Sticky Waterfall (Bua Tong Waterfalls) in Chiang Mai

The Bua Tong Waterfalls near Chiang Mai, better known as the Sticky Waterfall, is a hidden natural wonder and a real insider tip for visiting the North of Thailand. This natural gem is located about 60 kilometers from Chiang Mai city in North Thailand and can be explored either on your own or with a guided tour. A visit to the waterfall is definitely one of the unique things to do in Chiang Mai! Because it is not only worth seeing and beautiful to look at, as a highlight you can climb up and down the rushing Bua Tong Waterfall. The round rocks of the waterfall are almost white and make a great contrast to the deep green of the jungle. So pack your swimsuit and get ready to head to the Sticky Waterfall in Thailand!

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

Good to know!

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.

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.

Of course, you can also visit the Sticky Waterfall by yourself! It takes about 1 hour by scooter or rental car from Chiang Mai to reach the waterfall.

The Sticky Waterfall is certainly one of the most extraordinary attractions in the region. The best day tours from Chiang Mai and the highlights of 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 and down the falls. It is spectacular 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 breathtaking 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 Sticky Waterfall is located about 70 kilometers from Chiang Mai. If you would like to explore the Sticky Waterfall without a guided tour, you can rent a scooter, a rental car, or you can also take a taxi to the waterfall. If you travel by yourself, you have the advantage of taking as long as you want. The trip to the falls takes at least an hour, depending on traffic.

Tip: If you take the parallel road 1001 to the main road, the approach to the Sticky Waterfall is even more beautiful and the traffic is much less.


Guided 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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