What Is So Unique About The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls Of Thailand?

By Samuel Kinuthia on February 14 2018 in Travel

The Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls are fed from a calcium-rich spring.

Bua Tong waterfalls is located in the Si Lanna National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is also referred to as the Sticky waterfalls by the local people. Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls is one of the Chiang Mai’s hidden gems. It is about one and half hour drive north of Chiang Mai’s Old City. Mae Ho Phra Forest Plantation borders the Bua Tong falls on the east and San Sai-Mae Taeng Forest lies on the west. Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve borders the falls on the north while Khun Mae Kuang Forest, and San Sai Forest border Bua Tong the south.


Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls is unique among the hundreds of places in Northern Thailand. To begin with, the waterfalls receive water from a calcium-rich spring at the top. The spring flows down over the boulders of the waterfalls. This makes the waterfalls to feel and look sticky as they give a person the ability to grip over with bare feet. It is therefore very easy to ascend and descend the Bua Tong waterfalls without slipping off. The waterfalls have three levels. At each level, people can sit and enjoy the surroundings. Different levels also offer unique climbing experiences. The rocks are almost creamy white and they give a wonderful contrast to the green trees. There are no places to swim, but people can cool off from the hot sun by sitting in the pools found below the waterfalls.


Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls is a marvelous place to enjoy and relax. The landscape of the Jedsee Fountain Forest Park and Bua Tong Waterfall features a mountain with a brook and valley. It has a height of between 400 to 900 meters above sea level. The forest is cool, pleasant, and verduos. Since the trees in the forest are large and grow densely, the destination has several viewpoints from which guests can enjoy breathtaking views.

Huai Mae Pon brook is the most spectacular in the forest. There is a pleasant well-maintained park at the entrance, a bathroom, an open grass area, and a small traditional house offering refreshments and ice cream. This is where the locals explore the waterfalls and carry out their picnicking on the grass. From the top of Bua Tong Waterfalls, guests enjoy the beautiful scenery of the jungle and the mountains. On the left, there is a small pool that is secure for the children to have a splash.


Besides climbing the Sticky Waterfalls, the surrounding landscape offers guests a good hiking opportunity. There is a short 'Hike' sign on a large wooden post at the entrance to the Fountain Trail. At the top of it, there is a sign directing visitors to Nam Phu Chet Si which refers to a sacred spring and shrine lying deep in the jungle. The shrine is a preserve for the religious locals. Nam Phu Chet Si means seven colors fountain. It is a mineral geyser composed of calcium carbonate.

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