Urbexing in the abandoned water park of Hue
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Visiting a water park doesn’t really sound like an activity that we’d undertake in Vietnam, right? While that would normally be the case, we were more than happy to make an exception for the abandoned water park of Hue!
In fact, it was the highlight of our visit to the former capital of Vietnam, which is mostly known for its imperial citadel and royal tombs. If you’ve seen enough temples and are looking for an unusual and adventurous activity, then a visit to the abandoned water park in Hue will surely tick that box!
Looking for a place to stay in Hue? We recommend staying on the east side of the river, where most restaurants and accommodation are situated. There are plenty of options for any budget on Booking.com.
We’ve read and heard different stories about the construction and decay of the water park in Hue. Some say the company ran out of money before construction of the water park was finished. Others say the park did open, but the high entrance fees meant that it didn’t receive enough visitors and a bankruptcy soon followed.
Whichever might be true, what’s for certain is that the water park was abandoned and has been left to the elements for over a decade. The resulting ruins have gained a steady popularity among adventurous backpackers recently.
Gaining entrance to the park involves a 30-minute motorbike ride out of town, bribing a security guard and walking a sandy path through the forest. However, once the forest opens up and the huge stone dragon welcomes you to its domain, you’ll be happy you decided to take this adventure on!
You can climb all the way to the top of the dragon structure. At the base, we found what used to be an aquarium. Through the broken glass and graffiti, you can still kind of make out how it must have looked all those years ago.
Venturing a bit further into the park, we got to the pool and water slides. It must have been nice to take a swim here, but the water doesn’t look so appealing now!
The final stop we made in abandoned the water park of Hue was the amphitheater. Judging by the fountains, the purpose of the amphitheater must have been to perform water shows. We also found a large safe here, just lying on the floor outside what looked like an office.
We were really impressed by the abandoned water park and thoroughly enjoyed the couple of hours that we spent here. Go there now, before too many people find out about it!
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Hi, my name is Sandra and I’m half of the traveling couple that makes up Bus stops & Flip-flops. I’m finally living the dream by traveling the world with my husband Geert. My other hobbies are eating good food, dancing and sleeping in. Did you enjoy reading my blog post? I’d love it if you leave a comment!