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Visit Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung) (Udon Thani)

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Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung)

Thai name : กุญณภัทรสปา สปานาเกลือบ้านดุง อุดรธานี

GPS : 17.70653230755668,103.2528552652709 (See on the map)
Udon Thani
Udon Thani
Udon Thani
Udon Thani

Presentation

Ban Dung district located in the east of Udon Thani city is famous for its salt extracted from naturally saline water that is pumped from the ground and poured into basins exposed to the sun to evaporate and let the salt to crystallize. In the area you will find several salt fields and on the roadsides many stalls selling bags of this salt (20 THB for a 1.5 kg bag). And in the Ban Dung locality itself, there is the Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa which uses this same salted water heated in the sun (the temperature therefore varies according to the seasons, it was at 50 °C when I went there in mid-December) to offer health baths.

You can choose to soak only your feet or your whole body in wooden bathtubs, some of which have a nice setting with a view of the pond in which the water is heated. They advise you to dive in for 5 minutes, get out of the water, drink water (bottle provided), dive back for 5 minutes and so on... On the phases in the bathtub, you have to not move because the movements cause the water to stir and make the sensation of heat stronger. I did not have too many difficulties to get inside the water but it was more complicated for my wife. So maybe not a place that relaxing for people that can not dive themselves in very hot water. It is accompanied by a small do-it-yourself salt and turmeric facial treatment. They also sell a whole range of beauty products. While there, go see the salt fields just behind the spa (access on the left of the store) and the warehouse.

Practical information about Kunnapat Rock Salt Spa (Ban Dung)

A full body bath for 1 hour costs 300THB. Just the feet will be 60 THB.
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I didn't do it but it may be better to call them before coming as they often receive groups and can be full, especially on weekends. You can contact them by calling 098 824 5491 or 083-879 4614 (mobile phone numbers).
This spa is a 10 minute drive from Wat Kham Chanot which is probably the most visited temple in Udon Thani province by Thai Buddhists. There must be songtheaws running from Udon Thani to Ban Dung but I don't think it's very convenient and worth the more than 3 hour round trip on the local bus just for 1 hour in the spa. It is 86 kilometers from the city.

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