Sticky Waterfall (Bua Tong Waterfalls) in Chiang Mai
The Bua Tong Waterfalls, or better known as the Sticky Waterfall in Chiang Mai, is a hidden nature wonder and a great insider tip for visiting North Thailand. 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 North of the country.
In this post we will share all the important info about the Sticky Waterfall, a perfect tour, and why a trip to Bua Tong Waterfalls is definitely worth it!
The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall
The Bua Tong 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 marvellous 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 the 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. 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 on 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.
Entrance Fee and opening hours
The is no entrance fee to the Sticky Waterfall! The opening hours are from 8:00 to 17:00.
How to get there
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 easiest way to get to the Sticky waterfall is to join a guided tour from Chiang Mai. These trips usually include some other stops, such as a visit to the Doi Suithep temple. We can recommend this trip here:
Conclusion: The Bua Tong Waterfalls in Chiang Mai, the breath-taking Sticky Waterfall, is a real nature pearl in the North of Thailand. In our opinion, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chiang Mai and a trip there is definitely worth it!
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