Sticky Waterfall or officially known as Bua Tong waterfall

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Sticky waterfall is really beautiful journey and incredible falls

The Sticky Waterfall is an amazing day trip outside Chiang Mai. It's very cool to walk up and refresh yourself.

The Buatong Sticky Waterfall  are located about 60 km north of Chiang Mai City, in the Sri Lanna National Park. Not too many people know about this sticky waterfall, because it’s off the well-worn tourist track.

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The Sticky Waterfall get their name from a mineral deposit that provides an incredibly grippy surface for bare feet and hands. In fact, the rocks feel like hardened sponges, callous and even slightly prickly to the touch, but surprisingly give a bit under pressure. There are also no algae or slime that adheres to the rocks, leaving a perfect canvas to climb up the waterfall. It is impressively steep in some places, but with the aid of the limestone deposits on the stones.

There are 3 different levels to experience, in which the top levels are the starting point. The rocks are cream colored and bulbous, almost cartoonish, and contrast beautifully with the dark green forest. And the water? Crystal clear and cool. In the rainy season (June through September), you can expect the water to be more rapids-like and powerful as they surge down the falls.

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Thanks to the lime stone, which floats in the water, the rocks are not slippery and you can climb them easily without any equipment. You don’t even need shoes! The rocks are a little prickly, and some feel like pumice stones. The middle level seems to be a little more dangerous and slippery. Also, it is better not to walk around the paddles in your flip flops as you can easily lose them in the mud.

Bring :

  • Bathing suit
  • Camera
  • Towel

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There are drinks and light snacks for sale on the premises and clean, although Thai-styled, bathrooms. Food is not allowed down in the waterfall area (there are no trash cans to dispose of your garbage), but there are plenty of picnic tables with shade near the top area of the park entrance.

How to get to Buatong Sticky Waterfall

Buatong Sticky waterfall is located north of Chiang Mai. To get there, you need to take the 1001 Highway, and that is the easiest part of the trip. If you are on the Superhighway, the 1001 turn-off is on the north side of the highway, east of Chang Phuak Road. It's the one that leads to Mae Jo. You stay on the 1001 for pretty much the whole journey. The hard part of this trip is knowing when to turn off to the waterfalls, because contrary to what earlier blog posts and articles might say, the waterfall is NOT well signposted. In fact, when we eventually realised we had already seen and passed the sign to the waterfall road, it was only because there are no other signs for 5km after that one. So if you see a big old sign that is completely washed out and faded, with a few other little indecipherable signs scattered around it, you're almost definitely on the right track. Also, it is the next road after a series of wooden huts selling vegetables and plants, along with a tiny bottle store, and probably a few friendly locals milling about. It's not hard to miss 🙂

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Entrance fee : Admission is Free

Operating time : 06.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.

Address : Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Mae Ho Phra, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50150

Chinese New Year Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai's Wararot market celebrates the Chinese Spring Festival

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The Warorot Market, in Chiang Mai's city center, will see special celebrations the Chinese New Year Festival. Chiang Mai has its own small Chinatown, of course, centered mostly on the bustling Warorot area. This is one of those vibrant places where you can buy everything and anything, from clothes, through food, to rare Chinese tonics and medicine. This is not the touristic Night Bazaar, so be prepared for surprises!

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The market enjoys an advantageous location in the heart of the city, close to the Ping River and the main Nawarat Bridge. A short two-minute walk from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Warorot Market is open every day, early.

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However, this February watch out for the celebrations organized for the Chinese New Year when the streets, normally full of cars and tuk-tuks, will be closed for the two days of the main festivities. Long market stalls will be set up, along with stages for performances. Thai and Chinese food vendors will tempt you with their delicious and aromatic dishes, and a variety of colorful lanterns and other festive lights will festoon the streets.

The color red is very important for the Chinese people, especially at the time of the Chinese New Year, we can anticipate a tide of red-colored decorations. Let us also not forget the inevitable fireworks, beloved by the Thais and of course invented by their Chinese neighbors.

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Adding to the color and energy will be the costumes worn by children dressing up to take part in performances and beauty contests, not to mention the local women sporting their traditional costumes and headgear. Colorful dragon dances accompanied enlivened by firecrackers will offer excellent photo opportunities.

