wildlife and fish that are highlighted at the ranger stations. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is often a center for children's camps because of this richness in nature. Tourists who travel to Chiang Mai almost always stop by Mae Sa Waterfalls while in the Suthep Mountains. Local visitors often take their loved ones during the coolest seasons in the months of December and January making Mae Sa Waterfalls a favorite of the North.

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The first 5 stages are more suitable for families with children because they are all extremely small waterfalls with playable pools. From levels 6 to 10 there's only level 8 that's dangerous to swim in because of the rock formation and power of the water's current. There are signs that forbid visitors from swimming at the 8th level but as people walk along the trail, one can feel the thunderous force of this beautiful waterfall. The 10 levels all together make this legendary waterfall a must-do on every Chiang Mai visitor's list, a great holiday for families and a romantic getaway for the locals.

Brothers at the Falls

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My youngest brother has lived his whole life in the desert of Las Vegas so Mae Sa Waterfalls was his first waterfall. My brother Luke is about 25 years old and has a great sense of adventure so naturally, he wanted to start at the highest level. We had to find a great picnic area around the 6th level to group up and leave most of our belongings. After we managed to get our party in a comfortable area, we grabbed some needed equipment and headed to the 10th level of the waterfall.

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It was a wonderful hiking trail in the mountain forest of Northern Thailand where I finally got to breath fresh air again. The water had a muddy color to it from the heavy rains the night before and the stream's power showcased how powerful Mother Nature really is. The total distance of the waterfall's trail is 1.5 kilometers or just a bit under a mile and the terrain changes levels on a number of occasions. At times the trail scales high mountainside but it's made good enough to give you a good sense of safety.

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We fought through exhaustion from our hangovers as we saw a family of four with a 10 and 8-year-old walking back through the trail. After all, I couldn't look bad and out of shape in front of their energized children as we greeted each other in passing. When we finally reached the 10th level, my body was fully soaked in sweat from all the humidity and cardio hiking there. Luke and I greeted a young tourist couple before dipping into the cool waters of the 10th level named Lan Thay. A feeling of gratefulness came over me as I realized I was spending quality time with my youngest brother in the magical waters of Lan Thay.

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We spent quality moments in the waters of Lan Thay and then started for the 9th level named Wat Hang because we wanted to take a dip in all the pools at all the available levels.

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The 9th level was a very small waterfall and had 3 pools that were safe to swim in. We then went straight to the 7th level because we already knew the 8th level was dangerous.

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The 7th level called Tat Phanarom was gorgeous but still a bit dangerous to swim in for children. I didn't swim in this pool because the water was a bit strong so I took more slow-motion footage of Tat Phanarom.

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The rock formation at this level was breathtaking and created a pool before leveling down to the 6th level. Tat Phanarom's last pool seemed like it's safe enough to swim after the raining season but I didn't want to risk getting pushed through the 6th level waterfall because of the water pressure.

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We jumped in the 6th level pool named Tat Muei and instantly felt the water's supreme force. Luke and I had to quickly position ourselves to a safe area in the pool. We enjoyed the last pool we wanted to swim in but when it was time to exit the pool, the water pressure was throwing us around like rag dolls. We were finally able to find the correct path and safely exit the pool with the powerful waterfall current still running through it. We met up with the rest of our group and sat for long moments telling them about the upper levels they didn't get to hike to.

Refueling with Nipple Noodles

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Our uncle Beau went to college at Chiang Mai University so he knew all the great eateries. When he said he was taking us to eat some Nipple Noodles, I thought he was joking. When we got to the actual eatery and it was really called Nipple Noodles, I knew I had to ask them about the story behind the nipple. The noodle eatery has been around for decades and is extremely popular among the university students as a place to gather after a night out partying.

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The nipple part of Nipple Noodles comes from their fish meatballs that are made extra small and resembles a nipple. The name stuck so the eatery owner decided to officially change the name to Nipple Noodles decades ago. After I heard the story, my initial thought was that they may have gotten famous because of this small gimmick but when I tasted the broth, it was deliciously eye-opening.

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The broth was perfectly salty with a savory umami flavor from being boiled with the small fish meatballs. The fish meatballs themselves had a fluffiness as we bit into them. The most popular type of noodle is the small rice vermicelli-like noodles. I ended up having 3 bowls along with my uncle and brother. Our appetites from the hike were the size of Godzilla and we filled it properly with nipple noodles. We all left with warm smiles and headed back to the resort to rest up for the next day's adventures.

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I've never been Thailand no less Chiang Mai or the Mae Sa Valley but I would absolutely get on a scooter! Sounds like a great time and I'm all about road trips and getting away from people and noise. Just to be out there on the road (used to be with my best friend) and get centered and to relax. One thing I will say though is I would hope the mosquitos wouldn't ruin the wonderful moment :) The Phi houses are so intriguing and the waterfalls sound and look absolutely beautiful, Great post! :)

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It was a beautiful trip and you would have so much fun riding around Chiang Mai on scooters. Thanks for coming by and hope you have a great weekend.

