Thursday, 11 July 2019

Connected

zachifox at Muang La (Laos):
#hotsprings #laos #healthy#fun #nature #healing
Depressing little to report on. Maybe not the right words. But I believe that though there's more and more on our internet, there's less and less of substance.

Anyway, ever heard of World bathing Day (June 22)? 
Apparently in existence since last year, it managed to gain much more coverage this time round.
'The day will draw attention to our connection with the environment and the state of the world’s water in which we all bathe, as well as drawing awareness to the plight of people for whom bathing is not yet an option and rallying actions to create a world where bathing is possible for all. Whether you run a business within the hot springs tourism and bathing industry or just love bathing, there’s many ways for you to get involved'.
The Global Wellness Institute chimes in and released a press relaese (Jun. 13):
'The Global Wellness Institute™ (GWI), a nonprofit research and educational resource for the global wellness industry, today released the top five trends in hot springs as identified by the GWI’s Hot Springs Initiative. The new forecast draws attention to World Bathing Day, a celebration of all the world’s water in which we bathe and a rallying cry to create a world where bathing is possible for all'.
The five:
'Multigenerational Features—and Accessibility—Make Hot Springs a Destination for All
Hot Springs Take Lead in Connecting Community
More Wellness Programming Increases Appeal and Revenues
Hot Springs Maximize Connection to Nature and Environment
Extreme Bathing = Extreme Wellness
Though picked up more than last year, World Bathing Day seems to have bypassed Southeast Asia without a ripple.
mariejo.bo (Indonesia):
Hot springs smelling like rotten eggs 💦 #sulphursprings#sumatra #berastagi #earlymorningdip#hotsprings #summer
The Guardian (Jun. 8) delves into the world of forest bathing.
'“Forest bathing is an opportunity for people to take time out, slow down and connect with nature. We think it could be part of the mix of activities for social prescription,” Stuart Dainton of the Woodland Trust told the Observer. “Evidence about its benefits is building.”
...
Gary Evans, who set up the Forest Bathing Institute in the UK last year, said: “People initially think they’ve been doing this all their lives: going for a walk in the woods. But it might be a brisk walk, or you might be worrying about where the dog has got to.
“A better way to frame forest bathing is mindful time spent under the canopy of trees for health and wellbeing purposes.”
A typical session might last three hours, and begin with an explanation of the history and science of shinrin-yoku. “Then it’s about sensory exercises,” said Evans. “We try to hold people’s attention in the present moment, to give their bodies and minds a chance to slow down. We move very slowly, touching the trees, looking at colours and patterns, and breathing deeply. We end up lying down under trees and looking up through the branches.”
janryroldan at Sibol hot spring, Luzon (Philippines):
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest coutesy in the outward behavior... #hotsprings #sibol#naturelover #nature #natural #enjoylife#enjoyyourlife #aftervote #swim
Better sweat
The Nikkei Asian Review (Apr. 21) looks at Japanese style bathing catching on in the region. Or not?
'Japanese-style hot springs or onsen are bubbling up across East and Southeast Asia as Japanese companies and others tout the wonders of a good soak.
The growing popularity of communal bathing is due in part to the growing number of people who have become familiar with Japan's furo (bath) culture after visiting the country.
According to the Global Wellness Institute, which conducts health-related research, the global hot spring market was worth $56 billion in 2017, up about 10% from 2013. That includes spending on accommodation, food and drink, and the like.
Asia, especially China, is driving growth in the market, which the institute expects to expand by nearly 40% to $77 billion by 2022. The Asia-Pacific region accounts for just over half that total. Competition is heating up among bathhouse operators in the region as local governments look to attract bathers.
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Hotels featuring hot springs or large communal baths are said to have more guests in winter as temperatures drop [Taiwan]. But operators have also emerged in Southeast Asia despite the warm climate.
Siam Wellness Group, a listed Thai company that runs spas in Thailand, Cambodia and elsewhere, opened a hot spring facility with a bedrock bath and a tatami-mat lounge in Bangkok in 2016. In Singapore, a Japanese company opened Yunomori Onsen and Spa in 2016.
"Even in hot countries, people can sweat in a bath and feel better. It is popular, especially among the wealthy," said Tomonori Maruyama, a Japanese spa researcher'.
wansyueann on Taiwan:
最後一張了吶恥度最開一系列 就到這兒結束 呀呼從去年10月開始 就開始一連串的戶外運動這些上山下海沒有輔助沒有自以為練夠了就休息洗澡回家要適應各種天氣要撐到目的地為止於是幾乎每一天身上總有幾處淤青 總有傷 總是肌肉痠痛但我為此感到心滿意足因為又有新的戰績身材又將逼近我所期望所以借我炫耀一下吧 哈哈哈 — 📷 一男友兼攝影師兒 @kanonlong💕#taiwan#taiwantravel#taoyuan#桃園#嘎拉賀#hotsprings#hotspring#water#hotspringsphotography#hotspringsparadise#waterfall#amazing#waterfallphotography#waterfallsfordays#waterfallselfie#girl#nature#nature_photo#naturephotography#naturelovers#naturediversity#awesome#naturelife#naturephotographer#natureloversgallery#beauty#wansdaywanslife
Over to Vietnam. And Japanese style bathing complexes. Vietnamnet.vn (May 14) announces:
'Le Huu Minh, director of Thua Thien-Hue Province Department of Tourism, and Hoang Viet Trung, deputy head of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment attended the Kawara-My An Onsen Resort project signing.
The USD25.7m project started last September. My An Tourism Company worked on construction with management by the Kawara Resort. The signing ceremony was held on May 13'.
So basically nothing has happened? The prospective website isn't clear either.

