From many places in Chiang Mai to escape Summer heat, Bua Tong Waterfalls is not a popular place among the tourist. Maybe because it’s too far from the city, but I can tell you that Bua Tong Waterfalls is a hidden gem that you wouldn’t want to miss this Summer. So here is my first time to visit Bua Tong Waterfalls and Seven Color Fountain.
What is so special about Bua Tong Waterfalls?
Many native Chiang Mai and Tourists didn’t knew about the existence of Bua Tong Waterfalls before, because it’s far from the city. But once I step in and see the waterfall for myself, I was so amazed by something special. The cream colored stones in the waterfall has a sticky texture, which you can climb up the waterfall without slipping. That’s why the waterfall itself also called “Sticky Waterfalls”. Because the surface of the rock is covered with calcium that comes with the water.
The Landscape of Bua Tong Waterfalls and it’s surroundings is quite like valley with tall trees. So the place is a great place to picnic in such a hot day too.
Climbing The Waterfalls
There are three levels of the waterfall, which each floor is a good place to relax and escape the heat. With shallow flowing water and the sticky texture, it’s safe to explore and have fun. To get down to the first floor of the waterfall, we recommend you to take the stair down to the right. When you arrive at the first floor, there will be the spot which you can climb up to get back to the picnic areas. And the way to climb down to the second floor.
The way down to the second floor has a staircase for you to hold on, and the surface of the stone is much stickier than I though, so you could climb down safely and let your feet touch the flowing steam of cold water.
The second floor of the waterfalls has a wider landscape and also has a high cliff, so there will be some spot which you shouldn’t climb, but the view on the second floor is so spectacular and is a good spot to take a photo.
The next passage to the third for is not far, there are some slope but not too hard to climb, the third floor also has a rope of you to grapple down to the further part of the waterfall. In my opinion, this part is the highlight of the waterfall part.
Seven Color Fountain or Ched Si Fountain
On the other side of the waterfalls, there is a passage to Ched Si Fountain. Ched Si Fountain is a 48 square metre fountain which is the origin of Bua Tong Waterfalls. The fountain is full of crystal clear – cold water which reflect the Sunlight and you will see the rainbow color at the surface of the water.
Fees, Facilities and Restrictions
- No entrance fees to visit the waterfalls and Ched Si Fountain.
- There are welfare store that sells food and drink.
- Locker service : 20 Baht.
- No food are allowed to take into the waterfall.
- Picnic areas available.
- Opening time is everyday, 08.00 am – 05.00 pm
Traveling to Bua Tong Waterfalls
You can rent a car and drive by yourself. It is about 60 kilometre drive from Chiang Mai city. Take the Chiang Mai – Phrao road pass Maejo University and just drive ahead. After passing Suan Pa Mae Ho Phra, there will be a sign tell you to turn right to the waterfalls. Then just drive straight until you arrive at the waterfall.
But, if you don’t want to drive and just enjoy the view along the way, you can find out more at tripzii.co about the information about the trip to Bua Tong Waterfalls.