In April we visited the Pong Duet Geyser near Pai. We had passed the turn off for this many times and were so happy to finally visit.
It was after 5pm when we drove in and the staff allowed us to go in for free. The regular price is 300 baht per person and 30 baht for a car as it is a National Park.
We parked and walked up a lovely path through the forest to the source. The source of the hot springs is 90 degrees Celsius. It was bubbling away and there was a lot of steam. The steam did smell of rotten eggs but we sat in the right place so it wasn’t blowing in our face.
There were many little geysers bubbling away. Signs warned of the dangerously high temperature and it is not permitted to enter the water here.
We sat for awhile to enjoy the peaceful scenery. Then we noticed that there were some bamboo hooks for cooking eggs. You use the hooks to hold your bag of eggs in the hot water. We had driven through a little village and saw them selling little bamboo baskets of eggs.
Lodges are built in a couple of locations. They looked very beautiful, tidy and modern. To book or inquire about prices for the lodges, contact them directly.
They have built an area for you to sit and put in your feet, there are also some smaller private pool areas. The toilet facilities were very poor. There were no lights, very dirty and no paper or soap provided.
We found a beautiful spot to sit in a little waterfall to soak our feet. Here the water was a beautiful temperature as it had traveled down the hill from the geyser.
There were no other tourists here so it was very peaceful. After we sat for a time we noticed some locals coming to enjoy the hot springs too.
It is located about an hour and a half drive from Pai heading towards Chiang Mai. From the turnoff it is a 6 km drive on a small winding road.
It is about an hour and 40 minutes from Chiang Mai.
Despite the high price of admission, Pong Duet Geyser near Pai is a lovely spot and very relaxing. We would heartily recommend visiting this hot waterfall.