Ho Thuy Tien Abandoned Waterpark in Hue

Ho Thuy Tien once sparkling, now decaying

You may ask yourself why people visit abandoned places. Ho Thuy Tien lake hosts an abandoned waterpark which has become an alternative tourist attraction in Hue. 

We would all question why you would abandon somewhere. The peculiarity and mystery these places hold, intrigue us. What has happened on this property?

Well, the answer in the case of Ho Thuy Tien waterpark is bankruptcy. Not so apocalyptic after all, is it?

This park was opened in 2003 although its construction was not even finished, and it had cost an astronomic 3 million dollars to build. Later, in 2011 the park closed for bankruptcy. Were there not enough visitors? Was the park too expensive to run? Or the entrance too expensive for Vietnam? The answer is most likely yes to all of these questions.

Ho Thuy Tien waterpark just outside of Hue procures urban exploration sensations. It has mystery and amazing photogenic character that does not disappoint. Enough to guarantee you with a fun outing but may deceive those searching for urbex adrenalin.

Dragon Island

The park is built around the dragon tower forming an island in the center of Ho Thuy Tien lake. This is where you will come across the most explorers. Inside you will find a building in decomposition. My favorite room was the aquarium right at the bottom. Although the top offers an amazing view over the whole park.

Ho Thuy Tien Dragon
Ho Thuy Tien’s Dragon

Magical Events

The amphitheater seemed like the most preserved spot. In fact, we had to climb over a fence to enter. Find yourself the best seat to imagine what those shows were once like.

The Thrillrider

You will also find a room with a simulator, the “Thrillrider” which you can climb into! However, I have to say I did get a bit of adrenaline from the simulator as it is holding open thanks to a stick. Be careful you do not bump it. You may stay trapped in Ho Thuy Tien waterpark forever.

The Thrillrider

How to get there?

Ho Thuy Tien waterpark is located roughly 7 km out of Hue.

To get there you can:

  • Rent a bicycle or a scooter
  • Take a taxi or a motorbike taxi
My cheerful motorbike taxi driver

How to get in?

There is a guard at the main entrance gate. When we arrived there, the guard denied our entrance. Our motorbike taxi driver did the negotiation and asked us to pay an admission fee. I suspect they split the money between the two of them, but I was just happy to enter. Because word out the park was closed to the public.

Consequently, the guard may require you tip him to let you through. Although, I  did meet a few people that said they were denied entrance even though they had tried to tip the guard.  Therefore, you should be prepared to be refused admission.

Apparently, you can enter the park at a few different points. As a result, it may be worth investigating further to see if there is another place you can enter.







Doel – A ghost town left to decay

A complicated history

Doel was founded in 1613 and hosted at its best over 2500 inhabitants in the 1800’s and was actually touristy at that time, but for completely different reasons. Doel was known to be a lovely, lively village where those living in Antwerp would go to escape town for the day, but times have changed. The village is now considered to be one of the most vulnerable sites in Europe due to the proximity of nuclear plants.

The village now counts just over a dozen inhabitants. It has been gradually abandoned since 2000 to make space for the project of harbor expansion. Antwerp is the second largest port in Europe and counts on keeping this competitiveness running and growing. The activity is not growing as fast as planned. In fact, the previous extension is not yet exploited to its full extent.

Will this mean they will not be needing to take over Doel after all? Or simply not as quickly as they had thought? The residents were bought out by the government and some said to be forced to leave their homes. However, a few have stubbornly remained.

Doel – The abandoned village that calls for urban exploration

This town is now reputed to be a ghost town and attracts tourists for its street art and urban adventure. It has a weird photogenic character and is a curiosity worth exploring.

Few houses are lived in whilst others are completely closed up with metallic plates and do not leave any possibility for entry. It is forbidden to break in or enter any of the buildings. Although you can very well see that some have tried, I would say that recently not many have succeeded.

You can explore the gardens, walk around the properties, take original pictures and dare your own urban exploration experience!

There is some awesome street art to check out. In 2007 the village made an attempt to develop its attraction and invited a handful of well-known street artists such as ROA, Luc Tuymans, Steve Locatelli, Pso Man. The objective was to transform the village of Doel into an open-air art exhibition. Unfortunately, this did not only attract positive visits but some problems along with it. The recent addition of metallic plates to keep urban explorers, squatters, and unwanted parties out of the abandoned buildings has ruined some of the street art.

Has Doel been left for dead or will it be making its come back? It sure seems like a significant challenge to bring this village back to life.

Until this question is answered by time, the ghost town makes not a sound. And the villagers are left living in decay.