16th October. Drove to Pamukkale and Hierapolis where we toured the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, and saw the sodium bicarbonate thermal pools. Had a quick paddle in those. Very crowded, very slippery, and very vertiginous. The pools themselves are quite shallow and quite cool, but there is a channel running down which is quite warm.
We stayed in the Doga Thermal Hotel where I had three goes in the large hot thermal pool, and two in the indoor regular chlorinated pool. Slept with the door wide open on our fifth floor balcony, it was quiet and balmy. The muezzin was far off in the morning and didn't disturb, unlike the competitive muezzins of Cappadocia and Konya.
That muddy brown water is hot, almost too hot to swim in. Inside that dome there are three outlets gushing forth hot water that is definitely too hot to swim in. Is it therapeutic? Who knows. The railings into the water are very corroded at water level and below, so what is it doing to skin?