Following, a lesser developed soaking opportunity from northern Vietnam:
And then Whatsnewindonesia (Mar. 25) has a national natural hot springs Top 10:
'The many volcanic mountain ranges that are scattered throughout Indonesia are a natural source of hot springs. The existence of these springs is then transformed into tourist attractions. Here is the list of places where you can have a relaxing bath in a hot spring surrounded by lush nature'.
asrikarang at Angseri (Bali):
"Orang yg tahu cara besyukur adalah orang yg bisa menikmati keindahan dunia dan tau arti dari kebahagiaan hidup". Keindahan dunia satu ini terletak di Desa Angseri, Tabanan yg disebut Wisata Air Panas Angseri.Wisata ini memiliki keunikan tersendiri dari pemandian air panas alami di Bali yang lain. Keunikan dari kolam air panas Angseri, terlihat sangat jelas pada desain kebun yang tertata rapi dengan tanaman pohon kelapa, pohon pakis dan tatanan rumput hijau. Pemandangan areal sawah juga terlihat dari kolam air panas Angseri. ❤Kamu bisa relax seperti aku ini sambil nikmati air terjun yg telah disediakan, tapi kalau kamu mau privasi terjaga dan ga banyak orang kamu bisa berendam di dalam bilik yg muat utk 3-5 orang. Belum ada acara kemana kali ini? Langsung aja angetin badan sambil melepas kepenatan 1 minggu yg telah berakhir kemarin 😍 Enjoy ur life guys 📷AS #indonesia #bali #indonesiaparadise#sinijalan2 #maimelali #travellingBali#balibagus #jalankebali #melalikebali#Tourbali #baliholiday #ayodolanan#explorebali #balitrip #infotabanan#airpanas #wisataairpanas #melali#weekend #trip #couple'strip #couple#travel #travelling #world #dreamer#dream #45 #AS #balitravel#ilovetravelling

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Unforgettable

#vietnam #summerinwinter#mountains #bikelife#travellingthroughtheworld #happiness💕 #relaxation #waterfalls💦#hotsprings #unforgetabblemoments🐈🍅🐾🐾🐾🌴🍋🌊🥭🌶
Not much to focus on, this time round. So what follows is here and there some text and quite a few photo's. To enjoy.
The lead photo, from the less developed hot spring, near Yangbay waterfall, central Vietnam.

