Wat Phrathat Doi Kham

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

Wat Prathat Doi Kham is one of the best and famous Wat in Cheing Mai

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham is a magnificent sight and the site is suppose to have an excellent view of Chiang Mai city.

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham is actually older than the city of Chiang Mai. It was established in the 7th century by the sons of Queen Chamadevi of the Haripunchai Kingdom, who had her capital in the nearby city of Lamphun. The Haripunchai Kingdom was a populated by the Mon people, who were the first to bring Buddhism to Northern Thailand.

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

Phra That Doi Kham Temple is mainly visited by Thai’s who come to visit the 17-metre-tall image of sitting Buddha. The Buddha can be seen from the bottom of the hill and is decorated in gold lending to the temple’s nickname ‘the golden temple’. The large seated Buddha image of Wat Phra That Doi Kham is visible from far, being located on the foothills of the mountains south of Chiang Mai.

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

In the temple itself, there is also ” Luang Por Tun Jai”, the Buddha image of success which people love to visit the temple to worship and make a wish. An announcer will broadcast through the temple’s PA system that the garland offering has to be “pledged” in multiples of 50, and you can only make 1 wish at a time. But if your wish does come true in 3 months, you must return to fulfil your promise with the jasmin garlands to worship and showing their gratitude to the Buddha image which you could see all jasmin garlands pile up on the table in front of the small chapel where the Buddha image places inside.

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham
wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

The oldest structure of the Wat Phrathat Doi Kham temple is the chedi (pagoda. Walking around the pagoda area , visitors could see the small houses of the Gods and Goddesses  who protect the  temple area as well such as the 2 Giants Gods who protect the temple ground and the people in that area , the statue of Wasuthep Ruesii ( The hermit ) who use to meditation up on Doi Suthep Mountain and protect Doi Suthep Temple as present , Queen Jamathewee of Hariphunchai ( Lamphun province) as well as some other Gods and Goddesses around the pagoda base.

wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham
wat phrathat doi kham, phrathat doi kham temple, phra that doi kham temple, wat phra that doi kham

There is an interesting folktale about Lord Buddha visiting this temple and meeting a rakshasa (demon) family who tried to eat him. Lord Buddha conquered them by sending them his kindness, which they could not stand. The rakshasa family eventually converted, revering our Lord Buddha, and also gave up consuming human flesh.

The temple grounds include a large terrace that gives a vantage point out over fields and towards the city below. From the viewpoints you will have great views of the surrounding area including nearby Royal Park Ratchaphruek.

Entrance Ticket : Foreigners pay 30 Baht entrance fee.

How to get to Wat Phrathat Doi Kham ?

This temple is situated in Tambon Mae Hia, Amphoe Mueang about 12 kilometers from Chiang Mai City.

Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. – 05:00 pm.

Buatong Sticky Waterfall

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

Buatong Sticky Waterfall outstanding beautiful waterfall in Chiang Mai

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall is most unusual because it is limestone waterfall and is not slippery so it is fun to climb it.

Buatong Sticky waterfall is height 100 meters and the slope is about 50 degrees. It has beautiful view and is in a natural rain forest. The surrounding forest floor is coated with moss and small colorful flowers. There are plenty of forest creatures, too, like butterflies and water bugs, and even the occasional minnow.

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

After being in Chiang Mai for a while, you may hear foreigners talk about a waterfall you can climb up like a gecko climbs up a wall, and they might refer to it as the “Sticky Waterfall“, or maybe, the “Limestone Waterfall”. You might hear a Thai person talk about “Bua Tong Waterfall” or “Nam Phu Chet Si“, and casually refer to it as a nice place to visit. They would all be talking about the same place, and anyone will tell you it is an attraction well-worth experiencing, probably unlike any other you’ve had before.

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

Buatong Sticky waterfall is located north of Chiang Mai in the area of Si Lanna National Park. The water source for Bua Tong waterfall is the Rainbow or Seven Colors Spring. The spring water contains a high amount of calcium carbonate. As the spring water cascades down the falls, the calcium is deposited on the rocks. The calcium carbonate then adds a non-slip surface to the rocks. Believe it or not, the rocks look slick but it is very easy to walk up the face of the falls without slipping. It is almost as if someone decided to pour cement down over the rocks and it hardened under the water. This single feature makes it a worthwhile visit to Bua Tong waterfall. However, don’t go just for the falls, go for the beauty of the forest as well.

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

This Sticky waterfall consists of 3 levels of falls with flat stretches of streams in between. Enjoy a great time climbing up and down the falls and you feeling more and more secure on the sticky limestone as you can believe. On top of that, the rocks barely have any algae growing on them. The slippery slimy rocks that are normally found at a waterfall are nonexistent here.

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

Food is not allowed to take with you down in the waterfall, but there are plenty of picnic tables at the area of the Park entrance. And it has a hut serving drinks and ice cream, and one or two other buildings. No gift shop or tacky souvenir booths, just locals picnicking on the grass and exploring the waterfall.

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

There’s also another short hike depicted on a large wooden sign near the entrance to the fountain trail. Nam Pu Chet Si is a cold 6×8 meters spring with the water gushes out of the ground all year. The crystal blue water is the water source of Buatong Waterfall as the water runs from the fountain to Buatong Waterfall.

Operating day : Everyday

Operating time : 06.00 – 18.00

Address : Si Lanna National Park, Mae Ho Phra, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand

Entrance Fee : Free

buatong sticky waterfall, sticky waterfall, bua tong waterfall, buatong waterfall

How to get there :

Buatong Sticky waterfall is located north of Chiang Mai on highway 1001, the road to Phrao pass Mae Jo University and drive about 1 hour. Around 18 km before the waterfall you will see a metal sign for the waterfall. Stay on that road until you see another sign telling you to turn right. The road is very easy and the road leading to the waterfall is hard to miss.