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“Relaxing”

Guanziling Hot Spring
Ranked #12 of 278 things to do in Tainan
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“Relaxing”
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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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Good local experience...”
Reviewed January 5, 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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Singapore, Singapore
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“Good relaxing place after a tiring day”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

After our day trip from Alishan, our taxi brought us to our next destination which is Guanziling. The trip from Alishan to Guanziling took about an hour plus on the winding road. I really admire how the taxi driver can drive in such road condition with so many blind spots. We booked the Toong Mao Spa resort which is located near to the top of mountain. The temperature pretty cooling, about 19degC, I can view the mountain from my hotel room which is pretty amazing. I guess there's quite a significant of Japan visitors staying the hotel as the service staff initially mistaken us as some Japanese tourists. It is a great experience as this is the first time trying mud hotspring and I can feel my skin getting smoother after the bath. It is a good relaxing place after our Alishan trip, the leg soreness gone the next day and we are ready to move to our next location. Along the way, i saw quite a number of eatery shops selling bamboo chicken, i guess should be some famous food from them. Too bad, i didn't try it. Over there, you might want to try those eatery shops that open by the tribal people. They had some very interesting food in their menu that we don't dare to try. We had tried the eatery beside the Toong Mao, the food is ok, i like the rice called 古早饭. The public transport not very frequent, about 1 hour interval if you want to go to Chiayi, so you can get the bus schedule from the hotel counter staff and estimate which bus timing is best for you. The bus journey is an hour plus, NT$81. The view is great and i enjoy alot on the bus journey.

Visited December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“You will get smooth skin!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We took a taxi up to the King's Garden Villa.
The taxi ride was Taiwan Dollar 1000 for a return trip. He waited about 1 hour for us to soak in the mud. The ride was about 30 minutes.
You get to place mud on you body and face and get smooth refreshed moisten skin.

We forgot to bring/rent swimming cap, we only realised a little later. It was embarrassing.
Do remember to wear swimming cap for hygiene.

Visited December 2011
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“be covered with grey mud”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

It's nice to go there almost top of mountain. I went to the government place, Toong Mao Spa resort, which was quite nice with the outside pools. the mud is in a basket but you can't go in pool covered with it, mean no mud bath. However the mud pool is very watery (I enjoyed more the mud bath in Yangshuo, China). They provide towel, shampoo and free drink.

Visited October 2012
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