The Ho Thuy Tien Water Park is an abandoned waterpark outside of Hue, Vietnam. It is the stuff of wondrous nightmares. For the adventurous only…
What’s That I Hear?
While in Huế, the former capital of Vietnam, Daisey & I overheard a local English teacher tell her colleague about an abandoned aquarium and waterpark outside of town. She said there were even crocodiles still living in some of the tanks. Hmmm, sounds intriguing… and right up my alley.
Turns out, with a quick google search or two, the Ho Thuy Tien Water Park is just a scooter ride away. Daisey & I hopped on our bike and headed out on another #teamtraynham adventure.
The Adventure Continues…
As we got closer to the park, it started to rain…heavily. Never deterred, we stopped for ponchos and soldiered on. We found the park without a hitch. There was a couple in the overgrown parking lot that I assumed would charge us for parking, maybe even admittance. They ignored us.
Enter The Dragon
The rain added to the eerie fascination of the park. There were a few groups of local people there. One was doing a fashion shoot, another eating hot pot and drinking beer. Aside from them, it was empty. The light rainfall made the lake hiss. I kept expecting an alligator to jump out and say boo.
The Belly Of The Beast
As we traipsed around, we found more weird scenes from inside the belly of the beast. The roof was leaking in spots. There were office supplies strewn about. Graffiti. Beer cans. Puddles and detritus. Truly, a photographer’s goldmine.
Slippery When Wet
Afterward, we explored the rest of the park. Most interesting was the abandoned amphitheater. You could almost hear the faded cheers of crowds past.
There was also a Space Shuttle simulation ride. An adjacent sculpture garden gave it a cultured sense of abandon. The only letdown was we never found those fabled alligators.
We’re Not The Only Ones
Plenty of travelers, bloggers, and journalist have recently discovered the abandoned lair of the Dragon. For more perspective and photos, we recommend starting with the Huff Post’s article.
Britt is a photographer/music producer & proud member of #teamtraynham