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Sawdust spa in Taiwan

Taiwan has over 100 hot springs and is promoting itself as a bit of a spa spot, which you may know if you read my previous story about the worst massage I’ve ever had in my life!

But they’re not all terrible. They run from soaking in hot pools to painful foot massages at night markets to decadent hot rocks massages at luxurious resorts. But for something completely weird that you won’t find at home, try Being Spa in Taipei for a Hinoki Enzyme Bath.

Being covered for the sweat fest

Don’t be fooled. This is no bath of warm water in which you wallow with petals floating around. Instead you don a pair of brown cotton pyjamas with a hoodie, and are taken through to a giant sand pit full of steaming sawdust.

A nice man with a shovel will dig you a grave and there you lie – with your colleagues lined up on either side. You’ll be covered over with just your head poking out and an eye mask on. While the pit isn’t heated, the cypress sawdust is composting and MAN it’s hot!

Time to get out!

After 15 minutes of sweating – and trying to relax – you burrow out, your toxins are released and you feel remarkably invigorated as if you’ve had a workout before heading to the showers to peel off the composty suit and enjoy the soak.

Is it worth it? I’d say only if you want something to write home about.


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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!