How to make the most of a week in Chiang Mai – Part 2

Looking to slake my thirst for adventure and the wide outdoors, I found a great match in Chiang Mai. You've already read about how I went ziplining through a rainforest, got a bird's eye view while hot air ballooning, washed and fed elephants and walked through limestone caves. Here's the next installment of my adventures at charming Chiang Mai

5.Mae Ya Waterfall

Wild and free, as all good things

Inside Doi Inthanon National Park is one of Thailand's biggest waterfalls, at 280m high and 100m wide. They call it a waterfall, but that's like calling the Taj Mahal a building. Countless cascades spill into each other, this is a magical experience not to be missed. Ten levels of waterfalls spread out in the middle of a thick forest make their presence felt from way out and the trail is a charmer too.

The rocks at the base are perfect; you can to get sprayed with these roaring waters and soak yourself as much as you can without getting washed away! I spent all afternoon doing that and walked out with every cell feeling brand new.

6.Thailand's highest spot - Summit of the Doi Inthanon

Another day, another high

These mountains are said to be the foothills to the Himalayas, and the weather here was the best I've had in a long time.

Looks like something straight out of a fairytale, doesn't it?

A walk on the summit is super refreshing and there's a whole national park to explore from here, so go prepared! The twin pagodas are a popular attraction nearby.

The sun streaming in on this temple at the summit is pure magic

7.Temples of Chiang Mai

The artistic skill and architecture evident in these temples make them a must-visit even if you aren't big on religion and history. Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh were two exceptionally serene temples to walk around in. The morning we visited, monks sat facing these temples, bringing them alive on canvas. At Wat Chedi Luang, they have a 'Chat with a monk' programme where a visitor can have a conversation with a monk, for a small donation.

The amazing Monk Chat programme at Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa)
Wat Chedi Luang - 6 centuries old and still beautiful as ever
A golden moment inside a temple

8.San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

About 36km north of Chiang Mai, these hot springs are not to be missed. The views more than make up for the strong smell of sulphur in the air.

I love it when nature gets this dramatic, and staying here until sunset on my first day proved to be a great idea with these views.

When nature forgets to turn off the stove
Take me back, please?
'Put yourself in the way of beauty', sounds like perfect advice now
Throwing in a dash of Yoga at the hot springs to feel as young and free as nature beckons us to

And where there's a hot spring, there's a super refreshing foot spa to be indulged in. Walk out with feet ready for more adventure!

Happiest feet. Soaking in the mineral-rich waters known for their many health benefits

These are four of eight spectacular ways to make the most of Chiang Mai, each unique and not-to-be-missed. All these adventures added up and became one massive reset button for me, making me feel brand new and super-refreshed to the core. Staying forever adventurous seems the surest way to staying forever young!

In 6 days, Chiang Mai showed me more adventures, excitement and beauty than I thought I could handle. Here’s to many more on my next visit, because I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface and this is only the beginning!