One of Chiang Mais small wonders, Nam Tok Bua Tong(sticky waterfall), is another great day out from Chiang Mai. Roughly 1,5 hours from downtown. And it is a favourite among kids. Climbing and gliding, but without slipping in the crystals clear water of the multi-tiered falls is a great way to cool off in the Thai heat.
Mostly it is not slippery. Be aware, however, there are a few places where there are algae and those are areas where you definitely can fall over.
At first sight, it is hardly the most impressive waterfall you have seen, but the source is from a mineral spring so there is always water on the cream coloured limestone. The water is rich in calcium, which leaves a substance behind on the rocks. This creamy coloured layer is what makes the rocks look like a stone sponge. To get the gecko effect you need to be barefooted when you walk on the stones.
When our kids played on that surface for a long time some of them did need some plaster/band-aid for minor wounds on their feet. But they soon forgot about it and went off to play again.
There are restaurants and a few tables nearby the parking. Officially they don’t allow you to bring food down to the lower levels of the fall. But you can have a picnic near the headquarter also.
There are stairs available for walking down, if you stroll on the waterfall down there are ropes for your safety. The first time it feels a bit weird to be spiderman. You can’t believe that you don’t slip so to say.
The entrance is free of charge still, so it is a treat in that way. To get here rent a car, take a Grab or join a tour.
Near the sticky waterfall you also find the Rabaeng tree resort. Why not combine a visit here with outstanding accommodation in a stunning location!
Nam Tok Bua Tong – the sticky waterfall is nice all year around.