Anna And Ian Get Down And Dirty

Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2014

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Thap Ba Hot Spring

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Do we want to spend the day at a cheesy themepark or spend few quid to get covered in crap..?

Crap it is then!

The themepark (Vinland) is a bit too overpriced and after looking at it online, well it just looks a bit sh*t. Our other option for the day is to catch a taxi 4km to a place called Thap Ba Hot Springs Centre. At Thap Ba you pay the nice people to run you a nice hot steaming bath....of mud. Sounds like fun.

We pack our swimmers and head out onto the main road to catch a taxi. Bizarrely it takes us ages to get a taxi, usually you are being shouted at by drivers before you've even made it out of your hotel! Finally we climb into a (blissfully) air conditioned taxi and 20 minutes later we're paying a nice lady for some dirty water. Thap Ba is actually a pretty big complex, you can get lots of different 'treatments' there but we have opted for a hot mud bath, followed by a hot mineral water bath and jet spray treatment. We also have the use of the large hot and cold swimming pools, sun loungers, waterfall hydro-therapy and showers. Funfunfun.

After changing into our lovely clean swim suits, we are directed to the showers to get even cleaner. Then we are pointed to the 'mud tubs' up some rather steep and slippy steps. We stand next to the tub grinning at each other. Then the nice chap turns the tap on and huge amounts of runny mud pour down into the tub. The grinning stops. It doesn't look very appealing and there are unknown bits of stuff floating in it. Ian, graciously, lets Anna get in first before following her into the tub. It's actually pretty nice. It doesn't smell bad or taste bad, just a bit gritty (as Ian finds out by accident). It also makes you float, which keeps us both giggling as we bob about in the deep slippy mud. We stay in the mud until we start to resemble prunes, then we flop down onto the waiting loungers to crust-up in the sunshine.

Washing the mud off is not nearly as easy as getting the mud on! It takes an absolute age to get it off! We stand under the showers rinsing and rinsing until we give up and head for the Hot Mineral Bath, passing through a wall of water jets on the way. Another nice chap runs us our lovely hot bath and we get in for a soak. We are joined in our bath by a massive funny looking insect which promptly dies. Ian spend a while trying to fish it out with a leaf (it's far too big to touch with fingers!) before giving up as three or four of the staff are looking at him in confusion. We scoot over to one side of the pool and let the big dead bug have the other half. When the water starts to cool we abandon our bath and head over to the pool area where there are two large pools, one hot, one cold. We pick the hot one. It seem the sensible choice in 35 degree heat...! All the bathing has made us hungry so we settle into some loungers and grab some food (pizza obviously) and beer.

Thap Ba is a super cool place and we spend all day relaxing there, enjoying our now rejuvinated and silky smooth mud skin. If you ever get the chance to be covered in mud then we highly recomend it. Don't bring your own swimmers though, the mud never washes out.
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