Some general developments to report on. 
A special site for buying hot spring properties: Hot Springs for Sale. With US listings and a couple from Costa Rica. Cheapest offer (US$500k): 
Approximately 5 acres located close to the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort with hot springs pools, spa, restaurant, bar and pavilion for public use. Over 400 feet of frontage on year round Chalk Creek in the Colorado mountains. Hot water well has been drilled.
Not for sale (as far as I know), just one of Pangururan's many hot spring resorts, north Sumatra, Indonesia: 

krymtrava
@krymtrava
#🇮🇩
Посетили сегодня, горячие серные источники, Анечка в восторге.
Вода очень горячая, но не сварились.
Купались, естественно годышом.
Хэштэг хороший подобрал к этому видео - #горячиетуры
А ещё там же можно попробовать самый фантастический гамбургер, который можно встретить по свету, если будете, то обязательно закажите именно его в кафе при источнике!
Видео про горячие источники на Северной Суматре можно будет увидет на нашем канале - Youtube.com/krymtrava
Создал группу www.vk.com/laketoba с подробными ответами на любые вопросы касающиеся поездки на озеро Тоба, например, как добраться и нереально фантастически дешевые цены на всё. #счастье#горячийисточник#жизнь#сандуны#озеротоба#сочи#крым#севастополь
#симферополь#святойисточник#ялта#москва#питер#новосибирск#вода#туризм
#путешествие#отпуск#голышом#авто#деревня#источник#купание#горячо
#некоторыелюбятпогорячее#hotspring#ОсновыДауншифтинга
#КрымТрава
Moving on. 
Coco.icotto mentions on instagram (Feb. 24) that another Japanese business closing: Yu Nishikawa Onsen. Translated:
'seems that there is also it. Reduces the local user, those who manage also becoming advanced age, it seems can not be maintained 😭 addition to that, customers of manners It seems bad 👎 from the outside
because you get the hot water, if there is a feeling of gratitude, such It may not be a thing'.
The original posting:

また一つ…葬られてしまう名湯がココに💧
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Also, one traditional very good public onsen will go out of business💧
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いつかは行きたいと思っていた “湯西川共同浴場 薬師の湯”
最初で最後になるとは思いませんでした(╯︵╰,)サミシイ💦
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みなさんのインスタで見て、行きたかった☝️この堂々とした石組みの共同浴場は、想像より大きくとっても立派な湯殿でした。こうして3人で入ってもかなりな余裕でしたよ〜✨
これが最後になるなんて💦
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私の共同浴場のイメージとは全く違い、川沿いの開放感ある浴場でした。窓を開けてみたら、、、お隣の伴久さんの氷瀑が見えました✨
あ〜ぁ〜〜〜
どうか、なくならないで〜❣️
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☆☆☆☆☆
追記.......3/4
こちらの共同浴場、3月いっぱいで一度閉まるそうです。4月に地元の方々で存続の可否を検討されるそうです。
感謝の気持ちを持って入らせて頂きます。是非存続させていただきたいです。
☆☆☆☆☆
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#温泉巡り #湯西川温泉 #混浴温泉 #共同浴場 #おんせんきょ #onsen#hotspring #konyoku #mixedbathing#japanonsen #traveljapan2019#japantravel
Peace
A recent phenomena? Soaking au naturel on Taiwan? Some photo's of proof:

Dec.13.2018
峽谷裡藏了一湯熱水,與一位城市來的客官
#travel#outdoor#river#life#adventuretravel#explore#vscocam#wood#creek
#photographer#photo#thediscoverer#taiwan#world#peaceofmind#hotsprings
#写真


