Thailand: Chiang Mai to Bua Tong waterfall or Sticky Falls

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Spiderman waterfalls by Neil.

This is a trip the boys and I organised to go and visit Bua Tong waterfalls near Chiang Mai.   At the time Jen and Katie  were volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park sanctuary.

To get there – ask a Tuk Tuk driver to take you to the mini- van that goes to Phrao. The number on the bus is 928 and this will cost you just 50 baht. It takes about 1 hour to get to the road end for Bua Tong. It is then a 3 km walk to the waterfall along a road with great scenery on the way. After walking only 10 mins a man in a 4wd stopped and kindly gave us a lift there. He told he was a policeman and wished us a good day.

Bua tong waterfall sticky waterfalls chiang Mai
Getting a lift in the back of a pick up truck.

It is inside the Mae Taeng National Forest Reserve.

The waterfall was amazing. I think most boys dream of having the climbing skills of Spider-Man , well here is your chance to try them out. I did find this place on the web!!

The high calcium content present in the water is deposited onto the rocks at the waterfall and it is this thick layer that provides us with a super grippy surface.

Adam, Matt and I all scaled it like our local Spider-Man. It was great fun, well worth a visit.

Bua tong sticky waterfall Chiang Mai


Via tong sticky falls waterfall Chiang Mai
Even dads of teenage boys can manage.

The 3 km walk back to the road end is beautiful- it’s like the scenery in the film The Beach.


Our bus was meant to arrive at 4pm but was late. The kind man who stays there stopped a Songthaw which took us back to Chiang Mia. The journey took us over an hour and cost us the grand sum of 100 baht, £1.80ish.
A real adventure on a budget.

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4 Replies to “Thailand: Chiang Mai to Bua Tong waterfall or Sticky Falls”

  1. Moira Taylor says:

    Well done, Spiderman 🙂 xx

    1. It was a doddle from your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. N

  2. It would be such fun to climb that! Very envious!

    1. It was great fun, I just wish I’d had the costume too.N

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