Planning to go to Taipei in 2017? You have to write this down on your to-do list: hot springs in Beitou!
Because of Taiwan’s geographical location, blessed with warm, clean, crystal-clear, sulfuric water in the form of hot springs. Beitou, the mountainous, northernmost district of the city of Taipei, is positioned just over the dormant Datun Volcano Group, which is also why it has the most number of hot springs across the globe.
Most of the bathhouses and other buildings in Beitou still bear evidence of the Japanese Occupation of Taiwan. The town began restoring the Japanese infrastructure in the 1990s after so many years of neglect when the Japanese left.
Although hot springs are more commonly featured in spas and resorts, Taiwan’s hot springs are potable and are safe to drink.
Courtesy and respect are very important especially when you are using a shared facility with tourists and locals alike. Before you go, please note that it is imperative to follow the rules when it comes to bathing in hot springs.
Most bathhouses require the guests to wear head caps for sanitary purposes. If the property has separate pools for men and women, you are expected to bathe nude, but if all genders can share the same pool, you may bathe in your swimming attire. Be conscious of your health as well, as there are time limits in some pools, and prolonged bathing in hot temperature water could be dangerous for some.
Where to Go
Millennium Hot Springs or Beitou Garden Spa
Anyone who wants to soak up the goodness of hot spring water should go to Millennium Hot Springs. This bathhouse is open to the public and is very affordable. Aside from the indoor bathhouses, the visitors can also enjoy the outdoor pools with different temperature.
Thermal Valley or Jade Springs Valley
This tourist attraction is a pool of jade-colored water with temperatures ranging from 80 degrees Celsius to 100 degrees Celsius, hence its nickname “Hell Valley”. It’s too hot you could feel the steam before you even get to the pool. What makes it this hot spring even more amazing is that it contains radium, which is believed to have therapeutic benefits. However, the temperature makes this attraction not suitable for bathing, so this is mainly for sightseeing.
Beitou Quanyuan Park Foot Bath
After a long day’s walk, you might want to pause for a bit and relax by soaking your tired feet in this natural hot spring. There are no charges to use the facilities, which makes it, even more, a must-visit place for tourists on a budget. Although this private park is a little out of the way, it is worth it.
Hot Spring Spas/Resorts in Beitou
There are many properties in Beitou which offer in-house hot spring spas to visitors. The most famous ones are Sweetme Hot Spring Resort, Spring City Resort, and Beauty Age Hotel, which are a perfect place to unwind as they offer private bathing.
What to Prepare
A normal swimwear or even wearing a bikini is fine. Most spa will provide a robe for you as well. You might want to bring along your own toiletries especially if you do not want to use the common shampoo or soap as the other guests. Most of the hot springs will insist on a swim cap for hygiene purposes so it is best to bring that along or you’ll have to purchase on the spot. A good sturdy pair of non slip flip-flops is great if you do not wish to walk from the changing room to the hot spring pool barefooted.
Take plenty of water as you will be dehydrated from the hot spring. It is advisable that you take a light meal after a hot spring activity as well instead of gouging yourself on a full blown meal.
Hot Springs in Taiwan are a definite worthwhile to go. In fact, many visitors from neighbouring countries will plan a yearly trip just for its health benefits. Would you like more information on the hot springs in Taipei? We love to customise your trip for you! Just talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.