黑熊之湯大分溫泉
#溫泉
#野溪溫泉
#hotspring
#hiking

wansyueann
能夠在野溪裸泡 真的是人生夢寐以求啊 是吧是吧
這是要天時地利人和的啊啊
吃完火鍋 吃飽喝足後
我和建朗就決定到對面泡溫泉
眼看四下無人 兩人就光著屁屁
涉過非常非常冰的溪水
連手帶腳的爬過滿覆青苔的岩壁
結果還是一個腳滑
嚕到屁股 差點痛到噴淚
不過太冷了 還是馬上爬向溫泉
試一下水溫 然後 噗通跳進去
啊~~ 真的是 開薰😄😄😄😄😄😍

回到文明世界要開始趕po文進度了

📷 一定還是男友兼攝影師限定的

#taiwan#taiwantravel#taoyuan#桃園#嘎拉賀#hotsprings#hotspring#water
#hotspringsphotography#hotspringsparadise#waterfall#amazing
#waterfallphotography#waterfallsfordays#waterfallselfie#girl#nature
#nature_photo#naturephotography#naturelovers#naturediversity#awesome
#naturelife#naturephotographer#natureloversgallery#beauty#wansdaywanslife
traveljunker
#Hotsprings#naked#nature#men#women the #freedom of #taiwan#mytrips
Disposable
A visit to Yunomori onsen. A Japanese like experience of hot springs, but not natural. As experienced by Singaporeans (Sengkangbabies). And we are in Singapore:
'Everything about Yunomori Onsen and Spa was a novelty for my family:

-Being stark naked with 30 others

-For females, disposable panties and bra are available-Kids felt weird sitting on stool and scrubbing ourselves clean? But I like the repeated process of scrub rinse and scrub again

-Dipping from pool to pool, different water and temperature (always start from the least hot)

-Told them beforehand that we should not spend more than 15 minutes in pool, let the body cool down before soaking in another pool-First timers can read up about Onsen etiquette on Yunomori website
I was just curious whether there is a difference to the Onsen experience between tropical Singapore and cool Japan'.
Stark naked, but only (as far as we know). Noted as Blidit hot spring on Flores, Indonesia: 

Another naked photo #sorryguys#nature #naturebath #hotsprings#coldsprings#airpanasblidit#thatsthebintang
Powerless
Heading in to the focused region. Starting off with Thailand.

He said, “don’t you feel lonely living in your own little world?”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
She whispered, “Don’t you feel powerless living in someone else’s world?”

 #adventure #thailand#pai #wanderlust #travelling #travel#instatravel #instadaliy #instagood#positive #goodvibes #relax #journey#instagood #hotsprings #nature #pretty#poser
Jonnymelon (Jan. 12) on what to expect at Sai Ngam hot spring, Pai, Mae Hong Son province in the north of Thailand:
'The Sai Ngam Hot Spring is a 3-tiered cascading natural hot pool, the top one being the hottest at 34-degrees Celsius. I could have spent hours floating around in this crystal clear hot spring. The water temperature was just perfect! If you have an underwater camera, you’re going to want to put it to use. I don’t think I have ever seen a freshwater spring as transparent as the Sai Ngam Hot Spring.
There is a timber seating area off to the side of the springs to hang out and change rooms/toilets are located at the gate entrance. Also, if you want to buy some snacks and drinks there are some small stall vendors that line the street near the carpark'.
Switch
Over to Indonesia
Whatsnewindonesia (Mar. 25) has 10 natural hot springs in Indonesia in the offering. Very much a best of.

