The Thanh Tan Hot Springs is situated 13 kilometers north of the city center of Hue. It provides scenic surroundings of mass of trees and hilly regions, and fresh mountainous air amidst flowing hot mineral water springs.
Built around a natural spring, where the bottled mineral water “Thanh Tan” came from, the waterpark is an ideal place to go to if you want to get away from all the pressures of life and just relax and let go. With a tranquil atmosphere on top of its soothing waters, it is perfect for both body and mind rejuvenations.
The hot spring was actually discovered in 1926 by local and foreign scientists. It was graded as a “very hot spring” with a 66 degree Celsius of water temperature, and was said to be rich in calcium and sulfur, which are believed to have medicinal and curative effects on people. Curiously, the water does not have a strong sulfur smell and you can soak in it for as long as you like.
When you come to visit, you’ll find that the resort also has different sections of hot springs, divided according to their level of heat. Thus, you can try dipping in all sections and choose the ones that have water heat levels you can tolerate. The hottest section, however, is closed for swimming and visitors are not advised to bathe there.
In addition, there are small pools for 2 or 4 people, a wave pool, numerous water slides, a water massage pool and a big swimming pool for those who simply want to swim. The hot spring is most popular during winter time and can get a bit crowded during this season.
When it’s not crowded, some of the pools may be closed for cleaning and maintenance. You can, however, ask a staff member to open the pools or turn on massage jets and it will be opened for you. When there are many visitors, the ambiance can get festive and depending on your preference, you may or may not find the place enjoyable. It is a perfect place to bring the kids, though, crowded or not. So if you’re traveling with your kids, be sure to spare some time and visit the spring. A restaurant is located within the property so you don’t have to worry about your food and drinks.
The Thanh Tan Hot Springs is suited for one whole day’s tour, although it is possible to enjoy the spring in half a day as well.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to the Thanh Tan Hot Springs, leave from Vy Da Ward on the South side of the Huong River or Perfume River. Take the Pham Van Dong Road going North until it veers right after about 3 kilometers. Stay on the road for about 2 kilometers and watch out for a large river. Cross the river and look for a road sign on your left that says Thanh Tan Hot Springs. Take the left and continue on for 8 kilometers until you get to the site.