Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai (also known as Bua Tong Waterfall) is a popular attraction known for its unique limestone texture. This makes it incredibly easy to scale the three different layers of the falls. You’ll be sure to have an unforgettable and fun time while visiting Sticky Waterfall.
How to get to Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai
To get to Chiang Mai, we used 12Go to book an overnight train from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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We drove ourselves there on our scooter which we rented for 200 Baht per day. From Chiang Mai city centre, Google Maps says that it is roughly a 1 hour drive. However, it took us closer to 2 hours. The drive isn’t through tough terrain and it’s mostly straight on the motorway for majority of the drive. You’ll have to navigate your way around heavy Thailand traffic so if you’re not a confident driver then you can also take a local ‘songtaew’ or you can arrange a driver through a tour company.
Where to stay in Chiang Mai
The best area for tourists to stay in Chiang Mai is in or around the Old City. Within the Old City you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, hostels and hotels. We decided to stay closer to the river which gave us access to the Night Bazaar which had delicious food and cheap market stalls. Ratana Hotel is a nice mid range option located close to the night bazaar and even has its own pool. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury within the Old City, you can check out Chala Number6 which is a very popular 5 star traditional Thai hotel.
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Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai is open from 6am – 5pm daily. The waterfall is fairly quiet all day so you won’t have to arrive super early to beat the crowds.
Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai Entrance fee
There is no entrance fee to visit sticky waterfall! As you approach the carpark you’ll have to stop and write down your name and nationality into a log book.
What to expect
Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai is an awesome and unique day activity while visiting Chiang Mai. The light and sturdy limestone makes it very easy for you to scale up and down the three different levels. It only takes 15 minutes to climb up all the levels so be sure not to rush. Once you arrive, you’ll start your waterfall adventure from the top level. You can either use the ropes to scale the waterfall down, or you can walk down the stairs to the right and climb your way back up.
The bottom level is the only spot where you’ll be able to swim. Here you’ll find a clean swimming hole which you can relax in before or after your waterfall climb. The bottom level also has the only spot for you to stand underneath the running water as it flows off the rocks above.
The middle level is the largest and is covered by tress and greenery. There is a rope for you to hang onto while you pull yourself up the falls. You’ll get to cool down as the rushing water splashes of the rocks and refreshes you as you climb back up. There are occasionally mossy bits on the rocks so be cautious not to slip.
The first level is easy to navigate and has a weaker current compared to the others. This level is not as steep as the others and is a lot easier to climb. From here it’s a short climb back up to the start of the waterfall.
If you feel like getting away from the waterfalls, make sure you head to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for the most incredible views of the city.