"Always appreciate having you all on the road with us..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

@stewsak, For sure Adventure is beautiful and exciting aspect and in my opinion in life this chapter should be there to explore the life to more extents.

And literally i want to say that these Waterfalls are so healing and i am imagining the sound of water, and for sure it would reflect as music of the water.

Yes, if we observe then the beautiful part of nature is, we can see many breathtaking rocks and mountains which holds unique formations and these reflects like true art pieces.

And in my opinion you've enjoyed the foodie stuff because, in pictures the appearance of foodie stuff is awesome. Hope that you'll had an great time.

Wishing you an great day and stay blessed. 🙂

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The sound of the water was thunderous. It was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed every level. A bit tired at the end but great memories. Thanks for coming by and have a great week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

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Great to hear these words. Thank you so much and stay blessed. 🙂

The total distance of the waterfall's trail is 1.5 kilometers or just a bit under a mile...

That’s very short distance for that many waterfalls. It must be very exciting to walk and every here and there to see this amazing mother of nature. I’m nature lover and I have a special place with multiple waterfalls in a very short distance as well. Here is one of them. I’d say level 1 based on ratings from your waterfalls.
CD36AF8D-54E3-4A7D-97F9-E8370D0D6441.jpegHowever, there are other much bigger which I would probably rate as 8 or 9. I can see you, your brother and everyone else had a great time. Great experience! I’m a soup lover as well and I bet I would end up with at least three bowls of Nipple Noodles soups as well 😆. Nice pictures!

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It was a trip the whole family will remember full of joy and laughter and you're gonna love Nipple Noodles. Have an awesome night.

"Always appreciate having you all on the road with us..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

Fabulous story and images, @stewsak. Really the waterfalls look stunning and the food delicious. Thailand is considered as one of the world's tourist powers. If there is one interesting thing to travel is to share with loved ones, have a moment of connection with them, but also with the environment, know their social customs, cultural, gastronomic. It is part of that natural journey that is worth doing for the world! One of the things I like most about this post is that there is a real tour of the pools, that is, the tour is told by people who participate, who live, who comment from their experience. That was good and I congratulate you! Thank you for sharing.

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All of the pools were memorable. I would love to go back after the rainy season and swim in them again when the waters are clear. The waters were super powerful that day and I'm grateful for that experience. Thanks for coming by and have an excellent week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

Thanks @stewask for taking along 10 levels of waterfall...really it is above our imagination to see such a adventurous place exist on earth . The real excitement and adventure really begins from 6 level with sloppy stramy waterfall. It is a good place to enjoy every bit of nature. Like luke enjoying it..anyone who never saw nature so close would gonna chreish such adventure trip throighout life....adventure picnic and nipple..😉 ...glad you guys have so much fun and enjoyment......steem on 👍

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Yes, Luke had a blast and those levels really prepared me for all the noodles. Thanks for stopping by and have a tremendous week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

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Great to see such amazing nature...where you will enjoy everything....hiking , eating , enjoyment and that too so close to nature....really enjoyed the whole trip..👌

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Great pics! Upvoted!!

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Thanks a million!

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Great job,,, great man

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Thanks a billion!

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

sir adsactly! wow this is simply an amazing group of photo and the detailed adventure of visiting these falls is so impressive. If I ever get to Thailand these falls will have to be on my list, thank you for a great post!

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So glad you enjoyed the post and have a superb week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
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thank you sir and keep up the great work!

I really want to taste the Nipple Noodles someday. Also the scenery is priceless!

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Those were some great noodles my friend, LOL. Have an outstanding week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

After a very strong bath, nothing better than the others to comfort the soul and the body.

I will not lie to you, the photos of the pools make me a little afraid to see the waterfall, the power of mother nature in all its splendor.

But I would definitely go to hang out there or fish in that place and especially to eat those delicious noodles, I will try to make my own fish meatballs.

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The waters felt like paradise and I wish I had more time there. I guess we all say that. Thanks for coming by and have a great week.

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What a Beautiful photography ,,,

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Thanks a trillion!

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Very nice naturely water fall pic and noodle is taste,,,, yuuuum

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The waters there felt heavenly. I wish to go back after the rainy season when the waters are clear. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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Wishing you the best- @stewsak

That is amazing

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Thanks a million!

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
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Good travelling,,, you are very lucky man .I like it

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Super glad you enjoyed the post and have a great week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
Wishing you the best- @stewsak

Good post at this time,,, I love naturel,,,

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Nature is true beauty. Have a great week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
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Waooo,,,,cool water and nature,,, @adsactly

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Glad you liked it. It was awesome and felt peaceful. Have a marvelous week.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
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Everyday rain in India occurs on the waterfall

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That's awesome. Would love to see them all one day.

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Wishing you the best- @stewsak

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Nature is best.

"Always appreciate having you along for the journey..."
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Beautiful! I have always been intrigued with waterfalls.

This post was upvoted and resteemed by @thethreehugs. Thank you for your support!

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I am also a big fan and try to go to as many as possible :)

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Same here!