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Chiang Mai’s Sticky Waterfalls (Bua Tong Namtok)

Sticky Waterfall

Buatong waterfall  Ok, this is for all my friends that keep asking me ” How the heck do you find the sticky waterfall.” and I will be following up with many more secret locations around Chiang Mai, for all of those who live here and say there is nothing to do.. One of the reasons I favor Chiang Mai over any other Thailand destination is that there is so much to do here, and so easy to escape, the monotony of working on the internet.

So let me fill you in on what the “sticky waterfalls” is. It is a waterfall about 50km north of town that you can climb right up through the falls like you have Velcro on your feet, much like a gecko climbs the wall, or like the ability to play spiderman for an afternoon.. well I think you get the Idea, but to really understand you need to grab a partner (to make it more fun) and jump on the motorbike for about an hour of a beautiful scenic drive to the north of Chiang mai, via the San Sai District.

Sticky Waterfalls Directions     Ok, so this is how you get there. You need to drive north 48km. on highway 1001 to the north,  from the superhighway. this is the road that takes you by Maejo university, and the same road you would have taken had you been to the YiPeng Festival. When your odometer reaches 48 km. look to your right where a road will bear off at a slight bend into the forest, take that road (watch out for pot holes… i.e… Craters), go an additional 1 1/2 km. and you should find a nice little park.

Don’t Go To Thailand

I have been Living in Thailand off and on for 5 years now, and to this date,, every day That I awake, I am so excited to get up and enjoy another Awesome day in Paradise.As I am constantly meeting new travelers passing through,, The question from most people is “What’s The Catch?” I mean the People are so friendly, The food is delicious, the weather is great,,, so what’s up… To Quote Warner Brothers Marvin Martian… “Where’s The Big Kaboom?!”  I mean how can this be possible,, in this cynical life we are brought to believe that there has to be a catch,, so what is it ..?..

Well for me, after living here for 5 years I have still yet to find one,, sure there are cynics out there that believe they have found the catch but for the most part it is B.S. , ok here is one. “in The Spring there is so much smoke from the burning that it is impossible to breath” (in the north, where I live) this is one you hear quite often from those with the dire need to feel that they have not found the perfect paradise. In truth there is not much to it.. yes there is a bit of haze between the city and the surrounding mountains. But it is nothing like you read about or anything like being in a major capitol city such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, London, etc..etc..places that when you get off of your motorbike and take your sunglasses off you look like a badger or that you have been the but of a practical joke..
So here is a great little video I found from another lover of Thailand. check it out and enjoy

Other things to note are that in Thailand the visa process can be a bit of a pain.

And of course the biggest problem with Thailand which is that once you come to visit you just may never want to return home.


