Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si), Chiang Mai

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Situated just an hour’s drive from the city, Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si) showcases a natural limestone waterfall, renowned for its visually appealing and unusual aesthetics, particularly the way sunlight dapples and splits in the area, creating awe-inspiring rainbows. The spot contains quite a few convenient and beginner-friendly climbing spots, thanks to the mineral coating which makes the surface surprisingly non-slippery. Be sure to ask locals, or do your own research on how to get here beforehand, as there there’s not a lot of signs marking the route to the waterfall. Be sure to bring towels, as you'll likely get wet. Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Chiang Mai Edition.
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  • Great day at Sticky Falls. They are so fun and different to any “normal” waterfall. I suggest you walk the trail All the way down and chill by the small pool then hike up the waterfalls all the way up...  more »
  • We took about one hour ride by scooter on us to reach the so-called "sticky waterfalls", and I am hardly arrived, the ride was even forgotten. These waterfalls are really worth it. Beautiful to look at and you can climb waterfalls then use of ropes. So Pack swimsuits and let's go. By the way, admission is free!
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  • This waterfall is the best we have attended in our three journey to Asia so far! You can walk it up and down and the long driving from Chiang Mai is worthwhile in any case. There were not many tourists there, you could park for free, and you had to pay to visit the waterfall also no admission. Bathing suit wrap up and have fun! Absolutely something what will long be remembered great!
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  • Beautiful spot. About an hour trip on a scooter, very easy to navigate and well worth it. There are only a couple shops and you are not hounded to buy things. The rocks of the falls are very grippy, I could have spent all day climbing up and down them. Cool air but the water is warm as it’s from a fountain
  • Totally worth a visit! Best waterfall I have seen around CM so far. It’s about an hour drive on a motorbike from the city (very easy and pleasant drive). I was there on a bank holiday and there was no admission fee (however not sire if it’s always free) but even if there was, it’s still worth it. Bring a bathing suit and enjoy that lovely waterfall and the beautiful surroundings!
  • We hired a taxi for the day and had him drive us to the waterfalls. This was nice bc we could leave our bags in the car with him while we climbed. It was SO much fun and SO worth the trip! We had a blast climbing and yes, you will get wet. We left our shoes at the top and they were fine.
  • We walked and played around here for hours. I had never seen or felt sticky waterfalls before. Very unique and natural! There weren't many other tourists when we were there. And very doable by motorbike from Chiang Mai!
  • Totally worth the one hour drive to get to this "waterfall". It's more of a cascade over lumpy boulders thru forested hills, and it's totally fun. Our family of five had a blast walking all the way down and then back up inside the waterfall. It's surreal to walk without worry of slipping or falling when the water is rushing around your legs.

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