We found hot spring perfection in the jungle. #hotsprings#sumatra #holibags #worldnomads
Indonesia Tripcanvas (Mar. 17) takes a bolder step: 11 hot springs around Bandung. Nice resorts no doubt, but little nature. 
On Bali the same source (Mar. 15) counts to 5, much more natural here. Such as Belulang:

I wanna switch off from reality 😌 #belulanghotspring
The Jakarta Post (Mar. 17) also goes to Munduk, Bali. Seven things to do. One feature:

'Soak in Banjar hot springs
After hiking or taking a motorbike ride, it’ll feel great to soak your muscles in a natural hot spring. Banjar Hot Springs, locally known as Air Panas Banjar, is closer to Bali’s north coast, but still an easy day trip from Munduk. The water in the springs has a high sulfur content, which is said to be therapeutic.
You can take a dip in any or all of the three separate pools, which have different depths and temperatures. A tap sits high above one of the pools with its water pouring down to give visitors a natural massage. You can also get a Balinese massage on-site before or after your soak. Not too many tourists make it to these hot springs, but it’s a very popular spot with locals, so try to get there early and beat the crowds'.
Reborn
More islands, the Philippines.
Journeyera visits Mainit hot springs on Cebu (Jan. 11):
'We arrived at the Mainit Hot Springs and there were about 20 locals hanging out in the different pools. The pools are different temperatures and signposted with the temperature. I asked one of the locals how it is so specific and he said it is always the same with a tiny fluctuation. One hot spring was 42 degrees, which was incredibly hot. So hot in fact that we had trouble getting in unless we lowered our bodies very slowly into the water'.

Less populated (?), following Baslay hot spring, on Negros:

🍃On my way to India today 🍃
#travel#travelphotographs#wanderlust#asia#hotspring#philippines#jungle
#backpacker#beherenow
Spot.ph (Jan. 12) has 10 things to do on Camiguin:
'Soak in the serene Ardent hot spring
Camiguin, also known as the “Island Born of Fire,” has seven volcanoes and several volcanic domes within the pearl-shaped island—which was also formed through volcanic eruptions. With this topography, it is no wonder that it has a number of hot-spring resorts, including Ardent Hot Spring. Water temperature reaches up to 40 degrees Celsius, which makes it an ideal spot for relaxation after a long tour of the island. Mist rises from the heated water that run down the vents from the active Mt. Hibok-Hibok'.
Taraletsanywhere (Mar. 18) has 9 of Laguna's best hot springs.

A last photo, from northern Vietnam, Ngoc Chien:


 

Monday, 31 December 2018

Floating


pariwisata_sumut from northern Sumatra's Berastagi:
Pemandian Air Panas Sidebu-debu, di kejauhan terlihat Gunung Sibayak. Sudah pernah kemari?oto: @iceteaworld | #pariwisatasumutnet
I'm trying to find a common theme for this issue of soaking news from the Southeastern Asia region. I can't.

Even more surprising, is that most info concerns non-regional issues.
ThinkGeoenergy reports (Oct. 21) from China:
'Last week, China’s First International Seminar on Hot Springs and Climate Health Tourism was held in BeiBei, Chongqing. Hot springs and climate experts, scholars and related entrepreneurs came from various countries such as China, Italy, Russia, and Japan (in total approximately 350 attendees) came together to discuss the topic of hot springs and climate health and how to transform Chongqing into a hot springs travel destination.
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Throughout the seminar, Chongqing signed a number of hot springs and climate health tourism projects. These projects cover areas such as hot springs, leisure reports, and industrial research and utilization'.
Here's the website of the seminar.

On Sunday, people in Yichun, Jiangxi province in China, took part in a chili-eating competition in a hot spa filled with chilis. A woman named Yi Huan won the contest by eating 20 chilis in a minute, earning the title of “Chili Queen.” 🌶👑🔥 (📷: Getty)-#chili #chilis #chilli #pepper #peppers #spicy#spice #hot #food #foodie #instafood#foodlover #foodstagram #eat #eating#hotspa #spa #hotspring #hotsprings#competition #woman #women #yichun#jiangxi #china #chinese #辣椒 #溫泉 #宜春 #江西
Chongqing is also where you can experience the above. South China Morning Post (Oct. 19) comes with more info:
'Chongqing has unveiled a new hot spring bathing area that looks like a bubbling hotpot. The novelty bathing spot in the city’s Shapingba district even has bright red water coloured with Chinese medicinal herbs, floating plastic “vegetables” and giant chopsticks for bathers to snap selfies with.
The pool opened last Friday and is shaped like a traditional metal hotpot container divided into four sections filled with hot “broth”, according to a Pear Video clip posted on the weekend'.
Diving
Vogue (Nov. 26) goes to the spa. And notes some international etiquette: European sauna's, banya's, onsens, hammams and Anglo Saxon massage.
A great find, the US based Soakpodcast:
'The Soak is a podcast about how we [Alana and Aimee] get clean. It is equal parts anthropological investigation, travelogue, and excuse for us to experience other cultures through one of humanity’s most mundane rituals: the bath'.
Five episodes as far, forest bathing, seaweed baths, bathing and arts, Korean spa's and US public pools.

