When it comes to hot springs near Kuching, people automatically think of the Annah Rais Hot Springs.
For a lesser known, equally calming hot spring about 40km from Kuching city, there’s the Panchor Hot Spring located at Kampung Panchor Dayak which is accessible via Kuching-Serian Road.
It is famous among locals who believe a dip in the hot spring water will promote natural healing.
Among the minerals which had been found in the water are calcium and sulfur.
According to the information displayed on the board at the hot spring, the Panchor Hot Spring haspositive therapeutic effects for skin ailments.
On top of that, it is also believed the minerals in the water can help to soothe arteriosclerosis, rheumatism and joint pains.
Some visitors have a dip in the hot spring for its detoxifying effects.
Firstly, here are the precautions visitors need to take when dipping at Panchor Hot Spring:
- Dip your feet first in order for your body to fully adjust to the temperature. The average temperature of water at Panchor Hot Spring is 42oC. Then slowly submerge your whole body into the pool.
- If you are not comfortable with the temperature, get out of the pool and take a rest. Visitors are advised to take cold water to alleviate any dizziness that might occur because of the hot temperature.
- Never ever jump directly into the pool. After your dip in the hot spring, do not immediately take a shower. Let your body temperature cool down first.
Panchor Hot Spring Facilities
The hot spring is currently managed by the village security and development committee.
Thus, a visit to Panchor Hot Spring gives back to the local community.
Its facilities were upgraded by the Tourism Ministry in 2013 with electricity provided to the site.
There are wooden planks surrounding the pools making it convenient for visitors to sit by the hot spring while soaking their feet.
Visitors do not have to worry the about the weather as the pool areas including the corridors leading to it are covered with roofing.
Other basic facilities include a resting hut complete with benches and tables, public toilet and changing room.
Surrounded by forest, the hot spring makes another serene and short getaway from your hectic life in Kuching.
The hot spring is open daily from 7am till 10pm.