corner of Thap Ba Hot Springs Center
to Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, can enjoy not only the seaside city’s
breezy beaches and islands. The city is also renowned for
its hot springs and mud baths.
Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, located behind the Po Nagar Cham
Tower, better known as Thap Ba, claims to be the first in
Vietnam to offer hot spring and mud bathing.
mud comes from rocks and volcanic ash and is claimed to be
both effective physical therapy and a cure for complexion
of hot spring baths also say they help cure inflammations
and fix endocrine disorders.
BA HOT SPRING CENTER
25 Ngoc Son Street,
Ngoc Hiep Ward, Nha Trang.
(058) 830 090 – 835 33
used at the center is pumped up from underground into small
pools then mixed with mineral water piped in from the Vinh
Phuong Commune some four kilometers away.
in the mud, visitors are advised to bathe in hot water. The
mineral water can be as hot as 40 degrees Celsius before it
is sprayed onto guests.
guests enter wooden tubs and soak in the mud before taking
a long sun bath that bakes the mud into a crusty shell. The
mud-bather then drops back into the some mineral water for
a much-needed cleansing.
run by Sao Mai 21st Century Ltd., has some 25 hot springs
and a dozen mud baths, each individually named to supposedly
lend them a personalized touch.
also heart-shaped pools for couples, swimming pools for adults
and kids, and special pools for the elderly.
hot spring, mud baths cost from VND180,000 (US$11) for individuals
to VND750,000 ($47) for private groups of six. Public baths
cost VND60,000 ($3.75) for adults and VND30,000 ($1.90) for
in a hot spring alone costs VND50,000 for adults, VND25,000
also has a large swimming pool for adults and another for
children. Entrance fees are VND30,000 and VND10,000 respectively.
who prefer a private bath, try the “V.I.P. Spa,” which consists
of 14 rooms covering 2,000 sq.m. Guests are provided with
a health examination, sauna or steam bath, mud and hot spring
baths, and a full-body massage using essential oils. Prices
are $105 for a single room, $145 for a double and $204 for
a “luxury” room.
mud bathing, visitors can bathe under hot artificial mineral
water falls whose temperatures range around 40 degrees Celsius
director of the Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, said his venue
is frequented by tens of thou-sands of visitors a year, of
whom men generally prefer mud baths while women prefer the
from Ho Chi Minh City often come here after visits to other
tourist attractions in the province, says Quang. Many say
it is an effective way to refresh and relax.
get to the Thap Ba Hot Springs, drive north from the center
of Nha Trang to the Ha Ra Bridge. Cross that, then continue
on to cross the Xom Bong Bridge. After some 300 meters more,
turn left and the hot springs center will lie about two kilometers
ahead. Thanh Nien News 29 0ct 2007