The city of Chiang Rai has four absolutely stunning hot springs that you should definitely visit on your trip to Thailand.
Some of these hot springs don’t have a pool where you can bathe. Therefore, read this guide before planning a visit to any of the hot springs.
1. Huay Mark Liam Hot Spring
The Huay Mark Liam is one of the most well-known Chiang Rai Hot Springs. It is located along the Kok River in Lam Nam Kok National Park.
The picturesque setting of the hot spring is a natural forest is what makes it so famous. However, you cannot bathe or dip your feet here.
Some ground caretakers are present at the site at all times to prevent the chances of an accident.
Throughout the park, you will find boards with interesting information about the hot spring. The information is mostly in Thai with English translation.
There is no entry fee.
Location: XM7J+628, Doi Hang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000
2. Pong Phra Soet Hot Spring
Conveniently located about 1 km from Huay Mark Liam is the Pong Phra Soet Hot Spring inside the Lam Nam Kok National Park.
There are various pools here where you can soak in warm mineral water for a truly relaxing experience.
It has a large outdoor public pool, and eight private spa rooms.
If you wish to soak in the public pool, you will have to take a bathing suit. The private pools are also very decent in size and can comfortably fit 3-4 people.
It is best to visit the hot spring during the low season if you want the place to yourself.
Address: XRGM+Q9G, Ban Du, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
3. Mae Kachan Hot Spring
It is another very famous hot spring in Chiangrai that you would love as an adventure traveler.
There are plenty of pools where you can soak in mineral water and relax. Since it is a natural hot spring (with two geysers), you will be spared the ugly sulfur odor.
There is an abandoned temple right next to the hot spring, which is perfect for taking insta-worthy photos.
There are a few coffee shops and snack stores from where you can grab something to munch.
Address: 4F76+WV8 Moo 6 Pha Soet Phatthana Village Doi Hang Chiang Rai 57260, Thailand
4. Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Springs
It is a modest hot spring in Chiang Rai that you can check out if you don’t get along with the crowd.
There are a number of different pools with varying temperatures, such as 45C, 60C, and 80C.
The prices are also very affordable, so you don’t have to think twice about getting a private pool.
You can get a nice hot tub in a private room just for 180 Baht. One thing that you must definitely try here is boiling eggs in the hot spring.
You may also enjoy the authentic Thai oil massage for 250 Baht for an hour.
Address: 4Q8X+XG3, Pa Tueng, Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai 57110, Thailand
Although there might not be as many hot springs in Chiang Rai as in the other parts of Thailand, the few that there are here are definitely worth visiting.
Boiling an egg right in front of your eyes over the hot spring could be an altogether different experience that you should not miss.
Some of the best hot springs in Chiang Mai include:
Sankampaeng Hot Springs: Located about 36 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, Sankampaeng Hot Springs is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The hot springs offer mineral baths, private pools, and foot soaking areas.
Pong Dueat Hot Springs: Situated in the Huai Nam Dang National Park, Pong Dueat Hot Springs is a less crowded option featuring hot spring pools, a geyser, and beautiful natural surroundings.
You can visit some of the following places:
- Sankampaeng Hot Springs, which is a popular and convenient hot spring east of Chiang Mai city. It offers daily yoga lessons, immersive yoga workshops, and yoga retreat programs. You can book a private pool, dip your feet in the stream, or boil eggs in the hot water.
- Pong Duet Hot Spring, which is the biggest geyser hot spring in Thailand. It is located at the top of a steep nature trail in the Huay Nam Dung National Park. You can see a water spout shooting up to 2 metres high and enjoy a mineral water bath or a steam sauna.
- Fang Hot Springs, which is one of the largest hot springs in northern Thailand with about 50 spots to dip in within a 10 rai area. It is located in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park and offers private mineral hot tubs, steamed sauna, and boiling eggs.
- Onsen at Mon Cham, which is a Japanese style resort that brings the onsen experience to Chiang Mai. It has indoor and outdoor baths, private villas, and shared baths with a luxurious setting overlooking a plush green valley.
Some notable waterfalls in Chiang Rai include:
Khun Korn Waterfall: Located in the Namtok Khun Korn Forest Park, this is one of the tallest and most impressive waterfalls in the area.
Pong Phra Bat Waterfall: Situated near the Pong Phra Soet Hot Spring, this waterfall is a great addition to a day trip exploring the hot spring.
Huai Mae Sai Waterfall: A beautiful multi-level waterfall located in the Chiang Rai province.
The Golden Triangle is the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet, located near the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. Historically, the region was notorious for its opium trade. Today, the Golden Triangle is a popular tourist destination, featuring attractions like the Hall of Opium Museum, stunning views of the three countries, river cruises, and various hill tribe villages.
Ban Huay Zai Kao, also known as Huay Zai Kao Village, is a small village in the Chiang Rai province known for its natural hot springs. The village has a hot spring pool where visitors can enjoy the warm mineral water, as well as a cool stream nearby for a refreshing dip.
Chiang Rai offers various activities and attractions for visitors, including:
Visit the famous White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
Explore the Black House (Baan Dam Museum)
Discover the Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten)
Stroll through the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
Enjoy a day trip to the Golden Triangle
Visit hill tribe villages like the Akha and Karen
Explore nature by visiting waterfalls and hot springs in the area
Visit the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park
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