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Chiang Mai (row 618) isn’t just about temples, elephants, and street food—it’s also a hot spot for hot springs!
So, if you’re on the lookout for the ultimate relaxation or unique experience in this charming northern Thai city, you’re in the right place. We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of hot springs that’ll give you the ultimate thermal escape! Read on!
San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
Opening hours: Daily 7 AM to 6 PM
- Thai locals: Adult (40 THB), Children (20 THB)
- Foreigners: Adult (100 THB), Children (50 THB)
- Thai Senior Citizens (age 60 years old, show ID) – 20 THB
- Disabled People (ID needed): Free entry
San Kamphaeng is the sweet spot where hot springs (row 799), lush greenery, and tranquillity join forces for a perfect rejuvenating escape!
In its springs, you can dip your toes into warm, mineral-rich waters known for their therapeutic wizardry. And if you need a break from the heat, take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque gardens, splash in the pools, or satisfy your cravings at nearby local eateries.
Oh, and here’s a quirky bonus: families with kids will appreciate the amenities at the hot spring, as there is a playground and splash pad for the little ones to enjoy.
Don’t miss the chance to try the traditional Thai egg-boiling method at San Kamphaeng Hot Springs. Purchase fresh eggs at nearby stalls, carefully place them in designated baskets, and let them cook in the natural hot springs.
Doi Saket Hot Spring
Opening hours: Daily 8 AM to 6 PM
Nestled on the slopes of Doi Saket, this hot spring gem is like a secret paradise just waiting to be uncovered. They’ve got pools with temperatures for every mood, ensuring there’s a perfect spot for everyone.
However, they’re not just about pools; they’ve got the whole package. If you’re rolling with the family, they’ve got small and medium-sized rooms at an average of 150 THB per hour.
Now, for a complete pamper, they’ve got massage services! Although, massages are done in a common and open area, so there are no private spa vibes.
Feeling hungry after soaking? There are a few reasonably priced local restaurants, coffee shops, and fruit vendors nearby!
For a more exclusive experience, you can try Doi Saket Hot Spring’s private soaking room. It’s a perfect choice for those seeking a more intimate and personalised hot spring experience.
Pong Kwao Hot Springs
Opening hours: Daily 9 AM to 6 PM
- Thai local – Adult (100 THB), Children 4 – 12 years (50 THB) , Children under 4 years old (Free)
- Foreigners – 200 THB, Kids under 4 years old (Free)
If you’re yearning for a hot spring experience with a touch of rustic charm, Pong Kwao is the spot to hit. Tucked away in the loving arms of nature, this place and its natural pools offer a serene escape from the daily grind.
The highlight? Pong Kwao boasts both public and private baths (onsen) with temperatures to suit every mood!
If you’re hitting the road to Pong Kwao Hot Springs, be prepared for a bit of adventure! The path can get a bit wild, turning rugged and dusty during dry spells and slippery when the rainy season kicks in.
To make the most of your journey, consider packing essentials like a sturdy pair of shoes and a light rain jacket. Additionally, check the weather conditions before you set out to ensure a smoother and more enjoyable ride.
Pong Arng Hot Spring
- Monday to Saturday – 8 AM to 6 PM
- Sunday – 8 AM to 4:30 PM
- Thai local – 20 THB
- Foreigners – 100 THB
Pong Arng Hot Spring, a hidden oasis that’s only a 7-minute drive away from Wat Huai Sai, invites you to unwind in its warm waters. Its natural setting strikes the perfect balance of seclusion and relaxation for a truly memorable hot spring experience.
Once you’re here, you’ll find three pools (row 798), each offering a different temperature – from quite hot (but still bearable) to lukewarm. For your convenience, there are cabins for showering and changing rooms!
Plus, the area is nicely shaded, surrounded by open grass where you can kick back and enjoy a picnic.
But here’s the kicker – the ticket doesn’t just grant you access to the hot springs; it also includes a visit to Srisangwan waterfall, slightly further up north. It’s a two-for-one deal, adding an extra layer of adventure to your hot spring retreat!
At Pong Arng Hot Spring, you’ll find a spot where you can pitch a tent, just follow the signage for the campground. It adds a touch of adventure to your hot spring experience, offering the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature’s embrace under the starry skies.
Thep Phanom Hot Spring
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Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Fee: 50 THB
Let’s dive into the therapeutic embrace of Thep Phanom Hot Spring, which is tucked away in a serene corner of Chiang Mai. In its mineral pools, you’ll find a tranquil escape!
Picture this: you, immersing in soothing pools, embraced by lush greenery, letting the stresses of everyday life dissolve away — it’s an appealing image, right? But here’s the extra treat: there’s a private onsen room for that exclusive relaxation experience.
Plus, here’s an open natural mineral water spot for soaking. You can also feel the warmth in the large outdoor natural hot spring, perfect for a rejuvenating dip, as the water’s just the right temperature.
If you venture to the middle of the outdoor pool and touch your feet to the bottom, brace yourself – it’s pretty hot down there.
Chiang Dao Hot Springs
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
Fee: 50 THB
Nestled amidst the mountains, Chiang Dao Hot Springs creates a picturesque setting for a unique and calming experience. Here’s the scoop: it’s a free hot spring with small tubs of flowing hot water. You can simply soak in the warm waters and let the stresses of the world fade away.
But, fair warning, there’s a slight stench of sulfur from the eggs around the area, and cleanliness might not be its strongest suit.
A silver lining, though, is that in the same area, there are a few private tubs that come with a cleaner setting—but with an entry fee. So, make your choices based on your preference.
After your hot spring indulgence, cool down your body in the clean river next to the hot springs. It’s the cherry on top of your relaxation sundae!
Fang Hot Spring
Opening hours: Daily 9 AM to 5:30 PM
- Thai locals – 50 THB
- Foreigners – 300 THB
Fang Hot Spring is a hidden gem tucked away in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park area, offering rejuvenating thermal waters in a tranquil setting. It’s a boulder-strewn protected park with bubbling hot springs and dramatic geysers soaring up to 50 metres high!
Now, you’ll find that the area is not just a feast for the eyes; it’s also well-kept and expansive.
And beyond the captivating scenery of natural hot springs and geysers, they roll out relaxing services.
You can immerse yourself in the soothing hot spring baths, whether indoors or outdoors, unwind in the sauna, and treat yourself to a traditional Thai massage for the ultimate relaxation experience.
Want a snack? Eggs are available for sale on-site and you can boil them in the hot creek!
For those seeking a more exclusive experience, there are private bungalows available for private onsen sessions which adds a touch of luxury to your hot spring retreat.
Nong Khrok Hot Spring
- Monday – Closed
- Tuesday to Sunday – 6 AM to 7 PM
Let’s now embark on a journey to the pristine Nong Khrok Hot Spring, which is 2 hours away from Chiang Mai International Airport. This off-the-beaten-path destination provides a tranquil retreat, albeit the public hot spring setting.
Now, for those who prefer a bit more privacy, Nong Khrok also offers private shower facilities.
And though Nong Khrok Hot Spring may be petite in size, its charm is boundless!
If you fancy staying overnight here, there aren’t lodging facilities in the hot springs. However, there are nearby hotels and resorts, just a few minutes away from Nong Khrok Hot Spring.
There’s limited lighting in the area, so it’s best to arrive before nightfall to fully enjoy the experience.
While Nong Khrok Hot Spring is a pristine natural retreat, it’s essential to note that the immediate area does not offer lodging options.