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Kawah Rengganis

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If soaking in a wild river warmed by natural hot sprigs surrounded with tropical rainforest sounds idyllic (and perhaps cliched), hightail it to Kawah Rengganis, just over 50 kilometres south of central Bandung, or ten kilometres from popular Kawah Putih.

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This narrow river valley steams and bubbles with volcanic activity and within the natural flowing river, locals have created artificial ponds near thermal springs of varying temperatures, some with bamboo pipes for a hot “shower”. The newest and largest of these pools (and also the most accessible) is heart-shaped, which we’re sure will please the Instagram crowd. Pools of warm mud offer the opportunity for a mud spa too, touted to have medicinal benefits for your skin although we don’t know if it’s true, it certainly looks fun.

The pool of love. Photo taken in or around Kawah Rengganis, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The pool of love. Photo: Sally Arnold

The area wafts with a slight sulphuric smell, intensified near steaming vents. Paths meander along the river’s edge and a damaged bamboo bridge makes it possible to cross the river a little upstream, but we don’t know how long it will last. Be careful wandering around as some of the pools and vents are extremely hot, and in the wet the rocky paths are ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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