Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)

Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)

Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Freedomlover18
    St. Albert, Canada14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of this world!
    Amazing! One of the neatest places I’ve ever been. Perfect for our 11 & 8 year old. Our 6 year old did require some support but loved scrambling up the rocks. There were younger kids than her there too! Definitely a must-do in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Uncut
    Neusaess, Germany46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpectedly a lot of fun for every age
    We arrived without any expectations by ourselves (rent a scooter) and paid no entry, walked down some stairs and saw these smalls waterfalls. And damn, that was quite a lot of fun! Just be yourself and give your inner child something to play with. Take off your boots, get rid of unnecessary stuff and get ready for some water. You are able to climb these waterfalls with ease and also take some great pictures. At the time we have been there, not as many people were there, but that probably depends on our late arrival by bike. You were able to lay down, enjoy the water flowing over your body or just climb as much as you would like to. And even if you are not as good in climbing, there are some ropes for some more slippery parts to help you. It is approximately one hour away from Chiang Mai (relaxed driving) and I would absolutely recommend this place for a fun afternoon!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • G9566
    United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early!
    Go early! We went at 08.30 before the tour groups came and had the falls all to ourselves which was so worth it! I don’t think it would have been the same experience if it had been busy. We organised a taxi for the day to take us and return us to old city chiang Mai for 1500 (split between 3 people, approx £11), cheaper than a tour and meant you could do things on your own terms. I wish we had brought spare modest clothes with us, as we completed the falls in an hour and would have loved to have done a trek whilst we were there, but our clothing was inappropriate (we wore shorts for the water, and there was a name-and-shame style board with photos of tourists in bad outfits at start of the trail). It is worth always having a spare pair of trousers as this often comes up and stops you from combining activities. We would have loved to do the trail then have lunch at the restaurant there but instead went back home to change. The grounds here are so well kept and are constantly being maintained! Unforgettable experience
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Kimberly
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day out
    Natural marvel. We arrived to find a well maintained national park entrance with toilets and car parking. Walk to the timber staircase down to the bottom of 4 levels of waterfall. It was great fun walking up the falls through the water. Ropes are provided for steep sections but we were able to clamber up with no problem. The rocks are grippy, like walking on concrete. Be careful on any parts that have worn smooth though! It was fabulous. Not overly crowded but a range of locals and tourists all enjoying the falls. We climbed from falls 3 to the top twice and splashed through the falls. No problem carrying a backpack without getting drenched. You aren’t under the water, more walking through a stream. There are some nice pools that people has stopped on the falls to play in. Not big enough to swim, just get wet.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • Daniel A
    Beijing, China35,141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favorite thing to do in the Chiang Mai area
    If you are in the Chiang Mai area, this will be your favorite attraction and I guarantee, you will not want to miss this. Get a driver, have him take you here after breakfast, pack some lunch and or snacks for the long drive (especially if you have young children) and be prepared to have an adventure! You might be tempted to stop along the way there at other attractions like we did but I can surely say you will regret not spending the entire day at the falls if you stop at other places. We stopped at other places, limiting our time at the waterfalls and regretted it so much! We have a 2- and three-year-old, and it might not be advisable to take such young children, but we did and it was actually okay. You can walk down the steps all the way to the last fall and then trek your way up the falls. It is unbelievable and looks so dangerous but it is not. It is called sticky waterfalls for a reason. My children were jumping up and down so happily the entire time they were here and I can say this was the best family adventure, un almost surreal experience that I will treasure forever.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 27, 2024
  • Patty Kanyaporn
    390 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Waterfall Climbing :)
    Tong Waterfall offers a welcome respite from the city's hustle and bustle. The cascading water creates a peaceful atmosphere, and the surrounding foliage provides a sense of tranquility. Tips: Bring waterproof phone case if any for best protection of your photo shots or filming. Wear sturdy shoes: The path leading to the waterfall might be uneven or slippery. Bring water and snacks: There may not be any shops or restaurants near the waterfall. Be respectful of the environment: Leave no trace and avoid disturbing the natural beauty.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 28, 2024
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G9566
United Kingdom60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Go early! We went at 08.30 before the tour groups came and had the falls all to ourselves which was so worth it! I don’t think it would have been the same experience if it had been busy. We organised a taxi for the day to take us and return us to old city chiang Mai for 1500 (split between 3 people, approx £11), cheaper than a tour and meant you could do things on your own terms. I wish we had brought spare modest clothes with us, as we completed the falls in an hour and would have loved to have done a trek whilst we were there, but our clothing was inappropriate (we wore shorts for the water, and there was a name-and-shame style board with photos of tourists in bad outfits at start of the trail). It is worth always having a spare pair of trousers as this often comes up and stops you from combining activities. We would have loved to do the trail then have lunch at the restaurant there but instead went back home to change.
The grounds here are so well kept and are constantly being maintained! Unforgettable experience
Written January 3, 2024
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Neusaess, Germany46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We arrived without any expectations by ourselves (rent a scooter) and paid no entry, walked down some stairs and saw these smalls waterfalls.

And damn, that was quite a lot of fun!

Just be yourself and give your inner child something to play with. Take off your boots, get rid of unnecessary stuff and get ready for some water.

You are able to climb these waterfalls with ease and also take some great pictures. At the time we have been there, not as many people were there, but that probably depends on our late arrival by bike.

You were able to lay down, enjoy the water flowing over your body or just climb as much as you would like to. And even if you are not as good in climbing, there are some ropes for some more slippery parts to help you.