History Of Thailand

Sukhothai AwesomeThailandIn English, Thailand means land of the free. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia to have not been colonized. This page will take you through the different eras or periods that Thailand has transitioned through.
Thailand has an 800 year period of history. Within this history, it has been the only Southeast Asian nation never colonized by a foreign power. Their are five periods in which this history can be divided.
Nanchao (650 to 1250) The people of Thailand founded a kingdom in southern China. This is, at the present Yunnan, Kwangsi and Canton. People migrated to as far as the Chao Phraya Basin. The people would settle here under the Khmer Empire’s sovereignty. The independent state of Sukhothai was founded around 1238 A.D. This gives birth to the period of Sukhothai.
Sukhothai (1238 to 1378) Thai people begin to become a dominant force in this region in the 13th century. Eventually, the Thais begin asserting independence from the then present Khmer and Mon kingdoms. This is called “the dawn of hapiness” or thought of as the golden era of Thailand’s long history. In 1350 the state of Ayutthaya placed its influence over the state of Sukhothai.
Ayutthaya (1350 to 1767) Khmer culture was adopted by Ayutthaya kings, such as Ayutthaya culture was placed over Sukhothai. Ayutthaya sovereign rulers were not the same type as Sukhothai’s paternal and accessible. Ayutthaya’s sovereigns were absolute monarchists that took the title of devaraja or god king. The earlier part of Ayutthaya, extension was made by placing its sovereignty over neigboring Thai principalities which led it into conflict with its neighbors. During the 17th century, Siam started to gain diplomatic and commercial relations with the west. In 1767 an invasion by Burmese was a success, the result was the capture of Ayutthaya. Despite this victory, the Burmese did not have control for long. A young general named Phya Taksin and his followers broke through the Burmese encirclement and escaped to Chantaburi. Seven months after the fall of Ayutthaya, he and his forces sailed back to the capital and expelled the Burmese occupation garrison.
Thon Buri Period (1767 to 1772) General Taksin, as he is popularly known, decided to transfer the capital from Ayutthaya to a site nearer to the sea which would facilitate foreign trade, ensure the procurement of arms, and make defence and withdrawal easier in case of a renewed Burmese attack. He established his new capital at Thon Buri on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The rule of Taksin was not an easy one. The lack of central authority since the fall of Ayutthaya led to the rapid disintegration of the kingdom, and Taksin’s reign was spent reuniting the provinces.
Rattanakosin Period (1782 to the Present) After Taksin’s death, General Chakri became the first king of the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, ruling from 1782 to 1809. His first action as king was to transfer the royal capital across the river from Thon Buri to Bangkok and build the Grand Palace. Rama II (1809-1824) continued the restoration begun by his predecessor. King Nang Klao, Rama III (1824-1851) reopened relations with Western nations and developed trade with China. King Mongkut, Rama IV, (1851-1868) concluded treaties with European countries, avoided colonialisation and established modern Thailand. He made many social and economic reforms during his reign . King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1869-1910) continued his father’s tradition of reform, abolishing slavery and improving the public welfare and administrative system. Compulsory education and other educational reforms were introduced by King Vajiravudh, Rama VI (1910-1925). During the reign of King Prajadhipok, (1925-1935), Thailand changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. The king abdicated in 1933 and was succeeded by his nephew, King Ananda Mahidol (1935-1946). The country’s name was changed from Siam to Thailand with the advent of a democratic government in 1939. Thailand’s present monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, is King Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.

Yi Peng Festival Chiang Mai

   AYi Peng Lantern Festival Chiang Maimong all of the awesome things to see and do in Thailand, this is one festival you do not want to miss, Every year on the night of the 12th full moon of the traditional Thai Calendar, in the northern province of Chiang Mai,about 20 Km. out of town at Mae Jo University you will find the Yi Peng Festival, after an hour long meditation and prayer. all of the participants ( monks as well a spectators) along with the steady peaceful rhythm of traditional Thai Music, release thousands of hot air propelled rice paper lanterns into the air Creating a breathtaking night sky.yi-peng-lantern-festivalThe Release Takes place on the grounds of the Mae Jo University, Keep in mind that this event is a Buddhist celebration , so suitable clothing should be worn. Lanterns Can be purchased for around 100 baht ($3.20) . The Festival is free and gets started around 6 pm. I have heard of other travelers buying there lanterns prior to the entrance, just to have them confiscated, upon entrance, so it may be worth it to wait till you get inside to buy your lanterns.

So this year if you happen to be in northern Thailand on the 16th of November 2013 Come enjoy the festivities, and get yourself a rice-paper lantern and release your troubles away into the Thai night sky. The views will be sure to leave you breathless.



Here is the schedule from T.A.T. ( Tourism Authority of Thailand )

06.00  20.00 hrs.

The Sacred Buddhist Chanting ceremony
At Jed Lin Temple

All Day
The Contests for Decorating Yee Peng Arches
At all Temples and all residences in city area

09.00  22.00 hrs.
The Sacred Buddhist Chanting ceremony
Lok Mo Lee Temple
10.00  23.00 hrs.
The Ceremony of Ritual in honor
of Phra Sirimangkalajarn
At Buddha Sathan, Chiang Mai

13.00  20.30 hrs.
Lanna Kathina Ceremony and Lanterns Floating
At Lanna Dhutanka, Mae jo Sansai

18.00  24.00 
Miss & Mr. Yee Peng 2013 Contest  At Thapae Gate

18.30  19.00 hrs.
The Official Opening Ceremony of Yee Peng Chiang Mai
2013 Festival
At Thapae Gate

19.00  22.00 hrs.
The 22nd Yee Peng Lantern Procession 2018
From Thapae Gate to Pantip Plaza
The Candle Lighting Ceremony
Around the Moats

19.00  24.00 hrs.
Yee Peng Kids’ Contest
At Chiang Mai Municipal Office