Day trip

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

Day trip

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

From US$ 91.21 per person

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.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • 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)

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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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 11 reviews

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We had an incredible time on our day trip with Sid and Pon. They were both so incredibly attentive and knowledgeable. The drive was beautiful and we really enjoyed all three stops. They gave us plenty of time to wander around and enjoy ourselves and took great videos and pictures of the day that we can now look back on and enjoy. We would 100% book with them again, it was a great day!

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March 26, 2023

We had an amazing trip with our guide Maggi and driver Om (I hope I spell all correctly). We felt welcomed and cared from the start of the trip. All was set up comfortably. The temple and the cave were super impressive and sticky waterfall is super fun to climb up. Don’t be intimidated, going up the waterfall is easy and refreshing! The area around waterfall is green, protected from sun and nice to be. We had delicious lunch and fruits afterwards. Overall I think it makes a lot of sense to book this tour with the private guide, as it was very good to be photographed and taken care of while we were climbed up. Big thanks to the organizer company and guide and drive for the experience and the tour is absolutely to recommend!

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March 26, 2023

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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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 154947