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Hot springs

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Sulphurous hot springs emerge out of the ground at numerous spots across north Thailand and Pai district is no exception. The most conveniently accessible ones are around 12 kilometres southeast of town in Mae Hee district.

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The principal site, Pong Nam Ron Tha Pai, is a collection of springs and scorching ponds set near the entrance to Huay Nam Dang National Park. Along with these, some nearby sources on private land have been channelled to provide hot mineral baths at the predictably named and very fancy Pai Hot Springs Spa Resort. If you prefer a more natural setting to take the waters, then the national park is a very attractive option, with a series of springs and steaming pools rising in steps amid a grove of natural forest. Certain ponds are suitable for bathing while others reach near boiling point, so do be careful before taking the plunge. They are indicated in English but even so a mistake could be very nasty!

Pay attention to the signs. Photo taken in or around Hot springs, Pai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Pay attention to the signs. Photo: Mark Ord

Trails lead further on into the woods, so the site holds potential for nature lovers but since it is only a national park sub-station, there are minimal facilities and information. The principal park entrance and buildings are located around 40 kilometres southeast off the highway leading back to Mae Malai. Huay Nam Dang actually incorporates over 1,200 square kilometres of forest and hill country stretching from the Burmese border all the way to Chiang Dao and Mae Taeng districts in Chiang Mai province. There are changing rooms/showers for bathers but the visitor’s centre contained zero information in English when we visited. If you can locate an English-speaking park warden then they may be able to suggest some longer hiking ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Huay Nam Dang is eight kilometres from Pai and can be reached either by continuing south on the Mae Yen Road or turning left after the Memorial Bridge off highway 1095. Pai Hot Springs Spa Resort is off the rural road a short distance north of the park entrance and is well signposted in English.

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