Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Khanchanaburi's Hin Dad hot spring (source)

As is common on this website, there is little and/or very few to report on.

In recent weeks there has been quite a bit made of  RarinJinda Spa in Chiang Mai which claims to have opened an onsen. Now onsen is usually a term referring to a hot spring bath in Japan. So whether a new hot spring has opened or something which seeks to condure up an image of what may be a Japanese spa in Thailand, it's unclear. From tatnews (March 14):
'RarinJinda’s semi-outdoor Onsen area consists of three pools: Hot Springs Pool with temperature of 40 degrees celcius, Soda Carbonated Spa Pool and Cold Pool with temperature of 18 degrees. Each pool has its own unique features and benefits.
The Mineral Hot Springs Pool with concentrate from Japan’s Gero Hot Springs in Takayama Region, which has been recognised as the top 3 onsen in Japan with the nickname ‘Beauty Hot Spring’, cleanses and beautifies the body skin, reduces stress both physically and mentally as well as stimulates the metabolic system'.
So, as I understand it, concentrate (minerals) are added to tap water?

The caption says Chaing Mai. But is it? The image has since disappeared from Instagram
'Chilling ~~ #onsen #unseenthailand #chiangmai #โป่งเดือด'
Onsen enthusiasts need not to worry in Thailand. Besides the many natural hot springs, even Bangkok has an onsen which trucks in mineral water from Ranong (source).

Recent construction has taken place at the saline hot springs of Krabi, see above (source). Yourkrabi
'There is also an interesting salt water hot springs at Huay Nam Khao, in Klong Thom district, though the bathing pools here are shallow and have been artificially created from concrete, so the setting is not as picturesque'.

Chiang Dao, northern Chiang Mai (source)


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