Hot Springs, Chiang Mai
We hired a songthaw and tripped around for the day - one of the places we visited was the Sankhampeng hot springs. This place was a lovely little oasis, and obviously a popular gathering place for families and school groups, but no tourists!
We were quite amused by the popular activity of buying a basket of eggs, suspending them in the hot water - and hey presto, lunch is almost served!
One of the things in which Chiang Mai is famous for is its hot spring and really what is there not to like about soaking in a warm pool of water with therapeutic properties?
During my visit to Chiang Mai, I hired a tuk tuk to take us to the San Kamphaeng district, in which there are 2 notable hot spring areas, the government managed San Kamphaeng Hot Springs and the privately managed Roong Aroon Hot Springs.
Under the advise of my tuk tuk driver, we went to San Kamphaeng Hot Springs and it was a great place to spent a couple of hours. Admission fee was 30 baht, and its facilities were well-maintained and garden (as you can see from the photo) was immaculately landscaped.
There are a few things you can do in the hot spring and one of the most obvious would be to soak in the pool. The rates are as follow:
- 15 Baht / 30 minutes for a private bowl (like a large urn)
- 30 Baht / 30 minutes for a private tub (like a bath tub)
- 200 Baht / hour for a group tub (like a huge jucuzzi which can fit about 10 people).
My buddy and I took the group tub so that we can yak and the very hot water (80 ~ 90C) is mixed with cold water so that we do not cooked ourselves in it. The water is high in sulphur content, which is why the water is especially good for those with skin problems. Just remember to not go for a date immediately after a soak, unless your date has a strange fetish for smells of rotten eggs. ;-)
The other things to do is to buy the chicken eggs (5 for 20 baht) or quail eggs (a lot for 20 baht) from the ticketing office and then cook them in the hot spring. A packet of Maggi flavored soy sauce is provided with each purchase and when properly cooked (8 minutes for well done), they are very delicious!
More information regarding this trip can be found here.
Fang Hot Springs is a huge and fantastic point to be at and consists of more than 30 hot springs, some of which boil continuously with a strong smell of sulphur. local people believes that u can bath with the water to get rid of the skin disease and also it cures few illnesses... that's what they say!
This place is between Chiang Mai and Rai. If you pass trough this place, just stop for a while. Its a waste of time if you spent much time there, 10 min is enough to see some people boiling eggs.