No.10, 300 Lane, Shin-Yi Road, Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan
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Located in Beitou, just outside of Taipei City, Kawayu (‘Chuan Tang Spa’ in Chinese) is probably the most popular ‘gay’ hot springs. This all-male, all-naked spa features authentic Japanese-styled surroundings. In addition to the open-air natural hot water pool, there is shower area, a steam room, a cold water tub and a room-temperature-water jacuzzi. Everybody goes commando, so you can’t be shy here.
There are many spas in the area, so make sure you go to the right one. All the entrance signs are in Chinese, so find the entrance that looks like the one in our photos or follow the one written 川湯溫泉. Buy a ticket and walk through the alley past the restaurant. To your left, you’ll see an entrance and a staff collecting tickets. Walk through the door and you’re there!
This section of the spa is all male, so you’ll see that you’ve come to the right spot! Coin-operated lockers (20NT) are available but can be full when the place gets busy. Open 24 hours. Both locals and foreigners are welcome. Busiest on weekends.
To get there, take the MRT to either Beitou or Xinbeitou Station and then a taxi to the spa. Alternatively, take the MRT to Shipai Station (three stations before Beitou) and take a bus (either 508, 535 or 536) from bus stop A located in front of the China Trust Bank. It is 11 stops to “Shin Yi 3” which is 50 meters from the spa’s entrance.
Hot (springs) tip: Spend over 400 TWD in the restaurant you will get free tickets to the hot spring. We tried the set menu and it was really delicious. The restaurant has nice views over the stream and a very nice atmosphere.
Gay? Merely all-male.
“All male and all nude, but I saw no evidence of anything gay about it. There were little kids there with their fathers when I arrived (Sunday 6 pm). By 8 pm it was all adults, plenty of cute guys in their 20s and others up to about 70. Lots of nice bodies to look at, but I saw no evidence of any touching, much less anything sexual. Just locals soaking and sitting around talking with each other. Pretty small facility, about 150 square meters in all, with four pools of varying temperatures. I was the only Westerner there; I heard no English spoken all night. As at the other hot springs, you must bring your own towel—an unpleasant surprise if you expected it to be like a sauna.”
Dennis on 11-29-2015 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
How to get there
“From Shipai MRT station take bus number 508/ 535/ 536 (next to KFC) to “Xingyi Rd 3” bus stop (or “Xing Yi Lu San” bus stop on Nokia Here Map). It’s on Xingyi road, and takes about 10-12 stops.
Walk about 100m. There will be no English so you must check the website first to get familiar and memorize its logo and its Chinese name and look for the similar image when you get there.”
Ivan on 11-06-2015 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
Use Chinese name "Chuan Tang" to get help from locals
“Am from San Fran. Visited Oct 11, 2015…not a luxe destination, definitely more of a local spot. Kind of cool that it’s located up in the hills but know that after the effort/trek to get there, you shouldn’t expect anything more than a 3 out of 5 star at best destination.
Gay vibe is certain. The crowd isn’t cream of the crop. Men from mid 20’s to the less in shape 40s, 50s, 60s all hang comfortably naked here. The standing room steam room is where you get some fun.
The MRT was the most economical means to get there. If you get off at the BeiTou or XinBeiTou stops, you would have gone too far and exiting at either of these stops requires a 500NT or so taxi ride up hill was what the Information desk folks at these MRT exits told me even though my hotel said these were the correct exits for the BeiTou hot springs.
The ShiPai MRT exit (3 stops before BeiTou on the redline #2 on your MRT route map) is easier and you can take public buses #508, #535, #536 from this ShiPai exit. Head towards the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC as the locals refer to it) restaurant across the MRT station and the bus stop is right in front. It’s maybe a 10-15 bus ride up a quaint residential hill to get to this spa. You alight at Xin Yi Road 4 (after shin Yi roads 1,2,3) across from a fruit/veg street vendor (which is where you catch the same buses to return to the MRT…the return bus stop is in front of a dental business called Model’s Smile across from the ShiPai MRT). once you’re off the bus, Walk ahead maybe for two minutes and make a right downhill…it’s kind of a long steep walk and a little tough to figure directions out but don’t be shy to ask locals on the streets since they are usually happy to help.
After you find it, strip down and enjoy you day of all man, all nude, just hanging in the breeze experience…I can’t imagine anyone would head out here in the middle of the night so to me it’s surprising that it’s a 24 hour business.”
Kel on 10-12-2015 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
Reno the steam room
“I have on the 1 Aug 2015, where I found the stream room been replaced with two massage shower jet. The place mainly uncle, maybe I went at wrong timing. The place is clean.”
Kel on 08-03-2015 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
truly asian spa & spring experience
“If you enjoy a genuine spa and hot spring tub water, sitting in a pool close to many men with nude bodies of all types, this is a wonderful place among green mountains. Tub with 42°C warm water, steam room packed with hot men. The water makes you quite tired when you stay in the pool longer; outside the pool no seats available to sit down; but I felt absolutely great after several baths and my skin felt wonderful.”
Martin on 11-17-2014 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
Pick the gay masseur.
“Went there on 4/2/14 1:30- 4:00pm Tuesday expecting it to be peacefully quiet straight after Chinese new year. But wow! Standing room only! If you like people watching then this is for you! (all shapes and sizes and ages). If not, then it’s really like any other hot spring. With the only telltale signs that something isn’t quite straight by occasional lingering stares and guys willingness to pack the steam room to the point where even people smugglers would balk.”
Rowan on 02-04-2014 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
well worth it
“If this is your first visit to Taipei, the trip out to the spa can seem quite daunting. It is well worth the effort though as it delivers a truly unique experience. Super friendly and fun, and provides a genuine taste of the Asian spa experience.”
scifar on 10-15-2013 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?
“Very busy during weekend, starting after lunch time. Nice setting with outdoor spring water pools. Mostly Taiwanese customers.”
Phong on 04-21-2012 This review is the subjective opinion of a Travel Gay Asia user, not of Travel Gay Asia. Problem with this review?