Also known as the “Sticky Water Fall”
Where is Bua Tong Waterfall
Deep in the northern jungle of Thailand rests Bua Tong waterfall. These epic falls are about an hour outside of the city. You can either rent a motorbike and just type in the destination, as we did, or you can book a tour with an organization. There are limitless number of tours or drivers who you can book in Chiang Mai.
Despite being set in the jungle, the Bua Tong waterfall is quite accessible. Well maintained roads lead you straight into the gated park, which is the entrance to the falls. The entry area has a large picnic area as well as some nature trail paths. Once you arrive, you need to head straight into the park from the parking lot and will find staircase descending to the falls. There are places all along the path to stop and take pictures, but the best shot is all the way at the bottom. You find a large shallow pool and are able to get a fantastic shot of most of the waterfall. If you are looking to climb Bua Tong waterfall with the ropes, you begin your journey from the pool at the bottom.
Bua Tong Price
The entry fee to the National park for the waterfall is free!!! The cost of getting transportation from the city to and from the waterfall is what’s more expensive. Hiring a private driver will cost you at least 1000 baht ($30). Or, for a cheaper option, you could hitch a ride with one of the red tourist songthaews in Chiang Mai. It will likely cost you a couple hundred baht per person.
We chose to rent a motorbike, which is by far the cheapest option. Our rental was actually included with our Airbnb, but a normal rental will run about 200 baht for the day. Keep in mind, the trip on a motorbike takes about an hour or more. After about 40 minutes it gets pretty uncomfortable. It’s definitely doable, but consider breaking up the trip and swinging by the Tiger Kingdom (more info here). We recommend the motorbike because it gives you flexibility and is the cheapest option.
Climbing Bua Tong Waterfall
You can easily walk straight up this rushing waterfall, surrounded by water cascading over the rocks. They have tied ropes throughout the different levels of the falls, making it safe to climb to the top. Overall the rocks aren’t very slippery, making it