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“Pricy but well worth the trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Guanziling Hot Spring

Guanziling Hot Spring
Guanziien, Baihe Township, Tainan, Taiwan
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Ranked #2 of 17 Activities in Tainan
4.5 of 5 stars 32 Reviews
Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Wellness & Spas
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“Pricy but well worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Went there at the end of May, 2014. Getting there wasn't hard but it is no longer an easy bus ride.
From Tainan, you have to take a train North to Xinying. Then you cross the street to the bus terminal and take the Yellow bus or one of the local buses to BeiHe. From BeiHe, it's a short bus ride to the lower and upper village in Guangziling. The locals were very helpful directing us, and we got there easily enough.

We stayed a night at King's Garden Villa and got to use the facility there for free with the stay. There was a discount on the room since it was low season. That said, you could just go there to use the spa and hotsprings and be fine. The shower rooms were amazing, and they had towels, swim caps and blow dryers. Next time we would stay at a cheaper place and just use the King Villa facilities as a guest.

The hot springs themselves were great. There were around a dozen different spring pools. Not all of them were the mud water, so there was variety. They had free tubs of mud for you the slather on yourself too. The water is not muddy itself, but just a murky silver color from the mineral deposits. It's probably best to prepare yourself for that so you aren't disappointed. We had a great time though, and would definitely consider going back! If you are in Taiwan for more than a week, it's definitely worth doing, and if you're coming over on a western budget I'd just suggest renting a taxi from Chiayi train station instead of going the bus route.

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Singapore, Singapore
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“Resort that need a refurbishment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My family was there due to the mud spa and the places of interest such as temple visit and the shu Huo tong yuan.

We travelled up from Kaohsiung to xing ying train station and got a cab drive up to guanziling at NT 500 as is pretty worth it of four with big luggage compare to taking public transport that needed to transfer at baihe to guanziling from the train station.

The hotel entrance was abit old since been here quite sometime but the driver said that is one of the best spa resort in that area. A fast check in and we got the 1 king size 2 super single bed with private spa tub at NT$5000. Maybe is due to the summer and there is not much crowd. We manage to use the hotel public spa facilities. The mud spa is actually mud water and not what we expected thick mud. The hotel provide a thick mud to Apply onto your body and face. Maybe we came to the wrong time after heavy rain whereby mosquito bite are every part of our body. There are 4 hot pool and 2 cold pool. There is also nude pool that is indoor and spa facilities and is super worth it for just the spa itself.

The indoor room spa is much more thicker and a family can interact with doing leg spa. It is a nice place for interaction as during summer there is not much shop open and we have to slack in the room. It is relaxing and stress free as the environment is greenery with mountain and tree surrounded.

I do recommend this place if you are seeking for relaxation and do check out with the driver as on the last day we went to the places of interest + back to xin ying train station at a price of NT$800.

Visited May 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

was there in march 2014. took a train from tainan to xinying. but there are now no more direct bus to guanziling from there. have to take a bus from xinying to baihe, and then baihe to guanziling. guanziling is the last stop. overall took about 2 hours to get there from tainan. the hotspring is really special with the"mud" color. just a note that the area is very big, attractions like the fire and water are far from the hotspring area, so you might need a car to get to all the attractions in a day.

Visited March 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's a good place to unwind & relax. Chose the King's Villa Garden (cost 450NTD). It is a public place but you can swim for as long as you want. They have a number of pools you can try, from 20 deg (cold) to 42 deg as well as normal chlorinated pools with jet massages, and saunas. You can even go when it's raining (which I did) bc though the pools are outdoors they are covered. The surroundings are well decorated, planned & clean.I also checked out Reiko's resort & for the private mud bath was quoted 600NTD for 1 hour where you are given a small grey room and for 1400NTD you can swim for 1.5 hours in the indoors public spa room; certainly not worth i. I was at the King's Villa for 3 hours.

Don't know if you will get smooth skin; haven't notice a difference. The water feels the same as any other bath. The water is not any more viscous, just grey/brown in colour but it was worth a try since Guanziling is reputed to be 1 of the only 3 sites of its type in the world for this particular mud bath (others are Japan & Italy).

Getting there from Tainan: Catch the local Tainan rail to "Xinying" Station (that's how it's actually spelt at the station. Cost 67NTD). When you exit Xinying station, on the opposite side of the station, across the roundabout is a bus station. Buy the ticket (approx.79NTD) from the guy sitting at the table to the back of the waiting seats. Bus 7404, 7414 & 7416 will take you to "Guanziling" bus stop. You walk up the road for 500 m or so and you will see an English sign to the left, "King's Garden Villa"; take that road left, 200 m up, King's Garden Villa is on your right (Reiko's resort is just before it).

Visited May 2013
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“Good local experience...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Stopped in Tainan as an excuse to check the Hot Springs.. the whole experience was nice and relaxing, the spa we used (Kings Garden Villa) was well appointed, clean and with plenty of pools of different temperatures and minerals... really recommend it for unwind and relax...

Visited December 2012
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