Who would not like to bathe in warm waters containing healing properties while enjoying a spectacular panorama?
Bathing in a hot spring is a must during a stay in Vietnam. Imagine a good hot bath after a hike or a few days stay to relax in a natural spa in altitude or along a river surrounded by mountains … This is what Vietnam offers to those who venture there. The thermal springs existing in these regions are far to be always fully developed, but they are well-established enough to at least relax. If you also want to benefit from these hot springs virtues we have selected 6 of the most beautiful of them. So, ready to go?
At 70 km from Hanoi, the province of Hòa Bình where the rural district of Kim Bôi is located is a wild region with karst blocks emerging from forests and rice fields. The source of Kim Bôi is a real gift from nature. The mineral water, maintained around 36 ° C all year round, is also drinkable and bottled. It contents a high level of minerals, including calcium, lithium, and radium and can, therefore, be very effective against rheumatism, intestinal diseases, stomach upset, hypertension, etc. The baths are also recommended for the rehabilitation of disabled people. Visitors not only have access to the warm springs waters but can also relax in mud baths prepared in advance.
Head further south towards the Kênh Gà hot spring. The clear water with bubbles comes from the mountains with 53° C, rich in sodium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and calcium. The resort offers public baths or private baths. Although it existed for years, Kenh Ga Hot Spring was officially recognized in 1940 by the French. Make the most of your stay and discover the nearby Van Trinh Cave, known for its spectacular stalactites, the Van Long Nature Reserve, the largest natural reserve in the North Delta, the Long Dich Temple and Cave, and the Cuc Phuong National Park.
Binh Chau – Lo Quoc 55, Binh Chau, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria province, 70 km from Vung Tau beach
This spring is located 150 km from Ho Chi Minh City. Binh Chau not only has a beautiful spring but also thermal ponds with water temperatures ranging from 40 to 82 ° C, spilling more than 70 diurnal and nocturnal sources. In this area, there are many wells, often used for tourist demonstrations to boil eggs in natural hot mineral water.
Officially discovered in 1928 by a French doctor named Sallet, the Spa had to wait the 21 century to be built and open to visitors.
Tay Vien District of Que Son, Quang Nam Province, 3 km from My Son Shrine.
Tây Viên near Da Nang has two streams of hot water (85 ° C) and cold water flowing in parallel. They are known to contain valuable minerals such as potassium, calcium, sulfur, and iron. The name Tay Vien is associated with the names of a medicinal herb garden located west of Que Son District.
Dam Rong – Lam Dong province, 70 km from Dalat
Approximately 300 km from HCMC, the average temperature of this source varies between 40 and 45 ° C and comes from an underground eruption. Its sulfur content is higher than all the other hot springs, making this spring an effective treatment against skin diseases, rheumatism, hypertension, and heart disorders.
Kim Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province
Elephant Springs is a natural spring flowing into a freshwater pool from a waterfall. 53 kilometers from Hue, the site covered by large blocks having the shape of an elephant, is also located just 20 kilometers from the famous Van Gogh, a road called by Top Gears as “a desert ribbon of perfection and one of the best coastal roads in the world “. Compared to other well-known thermal places, Hoi Van is still a rather natural site and is less exploited touristically. It is a great place to relax in pure water, but beware, the place is only suitable for short visits as there are no hotel facilities there and the food stalls around the site are only open in high season. The best time to get there is usually between January and September.