Taiwan's hot springs are among the best in the world. The country's unique geographic location on colliding tectonic plates produces high-temperature springs with clear water.
An important part of Taiwanese culture, geothermal springs are thought to increase energy, treat a variety of ailments and eliminate stress. Just as importantly, the Taiwanese use hot springs as an opportunity to relax with family and friends.
When visiting a public outdoor spring such as the Wenshan Hot Springs in Taroko Gorge, be sure to bring your bathing suit. Here, locals and tourists soak in sauna-hot water in a natural marble pool surrounded by stunning scenery.
If you prefer a more spa-like experience, hotel hot springs such as the Hotel Royal Chiao Hsi in Yilan offer a variety of options, including water therapy, herbal pools, and children's pools.
Hot springs are the perfect antidote to the stresses of daily life. Relax, recharge, and reinvigorate by soaking away your worries!
AFAR Ambassador Charissa Fay traveled to Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.