Fancy some hotsprings while visiting Taipei? there are a number of options, the most obvious ones being aboriginal Wulai to the south and Beitou up in the north. As for Beitou, just an MTR ride away there’s a really big selection of hotsprings in all sorts and forms, public or private, indoors or outdoors, low budget or 5 stars, family, single or couples, depending on what you’re into – you’ll probably find it there.
You’ll hit the hotsprings area as soon as you exit from the Xin Beitou MRT station. The Qinshui Park area, Beitou’d Hotsprings park includes running public hotsprings next to several attractions, many related to the hotsprings theme.
You can start off the hotsprings experience by taking off your shoes and soaking them in the water together with the local Taiwanese.
The area includes some old Japanese colonial buildings …
A library and several museums…
As well as the nearby Ghost Lake (Thermal Valley).
But I’m guessing that you’re there mainly for the hotsprings. In the time that I’ve lived in Taiwan, I’ve actually been to Beitou several times, each time trying out a different hotsprings place. The most recent visit to Taipei included going to the hotsprings in this hotel …
This hotel offered both gender separated (naked) hotsprings, which my experience shows will get you stared at if you’re a foreigner, or your own little comfy room. Compared with some of the other hotels in the area, this specific hotel offered the private hotsprings for really cheap, something like 300NT$ an hour.
Even if you’re not into hotsprings, it’s quite an interesting adventure. If you head over there off-season or during weekdays, you’ll probably be able to find something much nicer than this.
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