Go West Young Man -- Chapter 2: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls
It is every backpackers dream to discover the local secret, to trek off the beaten path, eat a home-cooked meal by the hands of a mother or a grandma. After the rain settled, we had found a waterfall on one of the many map apps we downloaded on our smartphones. It was located outside of the city, off the main roads and in a random area of Chiangmai that I knew many foreigners wouldn't travel to.
About 30 minutes in the hills south of Chiangmai, we drove up these windy roads with some beautiful temples perched on the peaks of the mountains. We passed the road to the waterfall twice, and had to keep pulling over to look at the map and coordinate where this place was. We found a dirt path tucked on the side of this small bridge, and...
... A small hike ensued! We were a bit lost in the woods, but we knew we were on the right trail because there were a few other scooters parked. We started to hear voices and rushing waters, and all the energy we had spent finding this place came rushing back as we climbed onto the rocks and feasted our eyes upon this little gem.
A solid two hours were spent here. There was this huge drop off with a pool about two-three stories down that we were unsure of, because it looked a bit shallow. Scott and I cuddled in that small little bowl, sliding up and down, having the time of our lives, until a local walked over to that cliff and did a backflip off the edge. We screamed, conquered our fear of heights, and jumped also.
To climb back up, there was a sketchy wooden plank that you had to scale up like a monkey. So awesome.
We ended our waterfall adventure by saying our goodbyes to the local who showed us the best parts of that waterfall. In total, there were only 8 of us there. To top it off, we found this small restaurant perched on the side of the mountain, over this beautiful valley. It is, to this day, the best Thai food I had, and one of the best sunset views I've ever experienced while eating dinner.
Man, writing travel blogs are weird. Thoughtful, insightful, and reflective blog post coming up with Mae Sot next~