Buatong Waterfall or Sticky Waterfall (as the locals call it) was the first destination of our 2nd day itinerary. I have been to many waterfalls around Thailand and during this trip to Chiang Mai, I have decided to skip most except for a few selected ones. This waterfall was included in our itinerary mainly because of it being one of a kind and it is also on the way to our 2nd night stay in Chiang Mai.
Buatong Waterfall is located in the Chetsi Spring Forest Park, about 71 km from Chiang Mai. Since we stayed at atNata Chiangmai Chic Jungle the night before, the distance for us was only 46 km. We left our resort at 8 am and arrived around 8:45 am. There wasn’t anyone else at the park at this time and we had all the place to ourselves. The park is usually frequented by the locals on the weekends and entry is free.
Nam Phu Chet Si (7 Colors Spring)
Upon arrival, we decide to check out Nam Phu Chet Si (which translates to 7 Colors Spring) first and then come back for the waterfall. To get to Nam Phu Chet Si, you will need to take a 150 m short walk to the left of the park, past an old watermill.
There will be signboards in the park to guide you. The path to the spring is easy and most of the way, you will be walking on wooden boards.
After a 15 minute walk, we reached the clear blue spring. Water from this spring comes from an underground source. The water is drinkable and you can use a long bamboo pole with a bucket attached to it to scoop up the water. Note the facial expression in the photo below and the reason for that is because it can get really heavy once you have the water in the bucket. You do need a lot of strength to bring it back up.
Buatong Waterfall / Sticky Waterfall
To get to Buatong Waterfall from Nam Phu Chet Si, head back to the watermill and continue on past the watermill. Just before going down to the waterfall, you will get a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. From here, you can either choose to walk down the waterfall or walk down the stairs.
We chose to walk down the waterfall instead. The water flows over limestones and therefore, the surface is not slippery, hence the name ‘Sticky Waterfall’. It was definitely a fun experience walking down and up the waterfall again.
After spending about 2 hours here, we head to our next destination.
Next Stop: Rabeang Pasak Treehouse Resort, Chiang Mai