Hot Springs

Hardly worth mentioning are the 'hot springs' 4km outside town to the west. Dozens of White Thai families have set up shop offering a bath in some geo-thermically extruded spring water for 10,000 VND / person per hour.

Some of the tubs are sunken concrete affairs, big enough for two people. We heard that there was a communal option where you could bathe for free, but on our visit the locals insisted there was no such thing. No worries in any case — one of the owners ran the tap for us to test the water, and it wasn't hot, it was luke warm. Maybe they needed to run the take longer.

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How to get there: To get here, take Dien Bien Phu and take a left at the prison, and the road winds 4km on to the village. You can't miss it.