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Bua Tong Waterfall and Forest Park

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Being not far from Chiang Mai’s northern suburbs, this scenic waterfall and surrounding park is best avoided at weekends and public holidays, when hordes of picnicking families and teenagers plus a generous smattering of unimaginative Chiang Mai day tour operators quickly fill up the small falls and park area.

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The falls are fed by a small stream which ripples its way down a 100-metre slope covered in limestone accretions. It’s pretty rather than spectacular, and there are also bathing pools at the foot of the steep hill. A short distance further on along a trail you’ll see the Rainbow Spring where, as long as the sun is shining, the spray creates a natural rainbow effect above the pond.

A trail continues from there, leading round through forest and back up the hill to a picnicking area. It’s around 1.5 kilometres and a very pleasant, scenic walk if there aren’t too many other visitors about.

In the main park area you’ll find a coffee shop, cafe and inevitable snack bars. The entire forest park covers an area of only 15 square kilometres but within that you’ll find a variety of flora and good birdlife.

They had English-language pamphlets available when we visited, and it lies just three kilometres off the main road down a sealed side-track. It’s worth a look, but no on the weekends or holidays!

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