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Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

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Experience an exclusive nature tour including Chiang Dao Cave and its Buddhist imagery, Den Sali Temple's elaborate architecture, and a short trek through a dark green forest to the Bautong Sticky Waterfall.

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Duration 1 day
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Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai City.
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  • Explore Chiang Dao Cave, once used by Burmese soldiers in a strategic attack thousands of years ago
  • See traditional images of the Buddha in Bermese style inside the Chiang Dao Cave
  • Visit the wooden Den Sali temple, with elaborate Thai art stucco and sculptures
  • Explore the multiple levels of the limestone Bautong Sticky Waterfall
  • Take this tour with a professional guide
Full description
Don't miss this exclusive nature and cultural tour from Chiang Mai. Your tour starts at Chiang Dao Cave, which will take approximately 1.5 hours to reach on a route that goes through beautiful rolling hillsides. As you approach the caves, you'll see the scenic Doi Chiang Dao mountain range. The cave itself was the place where the Bermese soldiers rested before attacking Chiang Mai in the mid 1400s AD. Explore inside its complex of 5 public caves and see the the natural forms of their stalagmites and stalactites. Then, descend into a large cavern to see Burmese-style images of the Buddha and many shrines. You can freely explore two of the caves by yourself, as they are lit with electric lights! Continue on to Den Sali Teak Wood Temple, located north of the city. This is one of Chiang Mai's most remarkable temples - the complex contains a large number of structures including an ordination hall, a viharn (retreat house), a meditation hall, the kuti (monks' living quarters), a drum hall, and several other buildings, which are all built in a gorgeous traditional architecture. Finish the tour at Bautong Sticky Waterfall, where you can climb on the limestone rocks of the waterfall, and enjoy your time bathing in the cool waters of the pool below. The Sticky Waterfalls are an impressive sight - the rocks are cream-colored and bulbous, almost cartoonish, and contrast beautifully with the dark green forest. The multi-tiered waterfalls are also stunning - don't forget to bring your camera! If you don't plan on getting wet in order to see the rocks, there are a couple hundred steep stairs you could take instead to see the various levels of the waterfalls. In the evening, head back to Chiang Mai.
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Snacks and Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver and professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Please bring:
  • Camera
  • A hat
  • Insect spray
  • Any personal medication you may need
  • Walking shoes / trainers for the trek
  • Swim suit for the waterfall if desired
  • This tour operates in all weather conditions -please dress appropriately.
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We cannot thank guide Anna and driver Mr Pan enough for the most wonderful day out. We all loved the sights, the delicious foods and their informative and friendly company. A very special thank you to Anna for shepherding our two boys up and down the ‘sticky waterfalls’. This was the highlight of our holiday and wish we had spent more time there.

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May 4, 2022

Anna, our guide was fantastic! She spoke very good English, was very informative, very pleasant and had such a fun personality. We learned so much from her in just few hours!! Our driver was very nice and the ride was super comfy in a Toyota SUV. We had an awesome day! Thank you Anna :)

February 9, 2019

Anne was a great guide. We were lucky that we were the only ones on the tour. The tour itself was very well planned and it was never boring. Our highlight was the climbing inside the waterfall which is definitely doable even for beginners. Anne cared a lot about us and provided us with water and food. Furthermore she took a lot of great pictures of us.

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April 5, 2022


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