v.gurujiii at Ardent (Camiguin, Philippines)
post-hike chill @ the hot springs 🔥 fired up by the volcano itself 🌋 #feelcamiguin #ringoffire
Looking a bit a wider issues in the wider region.

South China Morning Post (Oct. 21) reports on tourists behaving badly in Kyoto, Japan:
'A recent report in The Sydney Morning Herald added dive-bombing into onsen, ...'
While on Japan, there's also the non-soaking experience (Sunstar Cebu, Nov. 21):
'And our guide, Amy, in between regaling our group with stories on creative bento boxes and Japan’s high-tech toilets, which play music to muffle the sound of one’s labors inside the cubicle, dangled nightly the prospect of respite from the freezing cold with the onsen, the traditional Japanese hot spring bath.
The only catch was: “You have to go in naked—with other people,” she said.
The onsen was out of reach. For as tantalizing as the idea of thawing was, baring our flesh in public went against everything we had learned in Catholic school, though the bigger reason we gave the onsen a wide berth was the fear of running into anyone we might know there'.
Hätte nicht gedacht, dass heiße Quellen so fies stinken 😅 und trotzdem war es unglaublich schön dort 😊
Haben eine Quelle gefunden welche nicht auf den Karten für Touris eingezeichnet ist, so waren wir dann allein dort und hatten den Pool für uns. Bei 31 Grad quasi in eine heiße Badewanne zu steigen ist einfach verrückt 😂
Direkt an der Quelle ist das Wasser sogar verdammt heiß, man kann nur kurz einen Finger rein halten 😅
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#freethenipple #backpackingsoutheastasia #paithailand #hotsprings #heißequellen
Further afield, a guide to Idaho's best clothing optional hot springs, slightly dated (Apr. 22, 2015):
'There are 130 to choose from, and below you’ll find 5 of the best, where au naturel is the soaking style of choice.
Important note: Please remember to keep your footprint light — stay on trails and pack out everything you bring to the hot springs. Working together helps us keep these special places clean and safe for years to come'.
Inspired
More mundane.

The NZ Herald reports (Oct. 25) on one of the nation's better known hot spring thermal parks being closed down:
'Landowners have cancelled the lease and changed the locks on the doors at Waiwera Thermal Resort after a history of default payments.
The cancellation notice was issued by landowners Waiwera Properties Limited (WPL).
The land has been used as the site for the Waiwera Thermal Resort and Waiwera Thermal Bottling plant, both of which fall under the Waiwera Group owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Khimich.
Khimich's company purchased the leasehold interest in the property in 2010'.
While in NZ, there's also this hot news. Peninsula Springs of Australia are investing overseas as the Maruia Springs sees new owners (Stuff.co.nz, Oct. 12):
'In the 1990s the business was bought by Japanese owners who turned it into a Japanese-style onsen or hot spring resort.
"They were running it as a hotel with bathing; we want to run it as bathing with a hotel."
The 4ha site was on the market for some time before the new consortium of owners got clearance to buy it from the Overseas Investment Commission in late 2015'.
Jakarta Post (Sep. 20) as yet another article on onsen bathing in Indonesia:
'Visiting an onsen (Japanese hot spring) is a must while in Japan. The traditional bath is believed to have many health benefits as it uses hot spring water.
Those who want to experience the unique tradition can do so at Genki Onsen in Batu, East Java.
...
In regard to hygiene, Adista explained that Genki Onsen changed the water every day.
However, unlike traditional Japanese onsen, where guests are required to bathe naked, Genki Onsen provides disposable undergarments and camisoles or boxers'.
keichabon at Please-keep-this-place-a-secret (Japan). Bit strange to post this then ...
秘湯・野湯巡り♨️ 知る人ぞ知る感MAX、妙高高原の山中某所にある名も無き秘湯♨️白濁の硫黄泉が岩盤から溢れ出てそのまま沢に流れ込んでいくポイントに土嚢や岩で湯船を作ったワイルド野湯💨 普段は放流状態で入る時に栓をして湯を溜め、帰りには栓を抜き放流するという入湯ルール。いつでも無料で浸かり放題だけど、場所は公開出来ないので悪しからず💦
撮影地:新潟県妙高市






