Hot Springs in Thailand

Rebecca Hanlon
Last Updated: March 14th, 2024

Known as the “Land of a Thousand Smiles” Thailand is an ideal tourist destination worth visiting at least once.

Going to Thailand can be an adventure. You can travel back in time and get lost in the beautiful ancient ruins. However, you can also witness the modern age through Thailand’s urban areas that follow the latest trends.

Hot Springs in Thailand offer a mix of old and new, from primitive hot springs to luxury resorts. We will take a look at the best the country has to offer for those looking to soak in the famous waters of Thailand.

Hot Springs in Thailand

Thailand has 112 hot springs, most of them located near the coastline. An interesting thing to know is that only about 43% are used for tourism.

Thailand’s hot springs have temperatures ranging from 89 to 210 °F. Hot springs with surface temperatures from 86 to 176 °F can usually be found in the country’s central, west, and south parts. Moreover, hot springs ranging from 89 to 210 °F are usually found in the north.

Best Hot Springs in Thailand

  • Pai Hot Springs
    • Sai Ngam Hot Springs
    • Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
    • Ta Pai Hot Springs
  • Chiang Rai
    • Pong Phra Bat Hot Spring
    • Mae Kachan Hot Spring
    • Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Springs
    • Huay Mark Liam Hot Spring
  • Chiang Mai
    • San Kamphaeng Hot Spring
  • Lamae District
  • Tham Khao Phlu Hot Spring

Pai Hot Springs

You’ll find numerous hot springs in Pai Valley, located in northern Thailand. While all of them are fantastic, we’ll take a look at three, which are fan favorites.

These areas are recognizable for their crystal-clear water and natural scenery. Many people who have visited the Pai hot springs agree that the places are secluded and make you feel like you’re relaxing in a private hot tub in the middle of the jungle.

Sai Ngam Hot Springs

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Sai Ngam Hot Spring via Paul Zogala

Speaking of hot tubs in the middle of the jungle, Sai Ngam is closest to the description. The hot spring has a pleasant water temperature, and you’ll fall in love with the naturalistic setting. The place is very calm, as it’s located next to a quiet road, about 12 miles from Pai.

Not very far from the hot baths, you’ll find a beautiful Thai Village with traditional wooden stilt houses. To find the village, continue to follow the road uphill.

You’ll have to pay 200 THB (Thai Baht) to enter, which is about $6. For children, the entrance fee is 100 TBH ($3) and 20 baht for a motorbike.

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Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort

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Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort via paihotspringssparesort

Located about 4.34 miles from the Pai’s town center, the Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort includes several thermal baths and a swimming pool with a river and countryside view.

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  • Location: Pai Hotsprings Spa Resort
  • Entrance Fee: $3/Free for hotel guests
  • Operation Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM/Check-in – 2 PM; Check-out – 12 PM

Tha Pai Hot Springs

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Tha Pai Hot Springs via coincidentalimages

When in Pai, we highly recommend you visit Ta Pai Hot Spring. Ta Pai Hot Spring is close to the spa resort we discussed above, located about 4.97 miles from Pai’s town center.

This is one of the most popular places for hot springs in Thailand because you can find various baths with temperatures ranging from 86 to 98.6 °F, while the water in the spring is about 176 °F.

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Chiang Rai

Pong Phra Bat Hot Spring

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You can check out Pong Phra Bat Hot Spring in Chiang Rai in the north of the country. This place is wonderful and loved by both tourists and locals.

Pong Phra Bat Hot Spring has a communal pool. However, if you’re not comfortable bathing in public, you can rent a private bath, which costs about $2.

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Mae Kachan Hot Spring

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While in Chiang Rai, you should visit another popular hot spring called Mae Kachan Hot Spring. The place has multiple pools with mineral water.

Soaking in the warm relaxing pools is not the only thing you can do in this place. Right next to the hot spring, you’ll find a breathtaking abandoned temple that makes for a perfect Instagrammable moment.

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Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Springs

This hot spring is suitable for people who like high temperatures. It has various pools with temperatures ranging from 113 °F, 140 °F, and even 176 °F.

Pa Tueng Onsen Hot Spring is a modest place. There isn’t so much to do here, but it’s very affordable. You can get a private pool for 180 baht, which is about $5.

For those looking for some extra pampering, you can get an authentic Thai oil massage which costs about 250 baht or $7 an hour.

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Huay Mak Liam Hot Spring

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Huay Mak Liam Hot Spring is considered one of the most famous hot springs in Chiang Rai. Unlike Pa Tueng Onsen, this place is more developed and tourist-friendly.

For instance, you’ll find numerous caretakers at the site who ensure everything is in order and constantly check the guests to prevent potential accidents.

Another benefit of the tourist-friendly package is that the park includes boards with interesting facts in both Thai and English.

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Chiang Mai

San Kamphaeng Hot Spring

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Ancient Rocks 2 via bwaters23

San Kamphaeng is considered the most well-known hot spring in north Thailand. It’s close to Chiang Mai, about 18.64 miles from the center.

In San Kamphaeng Hot Spring, you can dip your feet in the public pools and enjoy the benefits of the minerals. However, you can also rent an entire pool for yourself.

Like numerous hot springs in Thailand, San Kamphaeng has booths where you can purchase small eggs in bamboo baskets and boil them in hot water.

The area includes shelters, meaning you can stay there overnight. These shelters are also cost-effective.

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Lamae District

Tham Khao Phlu Hot Spring

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South of Bangkok, you can enjoy the fantastic Tham Khao Phlu Hot Spring. This beautiful place in Thailand includes a pool where you can dip your feet in hot water.

The area includes a well-kept pool with clear water. This is a public pool, but you can also book a private bath, which will cost you around 200 baht, which is about $6.12.

An interesting thing about Tham Khao Phlu Hot Spring is that you can visit the nearby Tham Nam Yen cave. Actually, there are two caves which you can reach on foot or by boat. If you decide to take a boat ride to the cave, you’ll have to pay 200 baht, around $6.12.

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About The Author

Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca has been a blogger for over 5 years, before that enjoying a number of jobs to fund her passion for travel. She’s taught English as a foreign language in 5 different countries, been a part-time Barista, a waitress, and a tour guide around some of Europe’s finest vineyards. She the one behind the social channels here at HotSprings.co whilst somehow finding the time to travel the world with her partner Will ❤

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