Chiang Mai is a land of mountains, forests, and waterfalls. For us Thais, the Northern city is our go-to escape. We couldn’t ask for a better place to relax and go on an adventure at the same time. Among our favorite places in Chiang Mai are the 100-meter-tall Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls. Even more than swimming, we love climbing Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls.
Yes, you can climb them. With the limestone-coated white rocks, you can step and hold onto their sticky surface while climbing. In a more difficult spot, rope is also provided, so you won’t slip. The waterfalls are surrounded by greenery and there’s a lot of water year round, so there’s no bad time to visit.
Somehow, Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls remain a hidden gem, but we’re happy to share this secret with anyone looking for fun and adventure. And if you’re looking to combine the one-of-a-kind waterfalls with other things to do in Chiang Mai, check out our recommendations below. From historic places to ethical elephant sanctuary, our Local Experts have come up with a variety of interesting combinations.
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If you want to save your evening for street food hopping, consider making Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls your only destination and return to Chiang Mai Old City area in the afternoon.
Though you’ll only be traveling to Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls, there are other attractions right in the area. Jedsee Fountain (Seven-Colored Fountain) and Bua Tong Cave are part of the trip and our Local Expert will be happy to reveal the myths and legends behind them for you.
Chiang Mai is home to many elephants camps and sanctuaries. Instead of riding elephants and watching elephant shows, let’s walk beside them and take care of them. This way, we aren’t physically harming them or putting them under stress.
At ethical elephant sanctuaries, we can walk with elephants through the jungles, feed them, and bathe them. We can also help prepare food and medicine for the elephants. It’s possible to do all these activities in the morning before going to Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls in the afternoon.
Chiang Dao Cave amazed us with more than stalactites and stalagmites. The limestone cave is located beneath Thailand’s third largest mountain, which is also considered one of the holiest mountains for Chiang Mai locals. Legend has it that Chiang Dao Cave is the gathering place of all ghosts and spirits in Chiang Mai. We couldn’t help feeling the chill as we followed our local friend through the dimly lit cavern dotted with small shrines and Buddha statues.
If you’re into both nature and spirituality, visiting Chiang Dao Cave and Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls in one day is an interesting idea.
There are times when we want to slow down and relax right after an adventure. Not too far from Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls are pretty places where we can do just that. Depending on the season, we can visit different farms and watch the farmers go about their business. Then drive a bit further for lakeside local lunch at Mae Ngat Dam and Reservoir.
After delicious lunch with a view, let’s head back to the city area. A beautiful teakwood temple is waiting for us. It’s never crowded and we love how we never feel like sardines in a can there.
Climbing up and cooling down at Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls is definitely one of our favorite since it’s easy to combine with other activities for a day trip. (But there’s nothing wrong if you want to spend your whole day there.) We at TakeMeTour have over 800 local tours across 55 cities in Thailand, so feel free to ask our Local Experts for .