Inside eerie deserted £2.4m water park abandoned just two years after opening & left to rot in the middle of the jungle
AN eerie deserted water park has been left to rot for more than 15 years in the middle of the Vietnam jungle.
Located on the outskirts of Hue, Ho Thuy Tien flung open its doors in 2004 – but mysteriously closed just two years later.
Developers forked out £2.4million to build the impressive attraction featuring huge water slides, swimming pools and even an aquarium.
But the half-finished tourist attraction shut in 2006 – and has been left to rot into a post-apocalyptic maze of overgrown pathways and rusting structures ever since.
The eerie park has been over-run by nature and photos show graffiti strewn across the walls, empty buildings and a site left to ruins.
A massive rusting metal dragon rearing up to breathe fire over an algae-strewn lake now forms the centrepiece of the abandoned park.
The slides are covered in leaves and palm trees grow through their spirals, while the pools are filled with murky water.
The amphitheatre has been left to crumble, and villas where tourists would have stayed have stand empty.
Plans were drawn up in 2013 to rebuild the park and turn it into an eco-tourism venture – but the proposals never came to fruition.
It’s thought some locals believe the water park is cursed – which is why the project kept failing.
But the abandoned site has become a “must-see” for adventurous travellers.
Far-flung visitors have described the derelict park as “spooky”.
Vloggers Kirstie Pike and Christine Diaz visited the site in 2019 – and said “it felt haunted”.
And until around 2016, Ho Thuy Tien was home to three crocodiles who lived in one of the pools – and they would be fed by the locals or the occasional gap-year backpacker.
Blogger Courtney Lambert, from Florida, said the Vietnamese government moved the abandoned crocs to a wildlife sanctuary after she and other travellers wrote to PETA and WWF to complain.
Writing about her visit to the water park, she said: “The aquarium is the most impressive structure on the property.
“It resembles a crashed space ship, a most extra-terrestrial specimen sitting pretty in the middle of a gleaming man made lake.
“The guardian of the three-story aquarium is an intimidating, full bodied dragon sculpture; its scaled coils wrapped protectively around the space ship’s walls in a menacing embrace.
“A massive head and mouth gapes at the top, creating a spectacular viewing area where visitors can stare beyond the lake and park from behind fat, jagged incisors.”
Curious visitors take a scooter or a taxi from the nearby city of Hue to explore the site – and a so-called security guard is said to ask for small fee at the entrance.