Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls — A Waterfall You Can Climb With Your Bare Feet

Waterfalls are notoriously slippery, so trying to climb them without specialized gear is usually a bad idea. That’s not the case at the Bua Thong Waterfalls in Thailand’s Chiang Mai province, where visitors can climb almost vertical falls using only their hands and feet. The so-called Sticky Waterfalls get their name from the incredibly grippy limestone rocks that the water runs over. They feel like a very hard sponge to the touch, and even though they can be described as prickly, you can easily climb them barefoot without hurting yourself. Because no algae or slime adheres to this callous rock surface, the limestone creates enough friction to prevent slipping, allowing anyone in decent physical shape to climb even the steepest parts of the waterfalls. The milky-white water tumbling down over the cream-colored, bubble-like rocks is fed by a calcium-rich spring at the top, and it’s this calcium that actually makes the waterfalls sticky. There are 5 different levels to experience and the steps on the side of the waterfall help people overcome the hardest parts. There are also ropes to help visitors up the steepest walls, but daredevils sometimes attempt the climb using only their hands and feet. It’s not every day that you get to feel like Spiderman, especially while climbing a waterfall, so if you’re ever in Chaing Mai, maybe drop by the Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls.