Malaysia may not have spectacular volcanoes, but it does have its fair share of natural hot springs ready to help you soak away your worries. Read on for our complete list of the best hot springs in Malaysia and get ready to plan your therapeutic retreat, whether you’re looking for a lavish hot spring resort or a budget-friendly communal pool to try.
1. Poring Hot Spring, Sabah
Relax in a hot sulphur bath at the popular Poring Hot Springs, a tropical retreat located in the Ranau district, approximately a two-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. The vast Poring nature park contains a few swimming pools, hot spring tubs, and a waterfall. To enjoy the hot spring water, each of the individual hot spring tubs here is equipped with faucets that allow you to control the water temperature and flow.
2. Jasin Hot Springs, Melaka
The Jasin Hot Springs, which was built over a century ago, has been transformed into a recreational park where families can play while benefiting from the natural mineral water. Choose from a wide range of pools, including a colourful water playground pool and a females-only pool, as well as various foot soaking wells.
3. La Hot Spring, Terengganu
The natural pools of the La Hot Spring, discovered over four decades ago, have since become a popular Terengganu tourist attraction. The hot spring water flows down the hillside into a large pool that is suitable for wading or sitting in. The water in the pool is also quite hot, sometimes reaching 60 degrees Celsius.
4. KSL Hot Spring Resort, Johor
The KSL Hot Spring Resort in Johor, which opened in 2018, is the state’s first eco-friendly resort and spa. Book a night at the resort and take a dip in one of their three indoor hot spring pools, which are open 24 hours a day. The temperature of the water, which is sourced from Melaka’s Jasin Hot Spring wells, is constantly measured to ensure that guests have the best hot spring experience possible.
5. Selayang Hot Spring, Selangor
The Selayang Hot Spring, located near Batu Caves, has been a popular attraction among locals for many decades, and is believed to have medicinal effects in treating skin ailments. The natural hot spring here has four different pools with varying temperatures, and visitors typically collect the water in their own pails to wash themselves with.
6. Suria Hot Spring Bentong Resort, Pahang
The resort is nestled in the beautiful rainforest of Pahang and is a popular retreat spot for locals of all ages. During your stay, you can easily walk out of your room and into the main outdoor hot spring pool. There’s also a cool water spring pool for children and those who can’t stand the heat.
7. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak
This 5-star sanctuary is nestled in a 22.7-acre valley surrounded by nature and 400 million-year-old limestone caves, but the highlight here is undoubtedly the resort’s natural Geothermal Hot Springs Dipping Pools.
8. Lost World Hot Springs and Spa, Perak
Multiple natural hot spring pools are scattered throughout Ipoh’s Lost World of Tambun water park, ready to provide visitors with a truly rejuvenating experience. Choose from a total of 12 active pools and take a dip in whichever healing bath suits you best, from a unique thermal hot spring waterfall to a natural steam cave sauna.
9. Kampung Panchor Hot Spring, Sarawak
The Kampung Panchor Hot Spring is an hour’s drive from Kuching and nestled in Sarawak’s rainforest, making it the ideal nature retreat while visiting the state. Don’t be concerned about rain or harsh sunlight – the row of healing baths here is covered with roofs, so you can soak in the hot water for as long as you want. There are also changing rooms and toilets so you can clean up after yourself.
10. Ayer Hangat Village Langkawi, Kedah
Visit Malaysia’s only salt water hot spring in Ayer Hangat Village on Langkawi Island. This modern cultural complex, just a short drive north of Kuah, is dedicated to promoting its unique 3-tiered hot spring wells, which are set amidst a traditional Malay village setting with a charming backdrop of green paddy fields.