Tublay is now a growing ecotourism hub in Benguet. Recently, Gina Lopez, former DENR Secretary, has been visiting the municipality to help in developing ecotourism projects. Such initiatives will be a big help in uplifting the local communities while promoting the conservation of the natural wonders of Tublay. One of the locally-popular destinations in Tublay is the so-called Asin Hot Spring, located at sitio Asin in Tuel, Tublay.
Relishing the steamy waters of Asin
Asin hot spring emerges from the rock creases and directly flow down the Tuel river. A hose has been put in place to channel the thermal waters to a shallow pool on the river. Recently, the barangay officials of Tuel made some additional improvements on the site.
According to the locals, the hottest part can boil an egg. We never tried doing that though. We just relaxed ourselves on the pool while gazing at the rising steams oozing with the thermal waters. Interestingly, one gets the chance to share casual fun and laughter with fellow visitors on the pool.
For me, it would be best to immerse on the hot springs during the morning and later on, swim on the cold pools of the Tuel river. Or you can do so alternately during both periods.
By the way, there are existing cottages which can be rented for 250 pesos. There are also available comfort rooms and a dressing room. For those who would like to stay overnight, there is a lodging just besides the hot spring.
How to Get to Asin Hot Spring?
From what I know, there are no jeeps heading straight to Asin Hot Spring from Baguio city and La Trinidad. However, there are passenger vehicles called “garage” which operate along the La Trinidad-Alapang-Alno-Tuel road. These are mostly stationed at Alapang Junction.
For those who want to loosen some fat or gain muscles, jogging is another option. For an average jogger, it may take more or less two hours of downhill and zigzag run. Along the way, one may catch a glimpse of beautiful mountain ranges including Mt. Pokgong.
Upon arriving at the entrance of the Asin Hot Spring, one needs to register and pay 20 pesos each. It was only in December 15, 2018 when the barangay officials started collecting environmental fees. This is to help in the sustainable management of the tourism site. By the way, there is no entrance fee for 11 years old and below while elders are eligible of a 20% discount.
Immersing on the Beauty of Tuel River, Tuel, Tublay
When you visit Asin in Tuel, Tublay, you not only get the chance to have a satisfying immersion on its thermal waters. You may also have a rejuvenating bath on the Tuel River. By the way, the Tuel River meets with the Balili River further downstream.
During sunny months, the waters of Tuel River are crystal-clear. There are a pocket of deep and wide pools, fit for swimming.
Because we opted for a more serene and uncluttered atmosphere, I and my friends followed the river upstream. There, we found a shaded site, surrounded with towering rock formations and alongside, a beautiful and naturally-built pool. Oh, to add thrill to our visit, we did jumping (not diving) on the deep pools.
When one follows the river further, there are even more pools and mini-waterfalls. However, for security purposes, better to have a guide.
Important Reminders while in Tuel, Tublay:
- Properly dispose your garbage and litter. Never leave or throw them on the river. Put them in the available trash cans or better yet, take them back to where you came from.
- Always be mindful and alert especially for minors and non-swimmers since there have been previous incidents of drowning.
- There are no existing eateries in Asin except for a fishball stand and some stores. These stores offer snacks and items for cooking. It is best then to bring your own meals.
- As much as possible, make use of organic or naturally-made soaps when swimming or taking a bath on the spring and river.
- When seeking to do other explorations nearby, ask for a guide. This is for your safety.
- No bringing of any kind of liquor/brandy (as per barangay regulation).
Try Speaking Local Utterances:
As goes a popular adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” In the same way, you can also try conversing with the locals using their language. This is especially helpful in building rapport with the community. Ibaloi is the main language in Tuel. I get it. You don’t need to be well-versed. But you can at least try common utterances such as the following. Have fun learning and using them:)
|Common Utterances of the Locals||English Translation|
|Mapteng jen agsapa||Good Morning|
|Mapteng jen mashem||Good Afternoon|
|Mapteng ja davi||Good Evening|
|Edavas kami bengat||We are passing by|
|Kamusta||How are you|
|Enakad/Enahad kami la||We are going home|
|Dinmaw kami bisitaen iya mayat jen dugad yu||We came to visit your beautiful place|
|Mayat ta enunan taha muwan||It’s good to see you|
For your Information:
If you need further information that may help in setting up your itinerary, simply ask them on the comment section below. You can also message us on our facebook page namely, Daniel’s Eco-Travels. I will be more than glad and willing to answer them whenever I can:)
NOTE: This is a work in progress. I will be posting additional information and pictures when I come back to Tublay. If you are from there, you can contribute relevant details and photos by posting them on the comment section below.