Guide to Thailand’s Natural Hot Springs
Thailand, better known for its spicy foods and orange-clad monks, has a surfeit of beautiful hot springs open to visitors. We’ll break them down into two categories for the purposes of this page: those north of the capital, Bangkok, and those south of it. Keep in mind that there are new hot springs being discovered to this day, as an extensive guide has yet to be written.
Hot Springs in the North
In Chiang Rai you’ll find the Pong Phra Bat Hot Spring. This spring has both a communal pool and rents out private rooms for those not comfortable bathing with the general public. The grounds are decorated with statues of dinosaurs and other animals as well as some basic workout machines. These amenities make the Hot Spring a popular hangout for locals.
The Chiang Dao Hot Springs are located nearby in Chiang Mai. Guests have commented that this quiet, small spring reminds them of a Japanese onsen, where the waters are quite hot. A stream runs nearby, and many bathers take advantage of it to cool off once the hot springs become too steamy.
Other northern area hot springs are:
- Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
- Pong Arng Hot Spring
- Sai Ngam hot spring
- Mae Kachan Hot Spring and Geyser
- Doisaked Hot Spring
- Phra Ruang Hot Springs
- Hot Springs Maekasa
- Rock Valley Hot Spring and Fish Spa
- Wat Wang Khanay Hot Spring
Hot Springs South of Bangkok
The Lamae District is home to Tham Khao Phlu Hot Spring, a place nestled in greenery and which boasts lovely ancient caves. The water here gets very hot, sometimes too much so for even foot bathing. Therefore, you can do what the locals do. Bring a bucket with you! Locals fill the buckets, let them cool for a bit, and then dump the mineral water on themselves.
On the southwest coast of Thailand, in the Kapong District, is Rommanee Hot Springs. Here visitors are treated to several pools with varying degrees of heat. You can rent an overnight bungalow in order to enjoy the hot springs for more than a single day. The water here is a clear, sparkling blue.
Additional Southern Hot Springs:
- Raksa Warin Hot Spring
- TARYN HOT SPRINGS
- Ancient hot springs
- Kapong Hot Spring
- The Hotspring Beach Resort and Spa
- Nattha Waree Hot Springs Resort and Spa
- Saline Hot Spring Khlong Thom
- Hot Stream Krabi
- Kantang Hot Spring Forest Park
- Khao Chaison Hot Spring
- Betong Hot Spring
The Thai hot springs are plentiful and affordable, and the tropical weather of the country makes them incredibly welcoming. Most hot springs are family-friendly, something to keep in mind whether you’re traveling with children or not. As long as you’re on the western side of the country, you’re never far from a natural mineral spring.
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