Beitou Public Hot Springs

The public Beitou hot springs in Taiwan, now referred to as Millennium Hot Springs, offer visitors a few hours to soak in terraced outdoor pools surrounded by vibrant gardens for only $1.25 USD.  Renting a locker will cost you another dollar or so, but you’re unlikely to find a cheaper hot spring area anywhere else in the world!

The acidic water from Beitou’s Geothermal Valley (Hell Valley) is transported to the Millennium Hot Springs.   Pools at the top of the structure, under the roof, are full of unbearably hot water.  Here, a man the color of a cooked lobster sweated, but was content to stew in the water for as long as possible.  He only grudgingly got up when when an overseer blew his whistle and gestured for him to exit.

The overseers, whom I called referees in my head, reminded me of lifeguards at public pools.  In addition to preventing visitors from overheating, they directed visitors to scoot over to make room for those that wanted to enter the pool – and they, strangely, ordered that everyone sit fully submerged in the pool.  Standing and kneeling did not seem to be allowed.

Water from the hottest pools spilled over to the lower pools, where I was more comfortable.  I braved the second level terrace for a few minutes before retreating into a cold pool, but I spent most of the time on the first level – in the kiddie pool.  Because the water is passed down from level to level, lots of “particles” (that’s a euphemism) were present on the surface of the water.  I just ignored them, but I was very thankful for the showers as I exited.

Even if you decide to visit fancier hot springs in Taipei, I definitely recommend visiting the Millennium Hot Springs at least once.

17 Comments

  1. Looks a bit too crowded for my liking but then there is always a reason that many people want to check something out right? Not sure how relaxing I would be with an ‘overseer’ telling me when to get out and such but I feel like I would want to check it out anyways.

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      Hi Sara! There are definitely more luxurious private hot springs in Beitou and Yangmingshan, which I also enjoyed, but I still recommend the public hot springs experience. The scenery was my favorite part. The trip remind me of attending a community pool because the overseers were there to help everybody safely enjoy the facilities (much like lifeguards do). 🙂

  2. I had heard of hot springs in Iceland and New Zealand but didn’t really know about any in Taiwan. Cool read, though yeah it does look crowded.

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      I’m a huge hot springs fan now – so I made a point to try them in Taiwan, Japan and England… But I’d love to check them out in Iceland and New Zealand!

  3. Hi Alison! Mica here 😀 I was able to enjoy an indoor hot spring experience when i went to Taipei way back in 2012. My first time to be naked in front of strangers lol 😀 hope to do the outdoor one on my next trip (we went on a winter)

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      Hi Mica! 🙂 I tried the indoor hot springs for the first time in Taiwan, too. It felt so strange to not have clothes on with other people around, but I guess towards the end of each session I got used to it, lol. Let me know if you do try the outdoors ones. 🙂 The fresh air is really nice!

  4. Beitou is known to one of the largest concentrations of hot springs in the world, making it an absolute must-visit 🙂 For a culturally “immersive” experience with a local flavour, the Beitou public hot spring seems a great choice for the budget-minded traveller 🙂

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      Hey Celine, thanks for stopping by! I could use your comment as the meta-description, lol. You’re right, the public hot springs were the perfect choice for a budget traveler. 🙂

  5. Hot springs are so great to relax in! I can’t believe these ones are so cheap – especially since the garden surrounding them looks so beautiful! A couple of dollars very well spent!

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      Absolutely – it’s such a bargain! I think the end of March through mid-May would be the best times to visit and enjoy the garden. 🙂

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      Absolutely, for $1.25 I really couldn’t complain!

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      Haha, I thought it was nice because people of all ages went there to relax! 🙂


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