Sticky Waterfall (Bua Tong Waterfalls) in Chiang Mai

The Bua Tong Waterfalls, or better known as the Sticky Waterfall, is a hidden natural wonder and a great insider tip for Chiang Mai. This place is beautiful, and as a highlight, you can climb the rushing Bua Tong Waterfalls up and down. The round, sticky rocks are almost white and offer an amazing contrast to the deep green jungle. So, pack your bathing suits and let’s go! This waterfall in Chiang Mai is really worth seeing and a tour to the Sticky Waterfall is a must-do while exploring the North of the country.

In this guide, we give you all the important information about the Sticky Waterfall in Chiang Mai. In addition, we show you great pictures, give tips on how to get there and why a trip to the Bua Tong Waterfall is definitely worth it!

Good to know!

Admission to Sticky Waterfall is free of charge and there is plenty of parking available on site! The opening hours of the park are daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Great guided tours to the waterfall can be found online at GetYourGuide. Usually, an excursion is combined with visits to elephants, beautiful temples and interesting caves.

The Sticky Waterfall is definitely one of the most extraordinary attractions in the region. The best things to do in Chiang Mai and the surrounding area are listed here.


The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall

The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall, better known as the Sticky Waterfall, is a waterfall in Chiang Mai, in the Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve, which is a beautiful nature park that offers several exciting activities. In addition, during a tour to the famous Sticky Waterfall, you can also go on a beautiful jungle hike, have a picnic and visit the marvelous Nam Phu Chet Si Spring.

At the entrance of this nature park, you will find a restaurant, toilets and picnic areas. At the weekend, this destination is popular, especially for locals. Nevertheless, the Bua Tong waterfalls are never overcrowded. On the contrary, on weekdays, especially in the morning, you often have this natural jewel all to yourself. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy beautiful nature.

The undisputed highlight of the park is of course the Sticky Waterfall. This waterfall is truly unique in Thailand and a highly recommended tour from Chiang Mai. The peculiarity lies in its unique appearance. Over 3 levels this snow-white waterfall with the water-rich in calcium falls down the slope. Because of the minerals somehow there is so much grip on the rocks that you can easily walk up the falls. It is amazing to climb the Sticky Waterfall like Spiderman up and down. All the white ropes provide good grip, but you should be a little careful about the slippery green algae. A huge fun for young and old! And as you can see, we really enjoyed the waterfall climbing.

Nam Phu Chet Si Spring

Not far from the Sticky Waterfall is another beautiful nature attraction: The picturesque spring Nam Phu Chet Si. The short hike leads through an idyllic jungle path, only about 10-15 minutes to the spring. Once there, you will be astonished by the beautiful mineral geyser, the Nam Phu Chet Si spring, which shimmers in breath-taking shades of blue. If you look closely, you will discover bubbles, this is the calcium carbonate that rises. Immediately this natural wonder reminded us of the Blue Pool at Emerald Pool in Krabi.

How to get to Sticky Waterfall

The Bua Tong Waterfalls are located approximately 70 kilometers from Chiang Mai. If you want to explore the Sticky Waterfall on your own, you can take a scooter or a rental car to the waterfalls or otherwise pick a taxi. The Price for the scooter is around 250 baht. The distance to the waterfalls is at least one hour, depending on traffic.

Tip: The traffic in Chiang Mai can be horrible. For that, you better skip the main road and take the side road Nr. 1001.


Tours to Sticky Waterfall

The Sticky Waterfall can also be visited quite comfortably via a guided excursion. These usually start from Chiang Mai and are often combined with other destinations in the region. On the online portal GetYourGuide you can find various great excursions and cheap boat tours. Practical are also the reviews, which you can compare before booking. Perfect if you want to organize your trip to Sticky Waterfall in advance.

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