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Chinese New Year is a big event in Asia, and Thailand is very good at parties and celebrations. So, if you enjoy multi-cultural festivals, be sure to head down to Warorot Market to join in the smiles and the fun.

Mok Fah Waterfall are a part of the Doi Suthep - Pui National Park

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Day tour to Mok Fah Waterfall Chiang Mai, Mae Tang area If you’re visiting Chiang Mai and want to try something tourists don’t get to do, then how about swimming at the Mok Fah waterfall just 60km outside of Chiang Mai and on the non-tourist road to Pai, Mae Hong Son.

Mok Fah Waterfall is one of the beautiful waterfalls located in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park in Mueang district, Mae Rim district, and Hang Dong district in Chiang Mai Province. The national park is 163,162.5 rai or around 261 square kilometers. The highest point of it is at Doi Pui, which is on a height of 1,658 meters above sea level.

mok fah waterfall, mok fa waterfall

mok fah waterfall, mok fa waterfall

This one-level waterfall is located in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park on the Mae Malai-Pai road. Mok Fa waterfall is surrounded with lush green trees, is full of water all year round. Within the same area there are also the Mork Fa caves (Bat Cave) and nature trail.

The main attraction is of course Mok Fah Waterfall. It is huge, 60-metres high! It’s allowed to swim there, so take your swimming suit and towel. Water is cold and fresh, perfect for cooling during the hot day in Thailand.

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mok fah waterfall, mok fa waterfall

How to get to Mok Fah Waterfall

From Ching Mai city centre dive along highway no. 107 (Chiang Mai - Fang route). Take a left turn to route no. 1095 ( Mae Malai - Pai route) around 45 km.

Entrance fee : Admission for foreigners is 200 Baht.

Operating time : 08.00 - 17.00

Address : Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Mae Malai-Pai Rd., Suthep, Muang Chiang Mai, 50000

Chiang Mai Flower Festival one of the most iconic events in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival is the annual flower festival at Buak Had Park near Suan Prung Gate.

chiang mai flower festival
chiang mai flower festival
chiang mai flower festival

The Chiang Mai Flower Festival marks the end of the cool season in northern Thailand which has been held in the first week of February. It's the perfect time to witness the beautiful and bountiful displays of yellow and white chrysanthemums, the Damask Rose, the pink and purple Dendrobium orchids, and the fresh yellow marigolds all at the same time.

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The first night of the fair, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will open with a local beauty contest plus an international beauty competition. The second day will feature an elegant flower parade starting at Nawarat Bridge around 8 a.m. The procession goes down Thapae Road and finishes at Buak Had Park at the southwest corner of the old walled city.

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But the main attraction is the display of flowers at the park for three consecutive days, with lots of food stalls and OTOP goods for sale. You can also enjoy some mini-concerts, traditional dance and music, and other entertainments every night 7-10 p.m. along the road in front of Buak Had Park and at Thapae Gate.

Huey Tung Tao Lake in Chaing Mai Chilling and Enjoying Slow life

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Huay Tung Tao Lake is a wonderful place that deserves you to stay for an afternoon picnic and nap.

Huay Tung Tao lake is so perfect scenic, and a nice drive out of Chiang Mai to get to. There’s a minimal cost to enter the park, but then you can drive around before settling down in a little hut sitting over the water and have authentic thai food brought to you. At Huay Tung Tao lake they have several restaurants around a man made lake and it is fun to go on nice days for a long lunch a few beers and maybe a swim. It’s a great place to relax and chill out, and dip your toes in the water.

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Actually Huay Tung Tao is a man-made reservoir that built by the will of His Majesty King Bhumibol in order to solve water scarcity problem among nearby area. A man-made reservoir popular as a swimming and picnicking area favored by locals and expats looking for a break from Chiang Mai. On a sunny day, it’s common to see groups of Thais sitting on the banks of the lake dining on steamed fish and cold beers.

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Huay Tung Tao Lake is great spot for just relaxing, hanging out or have your meal and has great restaurants all along its edges. If you love to relaxing atmosphere sitting in the bamboo and thatch huts eating amazing Thai dishes. Huay Tung Tao Lake is your answer.

