Buatong Waterfall is a must see and great fun for anyone visiting Chiang Mai

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Buatong Waterfall is absolutely impressive and gorgeous. A special feature allows you to climb directly up the rocks into the oncoming cascading water

Buatong Waterfall sometimes referred to as Sticky Waterfall for the unique rocks that cover in a limestone deposit, the rocks under the water are ‘sticky’ rather than slippery, meaning you can climb all over them without slipping.

Buatong Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall. The distinction of this place is that the stream contains limestone. This Sticky waterfall is around 100 meters high with two levels and its slope is about 50 degrees. Besides, the waterfall stream, which runs to Huai Mae Pon, is very shady and has many more small beautiful waterfalls. There are a lot of minerals in the water, including calcium carbonate that gushes out of the ground and flows into the stream and the small waterfalls. As the stream is coated by calcium carbonate, it becomes hard which looks so remarkable.

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Start at level 3, which is the bottom most bottom.  It’s the most beautiful by far and least visited as it’s the hardest to reach.

From the top of the waterfall is a picnic area. It set up between the parking area and the falls. This is the only area with trash cans, which means it is the only area where food and drink are allowed. It has small pools looks like someone poured cement down the falls, but really it’s a heavy build up of limestone that has accumulated over the years. The rocks aren’t smooth at all. They have a similar texture to a pumice stone. This gives them a nice grip and safety for the kids.

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Once you start climbing up the falls, you’ll notice your feet seeming to stick to the the rocks, hence “sticky falls”. The unusual surface of the rocks, shaped by the calcium carbonate rich stream that flows over them, has made this waterfall famous. While instinct may tell you that you will slip if you try to step on these rocks, you’ll  be surprised to find that your feet “stick,” thanks to the griping characteristic of the limestone. In some of the areas, the stones create a convenient “staircase,” allowing for folks to simply walk up as the water flows down.

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There’s also another short hike depicted on a large wooden sign near the entrance to the fountain trail. When you are at the top look for a sign to Nam Phu Chet Si. The fountain is the water source of Buatong Waterfall as the water runs from the fountain to Buatong Waterfall for approximately 100 meters. The crystal blue water is considered to have healing energy. There are sticks with attached buckets to them, so it is easy to collect water and splash yourself with it. On a hot day it is a good way to cool yourself down, and if the water really does have some healing abilities then that’s even better.

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How to Getting there

The Buatong Waterfall  are located about 60 km north of Chiang Mai City, in the Srilanna National Park. Take highway 1001 up north, past Mae Jo for about 1.5 hours. Around 18 km before the waterfall you will see a metal sign for the waterfall. Stay on that road until you see another sign telling you to turn right.

Nearby Places

Mae Ngat Dam’s floating houses are essentially raft houses anchored out in the middle of a large lake in Si Lanna National Park. They’re a place to swim, kayak, mess around in the water, or just sit back in the serene location.

Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club & Resort is a course of natural beauty and incorporates waterfalls, streams, and an abundance of landscaping. The Chiang Mai golf course was constructed on the site of a former fruit orchard and as such has one of the largest varieties of tress that can be found on any Thailand golf course.