List of Thermal Springs in MYS
Map of Thermal Springs in MYS
Guide to Malaysia’s Natural Thermal Springs
Malaysia, sandwiched between the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, has an array of geothermal bathing options for dedicated hot springs enthusiasts. Most of these are located in the south of the nation, though a few hot springs share land on the island with Brunei.
Because this area of the world is rife with tectonic activity (the shifting of the plates that support landmasses beneath the Earth’s crust), water gets heated in the subterrane and returns to the surface as warm as or hotter than bathwater.
One such hot spring is KSL Hot Spring Resort in the southern city of Johor, a handful of miles north of Singapore. At KSL Hot Spring Resort, there are separate jetted pools for bathing and each comes with its own sauna.
You can stay overnight at the property for reasonable rates and enjoy complimentary breakfast and wifi while you’re there. There’s a soft-floor playground at the hotel and a golf simulator for adults looking to perfect their game.
Heading north, you’ll find ēRYAbySURIA Hot Spring Bentong, a resort in which the outdoor pools and even the children’s pool feature water piped from the local thermal spring. Here the mineral springs are accessible 24 hours a day and an onsite restaurant serves local specialties to resort guests.
If you’re in the area not just for the hot springs but to explore, head over to Colmar Tropicale. It’s a local settlement built to resemble a classic French village.
At Selayang Hot Spring Pool you’ll see five different spring-fed basins. Interestingly, people use this geothermal spring in a variety of ways. Some bring buckets to raise over their heads, letting the very hot water cool a bit first. Still, others bring containers to collect water to drink. Then, there’re those who bathe traditionally.
The facility is open no matter the hour and sells food for those spending time enjoying the therapeutic water.
Other Nearby Hot Springs:
- La Hot Spring
- Trong Hot Spring
- The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
- Sungai Klah Hot Spring Park
- Hot Springs Ulu Slim
- Kolam Air Panas Kuala Kubu Baru
- Kerling Hot Spring
- Hulu Tamu Hot Springs
- Sungai Serai Hot Spring Pool
- Sg. Lalang Hot Spring
- Air Panas Pedas
Malaysian Hot Springs That Share Island With Brunei
In Kinabalu Park is Poring Hot Spring, which is notable for being an odorless hot spring. While many springs leave the skin smelling like sulfur, Poring Hot Spring is both mineral rich and scentless. Entire homes/cabins are available to rent within the park within walking distance of the pools. There’s also a canopy walk situated on the treetops and a mini waterpark for children.
In the western part of the island is Annah Rais Hotspring, a spot in the midst of the forest where a river and hot spring are situated side by side. This area is undeveloped and all attached facilities are particularly rustic. Former guests remind new visitors to bring their own drinks, towels, and food to cook on the barbeques.
Near Annah Rais Hotspring is Kampung Panchor Hot Spring, a shallow wood-lined basin filled with mineral water. Benches are built across the length of the pool, allowing visitors to spread out while wading.
Many locals are Muslim and often women remain covered while enjoying the geothermal spring. This is something you may want to keep in mind while preparing to soak. There is a small entrance fee to gain access to the hot spring.
The tropical environment and abundant beaches make Malaysia a paradise. The hot springs are somewhat clustered together, allowing a visitor to stop at several of them in a fairly short amount of time. No matter when you’re going, make sure you first check out the haze level in the country. This materialization can make travel in the area unhealthy and inconvenient.
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