In the year of wellness travel, hot springs should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. Asia offers some of the best opportunities for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Offering curative properties coming from the natural minerals, hot springs are the perfect way to obtain the relaxation that everyone looks for during their holiday.
Starting in Seoul, South Korea is the Onyang Hot Spring which holds the title as Korea’s oldest hot spring. Dating back 1,300 years, history says that it goes back to the Baekje Dynasty when King Sejong stopped here to cure his leg and eye wounds led to the high alkaline content of the water. The Onyang Hot Spring Hotel offers several outdoor hot spring water pools called Onyang Oncheon and is the oldest and largest hot spring resort in the country.
On the island of Kyushu, Japan sits Kurokawa Onsen which offers six main kinds of hot springs from mildly acidic springs for relieving stress and fatigue to carbonate springs for beautiful skin, this resort offers it all. Located at an altitude of 700m, this place will have you returning home feeling rejuvenated.
Over to Clarke, Philippines sits the Puning Hot Springs and Sand Spa at the foothills of Mount Pinatubo and fed by hot water from the volcano with temperatures varying from 40-70 degrees. This spa also offers a natural mudpack while visitors look out over the emerald waters of Pinatubo Crater Lake.
South Asia’s offerings start with the Sungai Klah Hot Springs in Malaysia which is set among lush forests and flowing rivers. This park offers both hot and cold pools fed by bubbling streams and a natural underground spring. These are split into public pools, private jacuzzis and even a place where visitors can boil eggs in the hot water for a snack while they steam.
Moving north to Thailand’s Chiang Mai province is the Fang Hot Spring at Ban Pin where temperatures are typically between 90 and 100℃. The largest spring offers a constant jet of sulphur-scented steam and private bathing rooms and nature walks. The environment that surrounds this resort has made it a popular relaxation destination.
A top spot for eco-tourism development as recognised by the World Travel Organisation, Binh Chau Hot Mineral Springs in Vietnam promises a delightful holiday with waters rich in mica, sulphur, chlorine and sodium. All of these minerals aid the body in improving blood circulation and promoting healing. This resort offers several pools for different soaks and massages and mud baths for those looking for a little more than a nice soak.
If a city trip with a day of relaxing sounds appealing, try the Beitou Hot Spring in Taiwan, just a short train ride outside of capital city Taipei. This small countryside town is known for its hot springs, rich greenery, and architectural heritage was developed into a resort by the Japanese in 1845 during the colonial era. It offers a variety of private spas and public bathhouses to suit the needs of any visitor with a variety of pools that range in temperature and sulphuric content.
When planning a holiday to Asia make sure not to miss out on the relaxing experience of soaking in one of the continents many hot springs.