Dansuao - Yen's hot spring
Trip Start Feb 08, 2005
10Trip End Jan 19, 2006
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Where I stayed
Yen' Hot Spring Resort
I like the story behind the resort. Yen's from Singapore, as is his friend Mark. They're both 3rd generation Chinese immigrants. Mark's grandad is from the village next to where the resort now is, in fact he has a road named after him because he emigrated to Singapore, became ridiculously rich, and contributed lots to his home town (this seems to be the tradition among Chinese expats). He bought a piece of land next to the village which just happened to have a hot spring underneath it. He then bequeathed said land to son and grandson and got them to promise to develop it for the general good of the area
I've been to the resort a few times over the past year but this was the first time to go in the water, there are about 100 little pools altogether all with different temperatures. It was really quite coz it was Monday daytime so everyone was at work and it's only just opened anyway. They give you a cup of water and fold your towel every time you go to a new pool if they can find you. The top one is really hot, 39 degrees. They say the water is good for your skin, well mine and my friend Jonny's scabs all fell off and scars looked nicer, it was very clever.
Did you know they empty all the pools every night and fill them every morning. That's a lot of water. Yen says they don't pump it up, they just take the natural flow, this way it stays sustainable.
The scenery I also really love, there are mountains (well, hills) and it's nice clean air and just really Relaxing and chilled out. The hotel is nice too but pricey, everything is new and the staff fall over themselves to be nice, even if they get confused a lot. I especially like the hill behind the hot spring, there's a piece of history on top, a Japanese artillery post from the Japanese occupation. It covered all the surroundig countryside, must have been a big gun. I wonder what life was like back then. Yeah so it's nice.