Sulphurous hot springs emerge out of the ground a few kilometres southeast of Pai.
They're heavily promoted -- but nothing much to write home about.
A pleasant diversion especially during the cool season is to head to Pai Spa Exotic Home Resort and pay 80 baht per person to bathe in their well maintained pools.
The other alternative is to see them near the entrance to Huay Nam Dung National Park. You will have to pay the park entrance fees, which are pricey at 300 baht for adults and 100 baht for children to simply see some steamy, sulphurous pools (it's 50/20 baht for Thais).
Being a national park sub-station there are only minimal facilities and information but if you’re paying the entrance fee then you can of course make a longer trip of it and try out some of the national park forest trails. This is a large national park covering more than 1,200 square kilometres and stretching from the Burmese border all the way to Chiang Dao and Mae Taeng in Chiang Mai province. According to park info the springs reach 100 degrees Celsius – so be careful!
The springs are approximately 12 kilometres from Pai Town.
Watch out for your silver jewellery turning black!
Pai Spa Exotic Home: Mae Hee; T: (053) 065 722, (085) 653 8431; open daily 07:00-22:00.
Huay Nam Dang National Park: Mae Hee; open daily 07:00-18:00.
By Mark Ord.
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