#露天風呂 #温泉 #温泉好き #野湯 #温泉巡り#nature #お写ん歩 #日本 #hotsprings #野天風呂 #visitjapanjp #♨️ #おんせんきょ#instagramjapan #入浴 #instagram #japan#onsen #混浴 #温泉巡り #enjoylife #tohoku #新潟 #妙高 #温泉好きな人と繋がりたい 好きな人と繋がりたい #秘湯 #温泉行きたい#openairbath #outdoorbath #wild
Bitter
Over to the region.
  • Malaysia
Laceybunny (Sep. 8) has a list of 15 Malaysian hot springs:

'We’ve compiled a list of 15 hot spring spots in Malaysia, so the next time you’re looking for a relaxing weekend activity, just refer to our list for whichever is nearest to you!'
Freemalaysiatoday (Nov. 30) has a feature on Sungai Serai soaking springs:

'Some of Malaysia’s hot springs have been turned into health spas such as the luxurious Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat in Ipoh.
Sungai Serai on the other hand, has been left more or less in its natural state and looks like a large puddle with a few plastic chairs placed in it.
...
The owners of the land on which the spring is located have started charging admission of RM1 per person and another RM1 for parking.
They are using the proceeds to make various “improvements” such as the breeze-block toilet cubicle which unfortunately has been built rather too close to the pond.
Hopefully they won’t encase the whole hot spring in concrete which has happened in so many others in Malaysia'.
 
bunnyrabbids at Kuala Kubu Bharu:
Malaysian style hotspring. Nice to relax and chill. #hotspring #onsen
Yearofthedurian takes a look (Dec. 22) at Mererap hot spring, over on Sarawak (Malaysia):
'The hot spring has always been there, and has always been called Merarap as far as Alfred [Alfred Padan, the regional manager of the Samling Timber Company] knows. The hot water bubbles naturally out of the ground into a series of small pools on land that traditionally belonged to his family and the Lun Bawang Tribe.
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In January 2004, 10 years after the durian farm was planted, Alfred decided to build the Merarap Hotspring Lodge. It’s even more remote than the durian farm and is one of the only places to overnight if you decide to drive to Ba’kelalan or the Indonesian highlands.
Visiting the hot spring is also the only way you can get access to the durians, since Alfred and family don’t sell the old-tree, organic, bitter durians to anyone but friends, family, and guests of the Merarap Hot Spring. You can choose to stay overnight in the lodge, but our group chose the day trip package, which may or may not have been the best choice'.
  • Thailand
Hot springs and waterfalls in Chiang Rai province by Adventureswechase (6 Sep.).

