About 36km east of Chiang Mai, these hot springs are a delight. Set in a meandering country garden are public and private bathhouses, massage pavilions and a hot lazy river where you can soak away the tiredness from your calves.

Locals flock here at weekends to picnic and boil eggs in the hot vents, which emerge from the ground at a scorching 100°C. During the week, however, things are calm and peaceful, apart from the whoosh of steam roaring out of the steam vents. If you want the full-immersion experience, a dip in the public mineral pool costs 50/30B (adult/child), while a private bathhouse costs 60B for 15 minutes. Simple but comfortable rooms (from 1000B, with bathhouse from 1300B) are available and there's a campsite (50B per person) and several restaurants serving Thai meals.

For a posher stay, the clean and comfortable bungalows at Roong Aroon Hot Spring Resort, have access to its own set of hot springs. It's a few kilometres beyond the main springs.