Bua Thong Waterfall near Chiang Mai is a small and beautiful, multi-tiered waterfall made of limestone and mineral deposits. It has been nicknamed ‘the sticky waterfall’ because the limestone creates enough friction to stop slipping, so making it very easy to climb up the waterfall (with the help of ropes). The limestone is slightly rough but it isn’t painful to step on, and forms an interesting bubbly pattern. There are 5 different levels to experience and steps on the side of the waterfall leading all the way to the bottom. Most people walk to the bottom and then climb up the waterfall to the top. On a hot and humid day the water is cool and refreshing.
While many people wear swimsuits and explore the waterfall, there is lots to do if you don’t want to climb up Bua Tong. At the entrance is a picnic spot and a few restaurants, and many Thai people spend the day at Bua Thong Waterfall, eating and drinking. There is also a pleasant walk from the picnic area leading to a shrine with a few pools of crystal clean water from the waterfall, butterflies and birds along the way.
Please note Bua Thong Waterfall is about an hour and a half away from Chiang Mai and easy to get to by scooter. You can also rent a taxi or red car to drive you up there for the day. The cost is dependent on your negotiating skills and how many people you are travelling with but you can expect to pay around 1000 baht for a return journey.
Bua Thong Waterfall
- Location: Highway 1001, Mae Taeng district, Chiang Mai