Mychiangmaitravel has an overview (Nov. 6) of Pai's (Mae Hong Son) hot springs. Very informative.

lady_lookkaew at Rock Valley Hot Spring and Fish Spa (Khanchanaburi):
#relax 👫 #แต่งรูปวนไป
#picoftheday #saturdayvibes #traveling#thailand #lifeisgood #เที่ยวเมืองไทยไม่ไปไม่รู้#mybetterhalf #husbandandwife #slowlife#เพ้อเก่ง #hotspring
The ever excellent Travelfish (Oct. 16) has updated their Klongthom / Emerald pool (Krabi) chapter:
'We shared the pool with perhaps 200 others, which felt crowded but not to the point that we weren’t able to swim around without colliding into people. Expect the pool to be busier during high season, especially on weekends when locals join the many foreign visitors. Arriving early in the morning or after 15:00 would give you a chance of averting the crowds. While the pool is refreshing and the landscape striking, we wouldn’t say that it ranks among the best mainland attractions in Krabi province, especially when considering the crowds'.
Onsen / spas in Bangkok? Tripcanvas (Nov. 26) has the answers:
'Onsens may cost you a bomb elsewhere, but you’ll be surprised at what you can get in Bangkok!
Stay with us as we journey to find the most value-for-money and affordably luxurious onsens and spas in this bustling city!
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Kashikiri Soda Onsen
Here, private onsens are provided, so there’s no need to worry about any awkwardness soaking naked in a hot tub with strangers. But if you would like to enjoy a romantic moment with your loved one, you can opt for a couple onsen or a tub for two!

yuii_kultha at Kashikiri:
 เวลาเรายืนมองเขาอยู่ในมุมของเรา บางทีก็รู้สึกนะว่า “เออดีแล้ว .. ที่เขาอยู่ตรงนั้น เราก็ดีแล้วที่เราอยู่ตรงนี้” ☀️🌆🎋🎋🎋🛀🏻💦😊 #นั่งโง่ๆอยู่ในอ่าง
Swayed
  • Vietnam
Blisssaigon (Dec. 1) has 6 hot springs to choose from when on a road trip in Vietnam. A good read.

Viet Nam News reports (Nov. 2) on Tram Tau district (Yen Bai) hot springs:
'What could be more pleasing to travellers in the northern province of Yên Bái after conquering Tà Chì Nhù Mountain? Soaking in hot mineral springs with a picturesque landscape laid out in front of them.
Located around 2km from Trạm Tấu District, the springs in Hát Lừu Commune lie under a small valley, surrounded by terraced fields and hills of pine forests that sway with the gentle breeze. Travellers can also choose to stay overnight at a homestay next to the spring to enjoy a night in the mountains'.
Mặt hí hửng, tắm tiên Ngọc Chiến - bản Lướt - Mường La - Sơn La, Hí hí.#famtrip #ngọcchiến #sonla #mocchau#nudebath
  • Indonesia

Tripcanvas (Nov. 21) has 11 soaking choices in and around Bandung, all not very natural. 
It (Nov. 16) also has 5 hot springs on Bali:
'Where better to soak your tired bones and indulge in one of Earth’s natural remedies, after a long day of hiking, or as a holiday reward for months of hard work?
We bring you a selection of Bali’s best hot springs, in both luxury-chic and back-to-basics rural settings that will delight you more than a hotel spa ever could'.
UDAH PERNAH
#karo#berastagi#airpanas#karokaro#surbakti#karonese
Not all good news from Semangat (lead photo above this entry). Jakarta Post reports (Dec. 2) on a landslide at Semangat that killed 7 tourists.:
'... the 16 students were spending the night at the Daun Paris Raja Berneh hot springs resort when part of a cliff in the area collapsed at about 6 a.m. local time following heavy downpour in the region the night before'.
  • Philippines
insights looloo (Nov. 20) has 5 Filipino soaks for the cooler months: Ardent, Asin, Puning Maquinit and Manleluang.

stephen092 at Batasan, Cotabato, Mindanao:
OHANA 💓💓
Then finally, did anyone miss the regional top 10 of Southeasian soaks? 
Sorry, I seem to have insufficient time for this. You'll have to make do with the above.
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