Heal Your Body and Mind at the Best Hot Springs in Chiang Mai
It might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about northern Thailand, but there are a ton of beautiful hot springs in Chiang Mai that are waiting for you to visit. When the sun is shining and the weather is hot they’re a great place to head with a sarong and a cold beer to enjoy the great outdoors. When the weather is cooler they’re even better as they turn into impromptu hot tubs to keep you warm in the chilly air!
Ranging from rough and ready to relaxing and luxurious there’s something for everyone, and here are five of the best.
Sankampaeng Hot Springs
This classic hot spring complex to the east of the city offers plenty of choice depending on whether you’d like to hire a private pool all to yourself, or just paddle your feet in the warm water streams. It’s popular at weekends with local families and if you want to extend your stay then there’s a campsite alongside offering a cheap accommodation option. If you like your hot springs with a gimmick then Sankampaeng lets you boil an egg in the spring water- yes, it really is that hot in places! Be prepared to pay slightly more than locals though, as there’s a dual pricing structure in place here.
Location: Moo 7, Tambon Ban Sahakorn, Mae-On, Chiang Mai 50130
Hours of Operation: 7am – 7pm daily
Phone: 053 037 101
Pong Dueat Hot Spring
This hot spring is less of a leisure complex and more of an adventure destination. The hot pool is at the top of a steep nature trail in the Huay Nam Dung National Park, so when you arrive you may feel like a dip of the slightly cooler variety rather than diving straight into the hot water! Give it a few minutes though and the serene, natural setting will have you stripping off and jumping in. There’s a geyser that shoots a water spout skywards at regular intervals and Thailand’s bird life in the surrounding forest to keep you interested while you soak.
Location: Huay Nam Dung National Park, Pa Pae, Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai 50150
Hours of Operation: 9am – 6pm daily
Fans of Japanese luxury are going to love the 5* Onsen@Mon Cham. Modelled on the famous hot baths of the orient, this complex of pools and shared baths has both indoor and outdoor options and there’s plenty of accommodation here for anyone brave enough to open their wallet to pay the prices (a room costs upwards of $200 a night!). Visiting for the day is a much more budget-friendly option and you can choose from a range of spa treatments alongside the traditional onsen bathing experience.
Location: 293 Moo 2 Tambon Pong Yaeng, Amphoe Mae Rim, Chiang Mai 50180
Hours of Operation: 8am – 8pm daily
Phone: 053 111 606
Doi Saket Hot Springs
From one extreme to the other now, Doi Saket is a cheap and cheerful hot springs option set up for local villagers but perfect for a quick dip on a visit to the area. It’s run by the local city government and is a communal affair, with everyone jumping in together (bring your swimming costume, this is not nudist territory!). Bring your sense of adventure and be prepared to meet a lot of curious and potentially giggling new friends. Good, cheap massages are also on offer here.
Location: Highway 3005, Ban Mae Pong, Doi Saket 50220
Hours of Operation: 6am – 4pm daily
Phone: 053 389 164
Pong Kwao Hot Springs
Pong Kwao is a bit of a trek out of town but the beautiful surroundings make it well worth the journey. There’s only one main pool here but it’s filled with fresh warm spring water, and the rock wall that surrounds it gives it a lovely feeling of privacy. There are plenty of other smaller hot tub-sized baths for you to jump into, many of which can be rented for private use if you don’t fancy sharing. We recommend heading up here for a mountain walk before soaking your cares away while enjoying the peace and quiet.
Location: Tambon Amphoe Samoeng, Chang Wat Samoeng Nuea, Chiang Mai 50250
Hours of Operation: 8:30am – 5:30pm daily
Phone: 086 012 3771
Just a few of the best hot springs in Chiang Mai!
There are few things in life as pleasurable as steaming in hot, natural water while sat outside in the great outdoors. Take the time to visit some of these lovely hot springs on your visit to the Chiang Mai and experience the pleasure for yourself!