Langkawi’s Ayer Hangat Village is home to therapeutic hot springs lying just north of Kuah on Jalan Ayer Hangat and makes for an interesting trip.
Malay-style buildings create a village-like environment on the lush landscaped grounds, with cool and hot water pools. A series of small canals run through the grounds and connect hot spring water collected from two wells with cooler water, offering you temperature variation options. Surprisingly, the hot springs are natural salt water, which seeps up from the shallow tide table. The springs claim to be medicinal, helping improve chronic skin conditions, detoxing and joint pain resulting from injury or gout.
Also located in the village are wet and dry reflexology paths. These paths are made up of small stones and massage the reflexology points of your feet as you walk down the paths.
Note the open-air toilets just off the parking area, which are a sight unto themselves, as they were designed with the commune-with-nature-while-taking-care-of-nature’s-business concept.
Geologically speaking, the origin of the hot springs is traced to the base of Gunung Raya and a volcanic eruption, but of course there’s a more colourful island legend to explain their existence. Boy meets girl and family disapproval creates a feud. A particularly bad day of public brawling brings lightening and thunderclaps from the sky, just as the disgruntled family heads toss pots of gravy and hot water at each other (interesting weapons of choice).
And as incredulous legends go, the two family members were transformed into two mountain peaks, Gunung Raya and Gunung Cincang. Where the gravy landed is now the town of Kuah (gravy in Malay) and when the hot water landed, it began seeping into the ground to create Ayer Hangat (water hot). There’s also a kampung (village) nearby named Kisap (which means seep in Malay). The more detailed description is proudly displayed on the walls at Ayer Hangat Village for your reading pleasure.
In addition to the public pools there are 12 private Jacuzzi areas, each with its own pool, cold shower and toilet. These can be rented for 150 ringgit per hour. The hot springs also have shaded pavilions scattered around the grounds where you can relax after a long soak and enjoy the zen landscape, as well as a small food court.
It’s recommended to call the day of your outing to check for adequate water temperature; temperatures can vary from day to day so you wouldn’t want to be disappointed.
Address: Located on Jalan Ayer Hangat north of Kuah
T: (04) 959 1357;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º48'46.88" E, 6º25'22.22" N
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Admission: Admission Free but Jacuzzis 150 ringgit per hour
A short contract job in a (Singapore) hospital initially landed Vanessa in Southeast Asia, where she decided to take a break from her medical career for more creative endeavours. She is presently basing herself in Langkawi, Malaysia from where she continues her exploration of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other destinations on her bucket list.
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