The Most Beautiful Hot Springs In Malaysia
Hot spot for ‘miracle cures’, There are plenty of stories of miracle cures and people striking it rich immediately after visiting a hot spring. Whether to soothe your soul or seek a cure for skin disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, insomnia, respiratory troubles, blood circulation, fractures and other ailments, choose your favourite Hot Spot.
Air Panas Ulu Legong (Ulu Legong Hot Springs), Kedah
Ulu Legong is about 30 km drive to the North-East of Baling. Baling Town lies to the south east of Kedah State. This natural hot water spring has been upgraded its facilities for the convenience of visitors. It is always fascinating to shower one self with the natural hot spring water and wonder how it came to be. Many will attest to some healing properties from the mineral rich water that is attributed to hot springs here and throughout Malaysia. Children will definitely have a good time.
Air Hangat Village, Pulau Langkawi:
This hot springs is towards the north of the island, going towards Tanjung Rhu. It is a 4 acres complex housing a 3-tier hot-spring fountain, 18 meters hand-carved river stone mural depicting the legends of Air Hangat, day-long outdoor entertainment programme featuring Malaysian/ ASEAN cultural dances and traditional sports and games, live displays of Malaysian/ASEAN customs, Malay folk and classical dances are performed at the Park, alongside other traditional Malay art and craft activities like batik-painting and congkat playing. Free admission.
Gadek Hot Springs, Melaka:
This is a natural hot-water well complex with hot water gushing out continuously in a pond like enclosure. They have slight sulphuric content and believed to have some healing properties. Take a shower in the cubicles provided or dip into the spa pool. There is a local restaurant to have your fill after the refreshing shower. Adult /Child, RM2/RM1. Opens 7am to 9pm daily.
From Kuala Lumpur, you can take express buses to Melaka at Puduraya Bus Station. The two and half hour journey will cost you around RM7.90. From the Melaka bus station, take a taxi to the hot spring located 5 minutes from Alor Gajah town.
Pedas Hot Springs, Negeri Sembilan:
Located by the main road to Rembau, the Pedas Wet World has everything you’re looking for in a water theme park, promising a fun for the family. All the facilities and attractions in this park are built to fulfill the needs of visitors of all ages. There are two giant slides that will take you through twists and turns high above before dunking you into a swimming pool at the end of the ride. You can enjoy floating around in the man-made canal on large rubber ‘doughnuts’ . There is also a special pool for children complete with slides and floats for rent. For those who simply want to have a good swim, the main swimming pool is for you. The rolling man-made waves will prove an ideal challenge to your swimming skills. And of course, a visit to the Pedas Wet World Hot Springs would not be complete without a dip in the natural hot spring pools. There are two types of hot spring pools to choose from, so the choice is yours whether to soak along with other visitors in the public hot water pool or take a private soak in one of the many hot spring ‘bathroom’ facility. At about 27°C – 34°C, the naturally hot water contain minerals that is said to have healing properties – it is said to provide relief for arthritis, joint pains, body aches and a variety of skin ailments. So for those with skin irritations do not miss out on the chance to have your own dermal hydrotherapy, particularly the hot spring footbath pool. You’ll never know its benefits until you try.
After all that frolicking in the water, there is a fast food outlet and drop by the souvenir shop to buy a few souvenirs as a memento of Pedas Hot Spring Wet World. Entrance fees are RM5 (adults) and RM3 (children aged between three and 12) from Monday to Friday (1pm – 7pm). On weekends and public holidays (10am – 7pm), RM8 and RM5 respectively. The park is closed every Tuesday. For more information, please contact the Pedas Wet World (Tel: 606-685 8027).
Wet World Hot Spring Pedas is located 15km from Seremban town, along the old trunk road headed to Tampin. Alternatively, if you’re using the North South Expressway, you just need to turn off at the Pedas-Linggi exit and follow the road signs to Pedas and the Wet World Hot Spring there.
Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park (Sungkai), Perak:
Since opening, the Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park has seen a non-stop stream of visitors. The Sungai Klah Hot Springs, set amidst the lush greenery at the foothills of the Titiwangsa Range, is where many come to seek cure for skin disorders, rheumatism, arthritis, insomnia, respiratory troubles, blood circulation, fractures and other ailments. At the shallow hot springs swimming pool, temperature is maintained at 30ºC to 40ºC while that at the smaller streams running parallel to the boardwalk ranges from 100ºC to 102ºC. The facilities on this hot springs park are one of the newest and the best in the country. One can feel the silky sensation on the skin after dipping or swimming in the mineral and sulphur rich shallow swimming pool. Apart from the swimming pool, there are the therapeutic pools, water reflexology course, Jacuzzis, family baths and mountain spring pools with cold water from nearby hills.
There is a food court located here but the food is just average at best. The western food is poor. The local Malay food at one of the stall is the best of the rest.
Entrance fee Adult/Child RM5/RM3. Best time to visit is on a weekday as weekends can get too crowded when at times, busloads of people come. For a dip at the cold mountain springs pool: RM3 (adult), RM2 (child and senior citizen), RM1 (handicapped child) and free entrance to children aged four years old and below. Use of private Jacuzzi: Ordinary Jacuzzi (up to six persons): RM25 per hour ,Superior Jacuzzi (up to eight persons): RM50 per hour. Opening Hours, The park is open all year round from 8am to 10pm. The cold pool is open from 8am to 7pm.
Places to stay
There are new five-star villas at the Hot Springs Park that come with their own private Jacuzzi. The single and double bedroom villas cost RM900 and RM1,200 per night respectively. There is a 30 per cent discount for Government servants. Call 05-4414 493 or fax 05-4388 760.
Trolak Country Resort is 16 km from the park and set within the Felda Pusat Latihan Trolak. You can go boating, rafting and fishing or explore caves and pick fruits in season. Jungle trekking, bird watching and camping activities can be arranged. At the Trolak Country Resort, Suria restaurant serves both local and western fare from 7am to 11pm. The Trolak Country Resort offers rooms at RM100. For details or reservations, call 05-4388 687 or fax: 05-4388 868.
About 1½ hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. Motorists from the north or south traveling on the PLUS Highway will have to exit at the Sungkai toll plaza. From there, it is another 20 mins drive to the Hot Springs Park. There are many signages to assist drivers.
The Trolak Country Resort is less than 30 minutes drive from the park via the old road to Slim River and Tanjung Malim.
Tambun Hot Springs-Perak:
It is located at 8km northeast of Ipoh, beside a lake, at the base of a limestone cliff. These natural thermal springs have various hot pools. There is a charge for taking water. The bath is open daily from 3.00 pm to 12.00 midnight. The facilities include saunas and restrooms Entrance fee is RIM 5.00. Regular buses form Ipoh’s city bus station to Tanjung Rambutan pass the hot springs.
Other hot springs in Perak are at Sungkai, Pengkalan Hulu, Kampung Ulu Slim in Slim River, Kampung Air Panas in Grik and Manong in Kuala Kangsar.
Poring Hot Springs, Sabah:
With the Japanese love of hot spring, this help developed the Poring Hot Springs during their occupation of Sabah during WWII. The complex is part of the Kinabalu National Parks. Steaming, sulphurous water is channeled into pools and tubs, and surrounded by a pretty garden setting. The outdoor tubs are of different sizes and have hot and cold water taps to regulate the temperature. Private spa cabins charge RM15/20 per hour. Part of the Poring complex is the Tropical Garden(adult/child RM3/1.50), a butterfly farm (Adult/child RM4/2) and an Orchid Garden (adult/child RM10/5). You may also encounter rescued orang-utans here. There is the 40m Canopy Walkway (adult/child RM5/2.50) suspended from trees, offering fine views of flora and fauna. There are hiking trails around the springs, with Kipungit Waterfalls a short walk away. In another 15 minutes, you will reach Bat Caves. Another 2 hours away you will reach Langanan Waterfall. This trail is known among bird-watchers for spotting the blue-banded pitta. Poring Hotsprings is a popular place, especially during the weekends and school holidays. It is best to go on weekdays. Admission to Poring Hot Sprints : (Adult/Child RM1/6)