San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

San Kamphaeng Hot SpringsOne of the things I like most about living in Chiang Mai, Thailand are the numerous mini-adventures that can be had near town. San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, less than 45 minutes away, are a relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Make no mistake, this is not a luxury spa experience, but it is a fun way to while away an afternoon.

Families at San Kamphaeng Hot SpringsI was expecting a place that was undeveloped, primitive maybe (hopefully), but I found a large parking lot filled with cars, concrete sidewalks, and numerous vendors. There were crowds but refreshingly it was mostly families and locals who were entering. Inside there are manmade streams, steaming even in the hot afternoon. It was shady and there were some nice picnic tables and areas where you could put down a blanket and relax.

Kid Jumping in the Water at San Kamphaeng Hot SpringsOn the far end of the park are the springs themselves. They have been for the most part capped and piped but they are still pretty impressive. There is a large trough nearby where you can hard-boil baskets of eggs, which can be purchased at nearby stands, in the 100 degree centigrade, vaguely sulphurious smelling water.

Eggs Boiling at San Kamphaeng Hot SpringsI bought a few baskets of eggs, one chicken, and one quail, and went to eat them while I soaked my feet in the hot waters. “They,” say the waters are curative but I can’t attest to that. It was a fun people watching. It wasn’t a brilliant experience but if you are in need of a mini-adventure not far from town I would say it is worth a visit to San Kamphaeng Hot Springs.

Boiled Eggs at San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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