VIETNAM TRAVEL

 

Around Ho Chi Minh City

Cu Chi Tunnels - Tay Ninh - Nui Ba Den - One Pillar Pagoda - Can Gio - Buu Long Mountain -Tri An Falls - Vung Tau - Long Hai - Loc An Beach - Ho Tram Beach - Ho Coc Beach - Binh Chau Hot Springs - Cat Tien National Park - Con Dao Islands

BINH CHAU HOT SPRINGS

IDD Code: ( + 84 ) 64:
About 150km from HCMC, and 60km northeast of Long Hai, is Binh Chau Hot Springs (Suoi Khoang Nong Binh Chau; admission 20.000d) and the Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort ( s/d/bungalow ind breakfast from US$25/35/125, camping per person 50,000d). Chief among the attractions on this 35-hectare site is an outdoor hot-spring-fed swimming pool (admission 30,000d), though visitors wanting the full experience might opt fora soak in a mudbath (admission 120,000d). The pool temperature is around 37°C, and the minerals in the water are said to be beneficial to your bones, muscles and skin, and are also said to improve blood circulation and mental disorders. There's also a spa, with massages available. Also outsite are a golf practice range, tennis court, restaurant and playground. If you want to stay overnight here, there's a range of accommodation options. The rooms are airy and tidy, with trim furnishings, though the ones at the lower bracket are small. Suites and bungalows provide roomier quarters. Until about a decade ago there was wildlife in the area, including tigers and elephants, but it seems humans have nearly won the area over. In 1994 six elephants were captured near the springs, but after a few months of keeping them as pets their captors turned them over to the zoo in HCMC. Nowadays the only wildlife you are likely to spot are ceramic lions, cheetahs and panthers, which decorate the marshes around the springs. The hottest spring reaches 82°C, which is hot enough to boil an egg in 10 to 15 minutes. Vietnamese visitors like to boil eggs in the bamboo baskets set aside for this purpose; you'll find a couple of giant chicken statues decorating the springs where you, too, can boil up a snack for yourself, with raw eggs on sale.
Getting There & Away
The resort is in a compound 6km north of the village of Binh Chau. The road connecting Rte 55 to Binh Chau is a smooth ride, thanks to funds donated by the Australian government in the '90s. Good highway or not, there's no public transport. You'll need a motorbike or car; if you choose the latter, perhaps you can find some travellers to share the expense.