It is approximately one hour away from Chiang Mai (relaxed driving) and I would absolutely recommend this place for a fun afternoon!
Written August 25, 2023
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Emily T
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This was such a fantastic place to visit. Quite a drive from Chiang Mai (over an hour) but definitely worth it for us. The national park is stunning and cooler than the city. The waterfall itself is awesome, small but very beautiful and mostly very easy to climb. The top level was the only part which was very steep and slippery and had the potential to be quite dangerous.

The facilities there are fantastic (clean bathrooms including showers, lots of picnic tables, drinks available) and the grounds were well maintained and very clean.

I would recommend going as early in the day as possible. We went during low season and while tourist numbers were still quite low due to covid. We arrived about 930 and had the place mostly to ourselves. By the time we left about 1130 it was getting busier, and as it is a fairly small waterfall it could get crowded quite easily.

There are lots of stairs and this activity is suitable for school age kids and up. There is a small pool near the bottom where little ones could paddle but I personally wouldn’t really want to take preschool kids there. The best part about it is the climbing and it wouldn’t be safe for little kids.

We hired a taxi for the day and took in other sights, but you could do this in a half day if you left early. Entrance was free.
Written June 28, 2022
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ClarkeyFamily
Ipswich, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited here with our 3 children (age 11,12 and 15). We got a Bolt taxi there and the driver waited there for 4 hours to bring us home again. It only cost 1100 baht. The waterfalls are free to enter and there are places to buy food and drink, toilets, showers and lockets to rent. We had the best day ever. Leave all valuables in the locker and leave your shoes either at the top or in the locker too. You will not be disappointed.
Written August 10, 2022
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Shelliu
Hilton Head, SC4,099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A highlight of our day tour, the water at Bua Thong is crystal clear, not like anything I have seen. The rocks have limestone deposits which make them sticky (just avoid the few small dark green areas which have slippery moss). Bring your swimsuit and a waterproof bag for your phone and cameras or leave them in a locker at the top (but you will want pictures so first option is recommended). You can climb bare feet or with water shoes or sandals with a strap and rubber sole. Being a change of clothes after as the best part was sitting and laying in the falls as you climb up and down. There are stairs for the top part for those that want to avoid the steepest part or don’t want to get wet (but that’s the fun part) and there are some handrails but you still need to be in decent shape to climb. Kids will love it and they can practically run up and down. A must do, especially as an add-on when going to visit the elephants. There is also a wooden pathway across from the waterfall with a beaut watering hole and history of the area so worth a visit if you have time.
Written January 8, 2020
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siuling
Hong Kong156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This was such a fun afternoon! I managed to book a Grab to take us there. The car ride there felt long but the journey was all forgotten as soon as we got there.

There are maps at the entrance showing you where to go. We chose not to take the wooden marked path, but instead climbed down the waterfall and then back up again. There were some ropes at the waterfalls to offer support. Some sections had handrails. We put our flipflops into our bags and walked barefoot. Some of the rocks were a tad slippery but it really wasn't a problem. We chose to have our bags on our backs the whole time and it was fine. We arrived at 1pm on a Wednesday and there weren't many people. Our kids (9 and 7) and us had such a fun time! It's possible to bring a picnic as there are picnic spots in the national park. It looked like there were also some restaurants at the entrance (next to the car park). Bring spare clothes to change into afterwards. Oh, and there are signs saying beware of snakes (though we didn't see any).

We stayed for 2 hours but could have easily been there another 30 mins. We were lucky that our Grab driver was ok with waiting for us and we just paid him a bit more for his time.

Overall it was such a brilliant, free activity. I highly recommend it!
Written June 29, 2022
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Kimberly
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Natural marvel. We arrived to find a well maintained national park entrance with toilets and car parking. Walk to the timber staircase down to the bottom of 4 levels of waterfall.
It was great fun walking up the falls through the water. Ropes are provided for steep sections but we were able to clamber up with no problem. The rocks are grippy, like walking on concrete. Be careful on any parts that have worn smooth though! It was fabulous. Not overly crowded but a range of locals and tourists all enjoying the falls.

We climbed from falls 3 to the top twice and splashed through the falls. No problem carrying a backpack without getting drenched. You aren’t under the water, more walking through a stream.

There are some nice pools that people has stopped on the falls to play in. Not big enough to swim, just get wet.
Written January 17, 2024
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Tong Waterfall offers a welcome respite from the city's hustle and bustle. The cascading water creates a peaceful atmosphere, and the surrounding foliage provides a sense of tranquility.

Tips:
Bring waterproof phone case if any for best protection of your photo shots or filming.
Wear sturdy shoes: The path leading to the waterfall might be uneven or slippery.
Bring water and snacks: There may not be any shops or restaurants near the waterfall.
Be respectful of the environment: Leave no trace and avoid disturbing the natural beauty.
Written February 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jbnoel87
Vancouver, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This messes with your head. Everything you believe about walking through water up rocks is challenged. After the first few moments of hesitation, this was an incredible experience. We were getting there toward the end of the day so there weren't too many people either.
Written January 20, 2020
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Leena
Fukuoka, Japan161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Absolutely highly highly recommend heading to this place!!!!
Suprised that this isnt on the high priority list for many travelers.
The pictures for advertising didnt seem to match what we saw since there was no actual pools for swimming so you can walk and explore the falls area without getting too wet (assuming you're in shorts).
Some parts are slippery so be careful but otherwise its very safe as long youre agile and somewhat fit enough to go down and then back up. Also recommend not walking with your shoes/jandals in the falls area.
Written February 7, 2020
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