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“Better bet then Beitou”

Hot spring Street Xingyi Road
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Private Custom Tour: Taipei in a Day
Ranked #65 of 560 things to do in Taipei
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
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“Better bet then Beitou”
Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

A short bus ride from ShiPai station. Ask the station control for which bus stop where you can board 508, 535, 536. Alight at XinYi 3 and look for XinYi Street 303 and you will be at the top of the hotsprings street.

My 72 mother and I went to 汤濑 upon the recommendation of my Taiwanese friend who goes there for the Japanese food.
For a minimal spending of NT450 at the Japanese restaurant, guests get to soak at the hotsprings for only NT50 and without a time limit.

If you are there for hot springs only, charges are NT250 for a 40min soak.

Needless to say, we opted for the meal and a soak after.

Guests have the option of a private room or a public onsen. Public onsen is strictly in the nude.
Mum and I picked the public onsen.

We both had the 8course set lunch at NT690. Value for money. But the food really was nothing to shut about. The beef was over cooked.
I suppose if we were to order ala carte items it might be a little different.

The onsen was a choice of a hot pool (45degree Celsius), a cold pool, a spa area where piped water rains on you back to create massage like effect and a steam room. Shower facilities are also open concept. Locker facilities are provided. Small and big towels can be purchased.

The hot pool was a little to hot to be enjoyable.
Facilities were very run down and not very well maintained.
But hey, for NT50, my expectations are pretty low.

Highly recommended for aching muscles and back from too much walking. Do be careful if you have existing high blood pressure issue.

In all this is a better choice then beitou because the charges include food and beverages plus the onsen soak. At beitou we paid NT800 per pax for just the hotsprings alone.

Will definitely come back to XinYi street to explore the other onsens.

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Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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“Nice spa like experience”
Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

We went to the Golden Spring Hotel to have their private hot springs. Got a small room with no bed and no toilet. NTD1080 for 90 minutes.

The room was small.. somewhat toilet size with a window which you can open to let the cool air in during this winter time I was here. There's a dry area to change up and table to rest. A square tub for the hot spring water. A cold water section and a shower section. Come equipped with soap and shampoo and towels.

90 minutes was just nice. Now I know why the ones with a bed comes with 2 hours. You feel like sleeping after a nice 40°C-60°C soak...

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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“Take Your Pick of Hot Springs”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

The river that flows along this beautiful street can get steamy at times.

If you're in a public mood, why not try the public springs? It's cheap. It's communal. It's full of sights.

Otherwise, there is a plethora of hot spring hotels that flank the street. They range from cheap, and affordable, to crazy expensive. Don't worry, no one will try to trick you into staying at a 15000 nt hotel. They show their prices when you enter, or ask.

If you're in a park and people watch mood, there is a nice park in the middle of this street, complete with fountains, monuments, and a museum.

Bring a friend, bring a date, or bring the family. Hot Spring Street is a novel way to spend an afternoon.

Visited August 2012
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San Jose, California
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“Food and drink and stink”
Reviewed 29 January 2013

There are a couple dozen fantastic beer houses (restaurants) along this road, the food is uniformly superb at all of them. Best experienced in summer as a cool breeze at the end a hot day. Many places have facilities for a private hot springs soaking. I actually like the pungent foul-smelling rotten egg odor coming from the dormant volcano this area sits on, because I am now conditioned to associate it with the good food and giant mugs of beer you get, although I wonder if Taipei will survive if the volcano ever erupts.

Visited February 2012
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“24 / 7 open, soak in healing waters whenever you wish”
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Living now 3 years in Taipei, i go to one of the two most popular ones in the lowest part of this area (bigger is the Huang-Tse; smaller the Chwan-Tan, but this one with excellent massage) at least once a month, desirable would be weekly. Men and women have separate areas.
Easy public transport access till over 10 p.m., useful for way there in summer nights (better to avoid daytime stay in the hot season of the year). Quite packed on winter weekend and holiday afternoons, sometimes people queue. Usually very few non-Asian foreigners, but locals give you - with the famous Taiwanese friendliness - all the advice you may need.
Good to stay 2 - 3 hrs, take enough water or tea with you - and a towel. Eating in the associated restaurants next door awards you with free coupon for hot springs (to be used within 2 weeks or so). Reception offers also free taxi call, never waited over 10 min. Free shuttles to the car parkings, the walk is maybe 5 min. (parkings are in the valley a bit upstream).
Coming by metro, exit at Shipai and take bus 508, 535 to Shingyi Rd. 3rd stop. Bus goes up the hills, from bus stop walk downhill into the bottom of river valley. All signposting in Chinese, with exception on signs on the main road.
The sources are 1 - 2 km upstream, it is a nice hike from a later bus stop. Another hiking trail is accessible next to the parkings. Water in the springs has differing properties and medicinal effects, but the odor is strong for oversensitive individuals.
Although locals go mostly in the colder half of the year, i recommend summer cool evenings or nights, as a welcome escape from the city's humid heat. It is a surprisingly distinct difference.

Visited August 2012
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