Ho Thuy Tien lies just five miles outside Huong Thuy town in Hue, by the Thuy Tien Lake. This abandoned water park hidden in the jungle has now become popular with the odd backpacker who is enamored with the idea of exploring something off the beaten track, and of course, the rumors of crocodiles who once lived there.
The ambitious plan for the park was to create something for the whole family, with amusement rides, water slides, pools, aquariums, performances, souvenir shops and restaurants, using a hefty budget of three million USD. In 2004, despite not being complete, the park opened to the public and didn’t make the splash that was hoped for.
Now the park remains the same way it was left, almost as if abandoned in a rush, and nature has taken complete control over it. The park is overgrown with weeds that are getting wilder and unmanageable, sometimes requiring your hands to tear them apart for you to get a closer look at signs. There is an eerie Jurassic Park sort of vibe going on, but with grazing cows instead of dinosaurs.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by the guardian of the park, an intimidating three-storey, full-bodied dragon perched on a spaceship-type aquarium. Its coils are wrapped in a protective manner around the domed structure that is now covered in rust, peeling paint and graffiti.