9 Incredible Hot Springs You Have To Visit In Asia
If you have been looking to de-stress on your next getaway, there’s nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than taking a good, warm soak in nature’s hot tubs. Hot springs also help soothe your fatigue and ease away any tension. These are some incredible hot springs in Asia that you can consider to visit in future
1. Kurokawa Onsen – Kyushu, Japan
Kurokawa Onsen is a hidden gem, known as one of Kyushu’s best-kept secrets. It has gained popularity among both domestic and international travellers over the years. The hot spring town is located in a lush forest valley. One of its unique characteristics is the authenticity of the traditional look and ambience that this town offers, its rustic goodness with rich culture and history carries the charm of this town. There are no commercialized hotels, colourful neon signages nor skyrise buildings here.
Along the streets sit several Ryokans (Japanese-style inns) where you can stay and take a soak in one of their hot spring baths
2. The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat – Ipoh, Malaysia
Look across the causeway and you will find a luxe retreat that you are seeking for. Built around the beauty of nature, The Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat is Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs wellness retreat.
Enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural dipping pools containing fresh hot water that’s part of the three million litres billowing up daily from the ground below in the geothermal hot spring pools. Seek solace in their Thermal Steam Cave with a platform overlooking a body of clear geothermal hot springs water. Indulge in the resulting natural sauna for a restorative therapy to soothe, relax and detoxify.
3. Pai Hot Springs, Thailand
Looking for an unparalleled hideaway for those in search of tranquility and private gateway?
Pai Hotspring Spa Resort sits on the riverbank of Pai, a boutique town in Mae Hong Son province of Northern Thailand, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Relax and unwind among the surrounding mountain forests.
Enjoy hot spring water throughout the resort with hot-spring public pools and mineral spring water piped into every single guestroom’s bathroom.
4. Maquinit Hot Springs – Coron, Philippines
Sink into the all-natural hot water at Maquinit Hot Spring, a natural site known for healing relaxation. Leftover product of geothermal activity caused by an underground volcano causes the hot water to seep naturally from below. The water is funnelled straight from the ocean by the shore where the geothermal vents heat the seawater.
Sip a mug of cold beer while you take a soak and immerse yourself with nature as you look out at mangrove trees and the idyllic skylines. Don’t forget to catch the sunset on the mangrove boardwalk.
5. Wareerak Hot Spring Thai Spa – Krabi, Thailand
Nestled in the heart of Klong Thom, Wareerak Hot Spring Retreat offers a one-of-a-kind spa experience in Krabi. Indulge yourself and be in awe at the gorgeous open-air nature-based facilities giving guests a unique day of pampering. Take part in destination spa programs
using the fresh mineral hot spring. Their signature treatment incorporates the science of hydrotherapy together with self-exercises in the water.
Allow your body to rejuvenate as you sink into the famous Kinaree Hot Spring pools among the tropical and lush landscape of over 10 acres.
6. Batur Natural Hot Spring – Bali, Indonesia
Visit this wonderful place hidden in Kintamani and be surrounded by captivating nature in a spectacular mountainous region, while soaking in the only natural hot spring in Bali.
Visit the longest lakefront hot spring pool in the world and be surrounded by captivating nature in this spectacular mountainous region. Heated deep within the earth, minerals from the colourless and odourless hot spring bring healing and curative powers.
Soak in four natural hot spring pools and one warm Olympic sized pool and enjoy the majestic panoramas and inhale the fresh mountain air.
7. Khir Ganga – India
To reach one of the most picturesque hot spring in India, you need to take a three-hour hike through the Himalayas to arrive at the best rejuvenating experience at Khir Ganga in India.
Submerge your aching muscles in a man-made pool while taking in spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains that surround this amazing place. Khir Ganga is frequented by locals for centuries for its healing powers.
8. Beitou Millennium Hot Spring – Taipei, Taiwan
Xinbeitou is a hot spring village that is surrounded by a lush valley that is home to 1200 species of plants, 110 species of bird, and 160 varieties of butterflies. The Millennium Hot Springs is a public bathhouse that is popular among locals that offers a fuss-free and authentic Taiwanese hot spring experience.
The public hot spring pools are located outdoors and it offers 4 different pools, each offering different temperatures, and hotter as you go further up the steps. The bottom one is the coolest and the very top pool is the hottest. The main source of the “white sulfur” hot spring water that is used comes from Liuhuanggu Longfenggu thermal valleys located further uphill
in Yangmingshan National Park.
As the public hot spring that is co-ed, you will need to wear swimsuits and swim caps to use. If you are looking for a prefer a more intimate experience, the other hot springs located in the hotels in the vicinity offers private hot spring units for privacy.
9. Takaragawa Onsen – Japan
Takaragawa Onsen is one of the ryokan and onsen resorts located in the Minakami Onsen Area beside Takaragawa River. It is the largest open-air bath in Japan, making it extremely popular among domestic and foreign travellers.
Located in a tranquil forest setting and surrounded by mountain, many come for its therapeutic waters but stay for the majestic views. The mixed-gender baths are open to non-staying guests during the day. As the onsen is located along a river, it takes on a different scenery through the changing seasons. Takaragawa Onsen is one of the hot spring baths in Japan where all guests must use a bath dress provided at the facility.