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Trang mud baths
Trang is renowned for its hot springs and mud baths. The Thap Ba Hot
Springs Center, located behind the Po Nagar Cham Tower, better known as
Thap Ba, claims to be the first in Vietnam to offer hot spring and mud
The inorganic mud comes from rocks and volcanic ash and is claimed to be
both effective physical therapy and a cure for complexion problems.
Proponents of hot spring baths also say they help cure inflammations and
fix endocrine disorders. The mud used at the center is pumped up from
underground into small pools then mixed with mineral water piped in from
the Vinh Phuong Commune some four kilometers away.
Before immersion in the mud, visitors are advised to bathe in hot water.
The mineral water can be as hot as 40 degrees Celsius before it is
sprayed onto guests. After bathing, guests enter wooden tubs and soak in
the mud before taking a long sun bath that bakes the mud into a crusty
shell. The mud-bather then drops back into the some mineral water for a
The center, run by Sao Mai 21st Century Ltd., has some 25 hot springs
and a dozen mud baths, each individually named to supposedly lend them a
There are also heart-shaped pools for couples, swimming pools for adults
and kids, and special pools for the elderly.
The center’s hot spring, mud baths cost from VND200,000/per person
(US$12), VND)350.000/2 per ( US$22 /2 per), VND600.000/4 per (US$37/4
per) for individuals to VND800,000 ($49/6 per) for private groups of
six. Public baths cost VND80,000 (US$5) for adults and VND40,000
(US$2.5) for children.
Soaking in a hot spring alone costs VND50,000 for adults, VND25,000 for
The center also has a large swimming pool for adults and another for
children. Entrance fees are VND30,000 and VND10,000 respectively.
For those who prefer a private bath, try the “V.I.P. Spa,” which
consists of 14 rooms covering 2,000 sq.m. Guests are provided with a
health examination, sauna or steam bath, mud and hot spring baths, and a
full-body massage using essential oils. Prices are $105 for a single
room, $170 for a double and $240 for a “luxury” room.
Besides mud bathing, visitors can bathe under hot artificial mineral
water falls whose temperatures range around 40 degrees Celsius mark.
Hoang Quang, director of the Thap Ba Hot Springs Center, said his venue
is frequented by tens of thou-sands of visitors a year, of whom men
generally prefer mud baths while women prefer the hot springs.
Visitors from Ho Chi Minh City often come here after visits to other
tourist attractions in the province, says Quang. Many say it is an
effective way to refresh and relax.
To get to the Thap Ba Hot Springs, drive north from the center of Nha
Trang to the Ha Ra Bridge. Cross that, then continue on to cross the Xom
Bong Bridge. After some 300 meters more, turn left and the hot springs
center will lie about two kilometers ahead.