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. Plan your visit to Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Chiang Mai tour planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Had such a good morning climbing the waterfall. We had taken swimwear but just went up in shorts and vest in the end. I found it easier to climb bare foot. The kids were up and down like monkeys and l...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    A beautiful spot in the forest, not far from Chiang Mai. Actually, you can climb waterfalls, and here is an interesting activity, hiking, outdoors.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Had a spare day in chiang Mai so decided to ride our hired motorcycle out to the waterfall and so glad we did. We went early to avoid the grounds and when we arrived there were only us and a few other...  more »
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  • May 11, 2017
    Absolutely worth the effort to get here, which usually means renting a motorbike or maybe hiring a van for a group. Walking up a waterfall (in particular) is just not an everyday occurrence for most of us but here you can do that, as well as descend the waterfalls and have great fun doing it. Even my rather timid wife had a ball. I didn't imagine I'd get her to descend the falls but she did and had no trouble (and a lot of fun doing it). The water was very refreshing on the hot day we were there. We descended the stairs so we could start at the bottom since it's the most difficult area to access, and it some ways, the most scenic. That said, I'd really suggest just descending by way of the falls, in may ways that was easier than the not-so-great stairs (not a staircase by any means). We ended up climbing the falls, descending the falls, then climbing them (via a bit different route) again. It was great exercise too! I'd really call it a "must do" if you can arrange it, it's not an opportunity you'll find very often (if ever). Oh, and the entry cost is zero (though they do have donation boxes). There is a semi-modern toilet/shower building; it's fine for taking care of nature calls and changing but I wouldn't count on showers.
  • August 23, 2017
    Amazing and one of a kind waterfall! You must visit this place. Different experience and lots of fun climbing up on the waterfall.
  • June 26, 2017
    Beautiful place, just over an hour from Chang Mai. Its easier than i thought to climb this waterfall, and they do have ropes at most points to help out. also there is a very short hike to a cool lagoon with a natural spring. A uniquely fun waterfall in my experience!
  • May 26, 2017
    Do not go here without a car to return you! we made that mistake as the uber driver decided that she could not wait for us and said that a bus would come in to get us. We found out that this was not true though. The falls were lovely and a great climb up the rapids. I would recommend this is a 80 degree angle so you will want to be fairly fit to climb all three tiers. Nice place and a great stop.
  • August 19, 2017
    So happy we went there, the kids enjoyed very much. Cool place. Must visit ...

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