BEITOU HOT SPRINGS // TAIPEI

TRAVEL CAN BE TIRING. ESPECIALLY IN CITIES. IT'S A LOT OF WALKING AND A LOT OF SWEATING, ESPECIALLY IN TAIPEI WITH ALL THAT HUMIDITY (SORRY IF THAT WAS TMI). AND WHEN YOUR FEET ARE SORE AND YOU'RE SICK OF TOTING AROUND THAT GIANT BACKPACK, NOTHING'S BETTER THAN HOT SPRINGS. WORLD CLASS, VOLCANICALLY ACTIVATED HOT SPRINGS AT THAT. AND SURPRISINGLY, THERE'S A NATURAL ABUNDANCE OF THESE HEALING WATERS JUST 30 MIN BY METRO FROM TAIPEI MAIN STATION (TAKE THE BLUE LINE TO BEITOU, THEN TRANSFER FOR ONE STOP TO XINBEITOU). 

THERE'S ALSO NOT JUST HOT SPRINGS HERE. TAKE TIME TO VISIT THE GEOTHERMAL VALLEY (WE MISSED THE CLOSING TIME BY JUST 15 MIN, MAKE SURE TO GET THERE BEFORE 5PM!) AND THE BEAUTIFUL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY BEITOU PUBLIC LIBRARY. 

BUT WE'RE HERE FOR THE SPRINGS. WE RANDOMLY PICKED THE SWEETME HOTSPRING RESORT. IT WASN'T THE MOST EXPENSIVE NOR THE CHEAPEST AT 1400 NT FOR AN HR IN A PRIVATE ROOM. YOU CAN ALSO OPT FOR BOOKING A NIGHT'S STAY WITH YOUR OWN HOT SPRING BATHTUB ENSUITE OR PUBLIC SPRINGS. BUT TAKE NOTE, WITH THE PUBLIC SPRINGS, YOU'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO GO IN THE NUDE THOUGH THERE ARE SEPARATE SPRINGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. 

THE HOT, SULFURIC WATER WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED - SOOTHING + REFRESHING.
 
FOR A GREAT DAY'S ITINERARY, HIKE ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN OF THE FOUR BEASTS NEAR TAIPEI 101 IN THE MORNING AND GRAB A SHOWER AND SOME LUNCH BEFORE HEADING TO BEITOU. YOU CAN EXPLORE THE FEW TOURIST SIGHTS IN THE AREA IN AN HOUR OR TWO, THEN GO FOR THE SPRINGS. MAKE SURE TO STOP BY SHILIN NIGHT MARKET (JIANTAN METRO STATION ON THE BLUE LINE) ON YOUR WAY BACK TO THE CITY FOR SOME STREET-FOOD DINNER. 

SWEETME HOTSPRING RESORT
NO 224 GUANGMING RD, BEITOU DISTRICT, TAIPEI
台北市北投區光明路224號
02 2898 3838
PRIVATE/PUBLIC HOT SPRING ROOMS OPEN  FROM 7:00 - 22:00
WALK INS ONLY, NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
WE'VE ALSO HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT VILLA 32. HEAD THERE IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR LUXURY.