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Bua Tong waterfall

If you are planning to visit Chiang Mai anytime soon, you should definitely visit the amazing waterfalls that the city offers. There are so many of them you can choose from. Today we will be discussing one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Thailand that is very popular among tourists as well as locals.

Immerse yourself in a comprehensive guide on the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall, as we explore every aspect of this natural wonder, its fascinating limestone formations, and the exhilarating adventure of ascending its gravity-defying cascades!

The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall of Chiang Mai

About the Bua Tong Waterfall

The Bua Tong Waterfall is an impressive waterfall located at one and a half-hour drive from Chiang Mai city. Since the waterfall originates from a mineral spring, the water keeps flowing all year round. However, there are certain times when the waterfall looks absolutely stunning.

We will reveal that secret towards the end of the blog so keep reading. The area around the waterfall in itself is so beautiful that you do not need any other activity to hold your attention. The rocks around the waterfall are creme-coloured and huge.

It looks scenic against the backdrop of the lush green forest. The waterfall has five layers to it. You can explore these layers by climbing against the waterfall or by taking some 100 or more steps up the various layers.

Where to Eat at the Bua Tong Waterfall?

There are several stalls and shops selling snacks and drinks at the entrance of the Si Lanna National Park, inside which the waterfall is located. There are tables also where you can comfortably sit and enjoy your meal amidst the beauty of nature.

However, if you feel the food options at the premises are limited, you can take a short 5-minute ride to the outdoor market located very close to the park. Here, you can find several open-aired restaurants and also vendors selling grilled meat, packaged food, and fresh fruits.

Remember that you are not allowed to eat or drink near the waterfall, so finish your snacks before proceeding there or you could be fined.

The Bua Tong waterfall is also one of the most unique waterfalls in Chiang Mai. It is due to a peculiar trait owing to which it is called the sticky waterfall. Let us find out why it is called so!

Why is the Bua Tong Waterfall also called Sticky Waterfalls?

The Bua Tong waterfall is popularly known as the sticky waterfall owing to the mineral deposit on the waterfall rocks. Due to the limestone deposit, no algae or slime adheres to the rock and hence they have excellent grip.

Due to this grip, it is possible to climb all the way up to the waterfall which makes this waterfall very unique and popular.

Limestone deposit at the Sticky Waterfall

How to Reach the Bua Tong Waterfall

The Bua Tong waterfall is located at a distance of 60kms from Chiang Mai city. It will roughly take about an hour and a half to reach here from downtown Chiang Mai. You can travel both on your own vehicle or can take public transport.

You can alternatively rent a scooter from the best bike rentals in Chiang Mai. If you are traveling by songthaew, it will cost you around 1000 baht for a round trip.

When to visit The Bua Tong Waterfall

As discussed earlier, there is no off-season at the Bua Tong Waterfall; it is better to visit the waterfall during the wet seasons. During monsoons, the speed of the waterfall is enormous making it look more magnanimous.

We suggest that you should ideally visit the waterfall during the early hours of the day, around 8-9 in the morning. The reason is that during the early hours, the waterfall is usually very serene and quiet. It becomes a perfect spot for meditation and contemplation.

If you don’t like visiting crowded spots, avoid visiting here on the weekends.


Jordan Walsh
Founder - Thailand Nomads

Jordan started Thailand Nomads primarily for sharing his experience of exploring Thailand for several years. The objective is to help tourists especially digital nomads plan their travel itinerary when visiting Thailand.