Bua Tong Waterfall Chiang Mai
If you’re planning to visit the lush and tropical Northwestern region of Thailand I would highly recommend checking out Bua Tong Waterfall Chiang Mai aka Sticky Waterfalls. This was one of the only place I didn’t visit when I lived in Chiang Mai a few years ago. I saw pictures and thought it was an artificial tourist gimmick but after a friend of mine visited and I saw how amazing it was I had to see it for myself.
As you can see in my pictures and video below, you can literally walk up and down these waterfalls without any worry of falling, hence the name “Sticky Waterfalls”. The Sticky Waterfalls get their name from athemineral deposits which make both non-slippery and easy to walk on.
Bua Tong Waterfall near Chiang Mai is a small and beautiful multi-level waterfall made of limestone and other mineral deposits allowing visitors to literally walk down them. The limestone creates enough friction allowing you to walk with shoes or barefoot with ease, but there is also a rope you can hold onto if you’re worried of falling. We started our hike down fully clothed but after reaching the bottom of the first waterfall we decided to remove our shoes and wear only our swimwear.
As I mentioned above, this is a multi-tier waterfall with 5 different levels to experience but there are also steps on the side of the waterfall leading all the way to the bottom for the less adventurous visitors. I definitely didn’t upload all the incredible pictures we took but I hope these images give you a good idea of how amazing and unique this place is.
As recommended by the forest rangers on site, most people usually walk to the bottom of the waterfall and then climb back up the top using the stairs. This place was perfect after our long and hot drive in walking around and taking pictures in the clear and refreshing water.
How Much Does Bua Tong Waterfall Cost?
We actually didn’t have to pay anything! Which was a huge surprise to me as a farang, especially with how well maintained the park was and how many staff or forest rangers I saw around working on various things in the park.
So if you’re want the perfect place to have a picnic or you’re looking for a nice day trip to spend surrounded by incredible nature then Bua Tong Waterfall is the place to go! I honestly can’t say enough good things about this place and was really impressed with how beautiful and well maintained it is.
How to Get to Bua Tong Waterfall from Chiang Mai
Bua Tong Waterall is about 1 and a half hours north of Chiang Mai or approximately 60km and is best taking route 107 or 1001. We were actually coming from Doi Saket and originally tried to take the shorter route via Mae Kuang Dam suspension bridge but of course Google Maps got us lost, which happens alot in Thailand so we had to back track and take the other routes I suggested.
If you don’t want to drive yourself on a motorbike then you can also arrange a tour or driver for around 1000 baht, more or less depending on your negotiating skills and how many people you are going with.
Bua Tong Waterfall Chiang Mai
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