Activity

huay tung tao lake, attractions in chiang mai

huay tung tao lake, attractions in chiang mai

You can take your time to relax with Thai massage or foot massage by just call the number that is written on billboards and later on the massager will come to you. If you want to get in the water you can also hire a tube to float around on the water for 20 baht or enjoy a view of the mountains by a swan pedal boat.

For more action caters a place which offers ATV tours, fishing, mountain biking, camping, and a swimming area. Plus, you can spend a night here as the lodging and the camping area is provided.

Huay Tung Tao Reservoir and the whole area around it is an attractive place for tourists. On weekdays, there is a small number of tourists, and the weekend influx of tourists reaches its maximum.

huay tung tao lake, attractions in chiang mai

huay tung tao lake, attractions in chiang mai

How to get to Huay Tung Tao Lake

Total distance from the north-west corner of the old city to the Huay Tung Tao Lake is about 12 km. From the north-west corner of the Old City take Huai Kaeo Road (Road 1004) until after 2.2 km you reach the irrigation canal. Turn right and follow the canal road (Road 121) for about 6.7 km. Turn left (Huay Tung Tao is indicated).
Follow this road (about 2 km) and pay entrance fee. At the T-junction turn left.
Follow this road along the lake for about 1.2 km and find the parking.

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Entrance fee : Admission for foreigners is 50 Baht.

Operating time : 08.00 - 17.00

Address : Don Kaeo Sub-District, Mae Rim District   Chiang Mai 50180

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Wiang Kum Kam Underground Ancient City Tour

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The demise of Wiang Kum Kam as the first capital is a little different from those of another ancient capitals for a period of only 10 years. Rather than being left in ruin, the old town was completely submerged under the Ping River, which rapidly changed its route and swept the whole city under. Had it not been by chance rediscovered (in 1984), the story of Wiang Kum Kum would just be a legend.
After a number of archaeological expeditions were carried out, experts unearthed extensive city foundations and more than 40 ancient structures within an area of 850 metres long and 600 metres wide.

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Getting around in the Historical Park

The survey found that there are over 40 sites of the ancient remains in the area of Wiang Kum Kam. Some are the ancient Buddhist temples and some are the ancient Buddha image.  The important one are  Chedi Liam Temple, Chang Kham Temple, the pagoda of Kum Kam Temple, Noi Temple,  Pu Pia Temple, Pra That Khao Temple and E-Kang Temple. The art and architecture are varied and mixed between the old and the modern form of ancient Lanna.

wiang kum kam

wiang kum kam

The best way to start the trip is to visit Wiang Kum Kam Information Centre where you can get a history and clear picture of Wiang Kum Kam in former times. The centre is divided into several rooms to exhibit Wiang Kum Kam, including a multimedia room and other rooms featuring the historical development and significance of Wiang Kum Kam in various aspects, such as geography, strategic importance, development of architecture and ways of life of the people.

wiang kum kam

wiang kum kam

How to get to Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam archeological site is found near the Ping river a few kilometers South of Chiang Mai town. The easiest and most comfortable way to get there is by private tour by travel agency in Chiang Mai or taxi. A tuk tuk will cost around 200 Thai Baht one way. The ride takes about 15 minutes from downtown Chiang Mai. You can ask the driver to wait; agree on the price and duration of the trip before leaving. Alternatively, charter a songthaew, a converted pick up truck with benches in the back for about 150 Baht.

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Entrance fee

At the information center you can make a tour with a horse carriage (200 Baht per carriage per tour) or with a tram (20 seats, 1-5 persons 250 Baht, 6-10 persons 300 Baht, 11-15 persons 350 Baht, 16-20 persons 400 Baht per tram per tour), rent bicycles (20 Baht) or take a look at the Wiangkumkam Museum (20 Baht).

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00

Location: About five km southeast of the Old City (take Route 106, or Chiang Mai – Lamphun Highway, from Chiang Mai City) Tel: +66 (0)53 277 322

Yi Peng the festival of rivers and light

While Songkran may be the most exciting festival of the year, it is November's traditional Yi Peng that reigns as the most charming and spectacular of Chiang Mai's annual ceremonies.

yi peng, yi peng festivalThe Yi Peng festival is held on the full-moon day of the twelfth lunar month every year. The word "Yi" means "Two", and "Peng" means "Moon" or "Full moon day".

