Last weekend, I met up with 7 others from a Chiang Mai Facebook group and for 1100 THB (about $30, roundtrip) we got into a songthaew to head about an hour north of Chiang Mai to the SriLanna National Forest. Nestled in this forest are the Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls.
This is totally a hidden gem: hikeable waterfalls.
Yes, you read that right. You can hike on these waterfalls. But, even if you didn’t hike, check out these amazing views!
The Bua Thong waterfalls are known to the locals as the “sticky” waterfalls. They aren’t sticky like gum, but rather they are more non-slip. Even when the water is heavily pouring down onto you, your feet are stable. You just stand right up and enjoy the refreshing water. Then, you climb.
I’m not going to lie though. Hiking up waterfalls goes against everything you know to be true about the outdoors. But, if you have enough confidence and trust the rocks, standing up makes it much easier to hike compared to doing the Spiderman crawl on all fours. (I actually don’t know a thing about Spiderman. I have no idea how he moves around.)
Most everyone I have met in Chiang Mai has been to this small oasis. But, when we arrived, it was practically empty. There were people around having picnics and children playing, but the waterfalls themselves were empty. We didn’t have to wait for anyone else ahead of us, and only once did I see someone come up after us. There were times that we all sat in the water without fear of other tourists asking us to move along.
What a treat.
We stayed at the waterfalls for about 3 hours. Our songthaew driver patiently waited for us to explore before he brought us back to the city. It didn’t take that long to hike the waterfalls, but we took our time. We also saw the source of the waterfalls and got ice cream.
This is my kind of day!
Thailand is my 26th country. While I’m not the most experienced traveler, I have done a few things in my short lifetime. But this….the sticky waterfalls….was a first.
Today marks Day 32 in Thailand, and so far, this is one of the highlights. The other would be my day at the Elephant Sanctuary.
Nature. Waterfalls. Fun people. Ice cream.
What more could you ask for?