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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 slippery.

The access to Kawah Rengganis is via a 800 metre long narrow steep rocky track off the main road, accessible by motorbike or waking but not by car, and as a motorbike passenger we had to walk some sections anyway as the road was too steep. Once at the top, there’s a motorbike parking area and a handful of warungs along with the ticket booth. A steep paved stairway leads down to the river where there are a couple of change rooms and a small mosque. Don’t forget to pack something to bathe in and a towel. Shorts and T-shirt (or boardies and a rashie) are more appropriate than a swimming costume in this conservative ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Kawah Rengganis
50 kilometres south of Bandung
Admission: 30,000 rupiah weekdays; 35,000 rupiah weekends

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