You could say that Malaysia has the best of both worlds. On one hand, we’re extremely lucky to not be in the path of fault lines, which means that we’re in no imminent danger of earthquakes and the like. On the other hand, we’re close enough to be able to benefit from them in forms of thermal springs. There are many hot springs in Malaysia, small and large. Some are so small that they become hidden treasures. Some are large enough that, when properly developed, turn into tourists attractions for the masses.
Dotted around the Peninsula Malaysia and also in Sabah, make these visits to the hot springs a fun road trip. After all, nothing beats soaking away the stresses of the city in a hot spring. It’s not all just relaxation for the mind and soul — these geothermal springs allegedly have healing properties thanks to the high mineral content of its waters. But don’t take our word for it, and most definitely don’t drink water from these hot springs, as they are not potable.
Whether you want to check in to a nice resort and enjoy these natural hot springs or just head to the public parks for a quick soak during the day, we’ve got you covered in our list of the hot springs in Malaysia you need to check out.
Mount Kinabalu National Park is already home to an amazing collection of lush flora and fauna. But did you know that in the lowlands of the park, right at the base of Mount Kinabalu itself, lies a popular hot spring? Poring Hot Springs is one of the natural attractions in the park that you must visit, not unlike how one visits a waterfall to soak in the water and cool down. Except in this instance, you warm up. The hot spring waters are filled with high sulphuric mineral content, which is allegedly good for skin.
14km away from the town of Kuah in Langkawi lies a complex dedicated to promoting its hot springs. Air Hangat Village — also commonly worded as Ayer Hangat Village — has a popular three-tiered hot spring well. If you’re not satisfied with just soaking in a regular hot spring pool, the complex also has a jacuzzi for an added relaxing effect. But what makes this hot spring a hot spot is thanks to its unusual waters. The spring is filled with salt water, which is a rare occurrence and can only be found in three other countries in the entire world.
Located in Sungkai, a little town in Perak, FELDA Residence Hot Springs is a beautiful resort surrounded by lush greenery and clear streams. Amidst all these cool sceneries is a hot spring that comes from the waters of Sungai Klah (Klah river). While there is a public hot spring nearby — Sungai Klah Hot Spring Park — you can also check in to the FELDA Residence and enjoy your soak in private. And why shouldn’t you, when the tranquil residence is located 200 feet above sea level at the foot of the Titiwangsa Range and has a free-flowing hot springs swimming pool as well as a ‘therapeutic park’?
Headed to Malacca for a quick foodie’s road trip? Be sure to stop by Kampung Ganun in the Alor Gajah district to soak in the sights and the hot spring. Unlike most hot spring parks where there are just soaking pools and changing rooms, Gadek Hot Springs features more facilities including an on-site restaurant, outdoor swimming pools, and well-equipped bathrooms. There are several pools in the hot spring park to dominate: small pools for two people, four people, and the largest one that can fit nearly 20 people. Temperatures can go up to 56 degrees, so don’t soak for too long.
For a truly luxe retreat with hot springs, head over to The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, located just before the main town of Ipoh. Within the resort are three types of villas to choose from: the Garden Villa, Lake Villa, and Water Villa. All villas come with a private pool and a hot tub with geothermal hot spring water, except for the Lake Villa that excludes the hot spring tub. The Banjaran is all about bringing its guests closer to nature, and this is especially evident with its architecture. Glass and open spaces are commonplace, inviting nature to be closer to the interior.
Bentong in Pahang is not just known for its abundance of delicious local cuisine. There’s also a hot spring in the vicinity, and you can enjoy it by checking in to the Suria Hot Springs resort. The rooms are wrapped around the main outdoor natural hot spring pool, so you know that you’re always mere steps away from a good, hot soak. But if you wish to soak in privacy, book the Jacuzzi Villa to get that en-suite jacuzzi tub.
By day, the Lost World of Tambun is a water theme park. By night, it moonlights as a hot spring and spa resort, bringing a hot soak to a new level. Most people would be turned off by the idea of soaking in a hot spring during the day when it’s already sweltering. This gives you the chance to try it out at night when the air is cooler. Try out the jacuzzis, infinity pools, foot spa, and the Geyser of Tambun to really experience the different ways you can enjoy the hot spring. However, if you wish to visit during the day, the hot spring section will also be open to all.