People in Bangkok and other regions of Thailand refer to the event as "Loy Krathong", but here in the northern province of Lanna we call it Yi Peng or Yee Peng - and you should not miss it!

The most remarkable and photogenic moment of this traditional festival is when people gather by the riverside to decorate their krathong (a banana leaf boat) with lit candles, incense, flowers and even money, before launching it onto the river. Thai people believe that this is the correct way is to beg forgiveness from the God and Goddess who protect the river.

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khom, yi peng, yi peng festival

Another highlight of the festival is to launch khom loy - white Chinese lanterns - into the sky at night. Lanna folks say these floating lanterns are designed to show respect to Phra Ket Keaw Chulamani in heaven. They believe the sky-bound lanterns will carry away all their misfortunes and distress. Khom are made from thin kite paper, pasted on a circular bamboo frame, and attached with candles or wax. When lit they rise slowly into the sky. It is a wondrous feeling when you release a khom - and it is a magnificent sight to witness thousands filling the night sky at the same time.

There are various legends about why Siamese and Lanna people have adopted this custom. We can not say where it began, but we do know that it is an accepted ritual across the Buddhist world these days.

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kratong, yi peng, yi peng festival

Don’t!

Despite all the beauty and excitement of the festival, it must be reiterated that millions of lanterns cause damage, accidents and litter every year. Khom loy also disturb the flight-path of aircraft and pilots' visibility. They are frequently banned in areas near airports (or flights are suspended during the day of Yi Peng). Please bear this in mind when your friends and family ask to keep lighting more and more lanterns. The alternative is to float a krathong on the river and to help decorate your local temple with candles.

Recommendation to visitors

Those coming to Chiang Mai for the first time would be advised to float banana boats on the river close to Nawarat Bridge, Warorot Market, Chaimongkol Temple or in front of the Municipal Office. Lots of activities and colourful events will be going on, and it is very photogenic.

Those who cannot stand crowds, noise and fireworks may want to book a table at a restaurant along the Ping River (there are dozens: see our map and listings). Then you can dine safely and still enjoy watching this aesthetic spectacle.

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Art in Paradise a place to make fun memories with friends and family !!

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Art in Paradise is actually a cool place to visit, preferably if you like photography. Kids will surely be pleased with it but it's just as pleasant for adult also. You truly come to be grateful for the sharp eye of the artists who painted these art work on the walls. They are talented in terms of getting the landscape and parallax just right to make these wall paintings seem so lifelike. Sometime you can't quite believe your eyes. Most people will spend around an hour or two touring this art museum. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. The entrance hall price is not much. There is sufficient light inside such that most cameras will not require a flash if you adjust the camera ISO setting high enough. No doubt you'll get some good shots to send home. This would definitely be a good quality place to tour in CHiang Mai. Just a lot of amusing that  everone seems to relish.

Art in Paradise is the best place for for families and children

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art in paradise, art in paradise chiang mai

art in paradise, art in paradise chiang mai

Art in Paradise is really a fun place to visit, especially if you like photography. Kids will surely enjoy it but it's just as enjoyable for adults as well. You really come to appreciate the clever eye of the artists who painted these murals on the walls. They are gifted in terms of getting the perspective and parallax just right to make these wall paintings appear so realistic. Sometimes you can't quite believe your eyes. Most people will spend at least an hour or two touring this art museum. It's like nothing I've ever seen before. The entrance cost is not much. There is sufficient lighting inside such that most cameras will not require a flash if you adjust the camera ISO setting high enough. No doubt you'll get some good shots to send home. This would certainly be a good place to go on a rainy day. Just a lot of fun which everone seems to enjoy.

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art in paradise, art in paradise chiang mai

art in paradise, art in paradise chiang mai

It's only 300B to get in and you'll get tons of funny pictures and a great experience! If possible It's best to go with more than two people as there are plenty of picture options which require at least three people. Still for that being said we still got a huge amount of great pictures even going just the two of us.

Art in Paradise is in the Sea Suan Plaza Building on Changklan Road. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.