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.
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? Email email@example.com
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? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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? Email email@example.com
“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? Email firstname.lastname@example.org