The island of Taiwan owes it’s origins to volcanic activity and even though it’s volcanoes have long been dormant, there are still traces of this past to be seen in huge mountain ranges and boiling hot hotspring water.
Unfortunately a lot of Taiwan’s hotspring resort towns are over-developed, with too many hotels, too many people and not enough water to go around. So why pay silly money for something comes naturally from the ground? All over Taiwan there are natural wild springs that bubble up through the rock and mix with river water. All you need to do is to make a small pool with some rocks and you’re chilling in a hotspring tub surrounded by natural beauty!
Here’s some links to places around Taipei. Often these springs are not easy to get unless you have you’re own transport so I’ve included a map at the bottom of each for directions.
Xinxing Wild Hotsprings 新興溫泉 In Taoyuan County, a relatively easy walk to get to.
Ba Yan Wild Springs – 八煙野溪溫泉 In Yangmingshan, a very popular place
Sileng Wild Springs – 四稜溫泉 On the number 7 highway past Baling, a beautiful hotspring waterfall