An Off-Road Spa Adventure: Puning Hot Springs

Our 4 x 4 vehicle thudded along the scorched gravel road, forcefully freewheeling its way over the uneven terrain. The landscape was a sea of sunburned land and hills of towering ash set against a backdrop of a perfect blue sky.

I held on to the railings of the open-sided vehicle, torn between the desire to take photographs of the stunning scenery and the pressing need to hold on to something steady lest I be tossed from the jeep with one jolting movement.

We were on our way to Puning Hot Springs, a spa resort at the edge of Sapang Bato in Angeles, Pampanga. Save for a few stretches of paved road near one of the spa areas, most of the route is vast desert-like land, rugged canyons carved from lahar and shallow streams foggy with steam. The 4 x 4 jeep deftly navigated between canyons, cut a blazing path through the streams and was tossed heedlessly behind swirls of water.

The coolness within the ravine soon gave way to a blindingly bright sky and strange rock formations spewed by Mt. Pinatubo during its eruption two decades past.

Carved from the wrath of one of the world’s most infamous volcanic eruptions, Puning Hot Spring offers an exciting and different spa experience. Visitors defy the rough terrain just to soak in the hot spring on the foothills of the mountain.

Read the rest of this article in Sunday Inquirer Magazine.


Additional photos taken by Angel Juarez of and Ivan B. for Ivan about Town.

Package tours to Puning costs P3,000 per person (minimum of 2) which includes a local guide, 4×4 Rental, Hot Spring Entrance, Sand Spa, Mudpack, Buffet Lunch & foot massage. Puning Hot Spring. Sitio Target, Sapang Bato, Angeles City. Tel: (045) 4990629, (0920) 8664246 & (0919) 3392795; (0917) 5360618 – Korean.

10 thoughts on “An Off-Road Spa Adventure: Puning Hot Springs

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    • Yes, it was the most unique hot springs/spa experience I’ve ever tried. You blog about beer! That’s also a special interest of mine whenever I travel 🙂 Will be checking out your posts. Thanks for visiting my site!

  2. Kailangan po ba talaga pag pupunta jan i-avail yung package na 3k minimum of 2? pano kung gusto lang namin ung 4×4 ride at hotspring.. bale 1st and 3rd station lang po. pwede po ba un? how much!?

  3. The place looks remarkable! When you were there, how was their hot spring? I am actually into hot springs. But I have only tried two which were in Hidden Valley Laguna and Camiguin. Wish to go to Puning someday too. This definitely looks worthy to go to! Thanks for the information on the Package tours. Hope their prices didn’t increase though. By the way can you stay there overnight or is there any nearby hotel there?

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