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Krabi’s salt spring a natural wonder of the world

By The Nation

 

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Hundreds of tourists are flocking to a salt spring in the Khlong Thom district of Krabi to enjoy its warmth amid the cool atmosphere. Some 300-500 people every day visit the Khlong Thom salt spring, a famous tourist attraction Krabi province, one of only two in the world.

 

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Some people come to get rid of fatigue, while some with more serious problems like paralysis undergo physical therapy by submerged in the water for several days. The exercise reportedly helps the nerves to relax.

 

The salt spring in Khlong Thom is a natural phenomenon caused by the combination of hot water and seawater being pushed to the soil surface. There are only two such places in the world: in the Khlong Thom district of Krabi province and another in the Czech Republic.

 

More than 1,000 tourists come every day during long holidays or festivals. Originally, the salt pond of this spring was located amid a forest. Villagers in the area came to soak in the hot water for treatment.

 

About five years ago, the district administration improved the area to make it more convenient for people and began collecting a fee for the development of the district area.

 

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There is a spring pond called Boa Mae [Mother pond], a source of hot springs, with temperature at around 47 degrees Celsius. However, visitors are not allowed to dip themselves in the water. They are only allowed to take the water with a ladle or cup.

 

Villagers believe that the salt infusion spring helps treat skin diseases, cures knee pain, joint pain and even paralysis. Regular soaking slowly tackles the symptoms. Villagers believe the mother pond is a sacred well for drinking and bathing and helps recover from disease.

 

In the past, those who recovered from a disease used to come to offer their respects by tying a seven-coloured cloth on the tree or released a number of local chickens to keep a promise.

 

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Before entering the salt spring, one must wash one’s body at a shower available around the pond. The soaking time should not be more than 5-10 minutes, and those with chronic illnesses like blood pressure should consult a doctor.

 

After soaking, shower again in freshwater. The spring opens from 5am to 8pm every day. Thai people are charged Bt20 for adults and Bt10 for children while foreigners pay Bt100.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30379723

 

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For foreigners the rate is between 10-20 bahts a minute, I know much more relaxing pastimes for a lot less cost  :drunk:

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2 hours ago, jabis said:

For foreigners the rate is between 10-20 bahts a minute, I know much more relaxing pastimes for a lot less cost  :drunk:

Do foreigners pay more than Thai?

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Thai people are charged Bt20 for adults and Bt10 for children while foreigners pay Bt100.

As noted above, foreigner price is a 500% premium.

20 baht for Thai

100 baht for foreigners.

That's a real baht bath !

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20 minutes ago, BMW Overlander said:

Been there. So many people, you can't even enjoy. Looks like gypsy colony.

How many shower before entering the spring water. Bit like the same with swimming pools, never see a Thai wash before swimming only afterwards.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

undergo physical therapy by submerged in the water for several days

The must come out looking like giant prunes.

regards Worgeordie

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54 minutes ago, legend49 said:

How many shower before entering the spring water. Bit like the same with swimming pools, never see a Thai wash before swimming only afterwards.

Looks like the guy in the top pic is relieving himself. 

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"The salt spring in Khlong Thom is a natural phenomenon caused by the combination of hot water and seawater being pushed to the soil surface. There are only two such places in the world: in the Khlong Thom district of Krabi province and another in the Czech Republic."

 

Absolutely remarkable considering the Czech Republic is an entirely landlocked country.

Anyway, Google is your friend, there are more than two salt water hot springs in the world but I guess The Nation prefers hyperbole to facts.

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1 hour ago, edwinchester said:

"The salt spring in Khlong Thom is a natural phenomenon caused by the combination of hot water and seawater being pushed to the soil surface. There are only two such places in the world: in the Khlong Thom district of Krabi province and another in the Czech Republic."

 

Absolutely remarkable considering the Czech Republic is an entirely landlocked country.

Anyway, Google is your friend, there are more than two salt water hot springs in the world but I guess The Nation prefers hyperbole to facts.

You make a very valid point regarding the Czech Republic, however and just as fascinating is the fact there is a very large attraction in Romania that also offers a salt spring, i have soaked in it and would confirm it is a monstrous place resembling a desert watering hole and smells the same.

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7 hours ago, Penicillin said:

Looks like the guy in the top pic is relieving himself. 

Look at the gal in pic #3.....

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12 hours ago, webfact said:

Hundreds of tourists are flocking to a salt spring

Yes it looks crowded.

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That place in the OP is an absolute dump. I think people only go because they think it's the other REAL hot spring in Krabi.... which is way further along the road from the main Krabi town. So you see "hot springs" signs to that place before the place in the pics below...

 

It's a multi-level hot waterfall that flows into a chilly rivers, so you can go hot/cold - plus a sh allower, much wider hot mineral pool....

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Well the double pricing as usual, as much as I have to pay 200B instead of 100B for Thai parents to visit a small dinosaur place that you walk trough in 15 minutes. 

Have to say, I like those hot springs so will certainly visit this one some day in low season.

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