It’s still winter-ish! So why not slip into a hot spring, soak away your woes and emerge all fresh and perky!
Sankampaeng Hot Springs
This is a sure-bet for a quick and easy few hours’ soak. Here you can take a dip in a private tub or just soak your feet in a hot part of the flowing stream. Feeling hungry? Try boiling eggs in the steamy and bubbling waters. If you wish to spend a night there is a camping site for an adventurous vibe and residences with private onsen available.
T. Ban Sahakorn, A. Mae On
Open 7am – 7pm
Tel. 053 037 101
Pong Kwao Hot Springs
Quite a drive into the mountains, this secret destination has one superb spring pool, its blue waters surrounded by a rock wall for utter privacy. Rent this, or the many smaller rooms and baths, for the afternoon. Take your friends and family and a picnic basket and shed the mountain chill as you sink into comforting hot spring water.
Samoeng Nuea, A. Samoeng
Open 8.30am – 5.30
Tel. 086 012 3771
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A less popular destination, therefore less crowded. This hot spring is tucked away in the isolated area in Mae Chaem district at about a 100 km drive from the city. The hot spring itself is too hot for a dip but there are mineral tubs available nearby. You can bring your own eggs to boil!
At Op Luang National Park, T. Ha Pha, A. Mae Chaem
Open 8am – 4.30pm
Tel. 081 992 9864
Pong Dueat Hot Spring
It’s a bit of an adventure to reach this hot spring. You will be sweating profusely after the 800 metre trek up the natural trail. There is an impressive geyser shooting hot water up to the sky and the hot spring is surrounded by dense forest so you can sit and soak while listening to the sounds of nature.
Huay Nam Dung National Park, T. Pa Pae, A. Mae Taeng
Open 8am – 6pm
Tel. 053 248491
Fang Hot Springs
This is probably one of the largest hot springs in northern Thailand with about 50 spots to dip in within a 10 rai area. As it is located in a national park, you are ensured of serenity and peace. There is also private mineral hot tubs and steamed sauna available.
At Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park, T. Pong Nam Ron, A. Fang
Open 7.30am – 7pm
Tel. 053 453 517-8
Onsen at Mon Cham
This Japanese style resort up Mae Sa Valley brings the onsen experience to Chiang Mai. Indoors, outdoors, private villas, shared baths, whatever your choice, you will enjoy a luxurious setting overlooking a plush green valley. It will cost you though!
Pong Yaeng, Mae Rim
Tel. 053 111 606
Doi Saket Hot Springs
The local authorities has developed this hot spring into a sharing bath house where local villagers come to take a bath during cold evenings. This is a chance to experience the local rural lifestyle. Could be fun!
At Ban Mae Pong, T. Pa Miang, A. Doi Saket
Open 6am – 3pm
Tel. 053 389 164