The hidden hot springs in Sarawak
Not only can hot springs eliminate bacteria, it can also improve your skin and relief stress. Therefore, no matter summer or winter, relaxing in hot springs in Sarawak is a must-do.
Do you know? Sarawak also has hot springs. These hot springs are hidden within the tropical environment. Lets learn more about the hot springs in Sarawak.
Merarap Hot Spring
This 5-acre hot spring with a village vibe is a hidden paradise, 70 km from Lawas Town in Sarawak. As you drive, you’ll go through old bridges and dense rainforests, then you’ll enter this haven of peace surrounded by pristine jungle. The natural hot spring water is piped from a nearby mountain source into 4 dip pools. You can relax and soak yourself in these ponds and melt away the day’s tiredness.
Merarap Hot Spring has many things to do and even provides accommodation. Come stay here for a night, relax in the hot spring, hike and explore the mountains. Enjoy the delicacies at the inn. There are not many rooms and it can easily become a full house ̶ so make sure to book in advance.
Kampung Panchor Hot Spring
Kampung Panchor Hot Spring is located about an hour drive from Kuching and usually has many visitors. There are 7 pools and they are built with wood so it is convenient for visitors to sit by the hot pools and soak their legs in it. Beside the pools there is a small store that has drinks and snacks so you don’t need to worry about getting thirsty or hungry while relaxing in the hot springs.
It is said that the hot springs contain a lot of mineral substances and has medical value which is good for the body. The average temperature of the hot springs is 42 degrees; after soaking in it for a while you’ll perspire and detoxify your body. It is also worth noting that there are a few pools that are very deep, so please pay attention to the signs there.
Annah Rais Hot Spring
Many longhouse tourists visit Annah Rais Hot Spring, which is located nearby Kuching’s oldest Bidayuh longhouse. In the dense bamboo forest there is a beautiful river; in the river there is a man made pool of stone pebbles with hot spring water. So you get hot water with steam rising inside the pool and cool and refreshing river water outside. Since the pool is quite shallow, you can sit inside. After soaking your body in the 40 degree hot springs, you will feel very relaxed.
In this forest environment, slow down and observe your surroundings, and you may notice colourful butterflies dancing in the air; look at the sky, and birds may be flying high above your head. I recommend you to soak yourself in the river water after the hot springs: hot and cold water alternately ̶ to reenergise and refresh your body.
Paku Hot Spring
Paku Hot Spring is located in a village on the mountain in Bau, nearby Kuching. The village has many tourist spots, and the most popular one is Paku Hot Spring.
This hot spring is quite large but it is not suitable for swimming or playing in the water because the water here is a bit muddy. The development of this hot spring is very simple and not many visitors come here. If you want to have a quieter hot spring experience, you should go to Paku Hot Spring.
-Do some warm ups before entering the hot spring and put your hand into the water first to see if the temperature is suitable.
-It is best not to soak in the hot spring for too long. If you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, please leave the hot spring and rest for a while and drink some cold water to cool down your body.
-Take care of your own belongings
-Remember to bring a towel, swimwear, clean clothes, slippers, and shower items
-Everyone is responsible for the cleanliness of the environment, so please don’t litter.
-Since the road is complicated, if you want to go to the hot springs, please ask a local or tour guide for guidance.
You can also enjoy many of Sarawak’s natural environments and the wild life that call them home when you visit these hot springs.
Learn more about Sarawak’s flora and fauna here.