Tan Tien ward, La Gi township, Binh Thuan provice, Viet Nam
    
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  • Binh Chau Hot Springs

    Introduction: Covering an area of over thousands of square feet and featuring an array activities, from crocodile angling to mud baths, Binh Chau is much more than just a spa getaway. The ideal schedule is to explore in the early morning, mid-day swim, and make your choice of the range of bars and restaurants in the around the springs in the evening.

    Until about just over a decade ago there was wildlife in the area, but it seems humans have driven the animals out. In 1994 six elephants were captured near the springs, but after a few months of keeping them as pets their captors turned them over to the zoo in HCMC.

    Nowadays the only wildlife you are likely to spot are ceramic lions, cheetahs and panthers, which decorate the marshes around the springs. The hottest spring reaches 82°C, which is hot enough to boil an egg in 10 to 15 minutes. Vietnamese visitors boil eggs in the bamboo baskets set aside for this purpose. There are a couple of giant chicken statues decorating the springs where you too can boil up a snack for yourself, with raw eggs on sale. Kitsch indeed, but a nice jungle setting all the same.

    Location: Highway 55, Binh Chau, Xuyen Moc, Ba Ria, Vietnam.

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