Thuy Tien Lake
If you’re looking for a bit of dangerous fun and adventure, then a trip to the Thuy Tien Lake will be right up your alley.
Thuy Tien Lake or Ho Thuy Tien is an abandoned water park located in Hue. It took around 3M USD to build, opened in 2004, and closed soon afterward — with all the elements and structures of the water park abandoned in the area. Guests and tourists take a trip to the site to perhaps have a “thrilling, off-the-beaten-path” adventure in a foreign country. But at the same time, seeing man-made structures in a semi-decaying state strikes urban explorers and even photographers as cool, unique scenes. One of the abandoned park’s main attraction is the dragon that rises out of the lake, upon which the whole park is laid around. You can climb up into the jaws of the dragon and just look out into the entire park. You can also see remnants from when the park was still in operation — laminated menus, decors, and even aquariums still filled with water.
Thuy Tien Lake is located in Huong Thuy Commune, Hue, Vietnam.
Opening Days and Hours
The abandoned park is open any time of the day, every day, but you can opt to visit during the day as it could be hard to explore the place in the dark.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to the park is free.
How to Get There
- Fly into Hue from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh via Vietnam Airlines.
- From the airport, hire a taxi going to the city centre.
- From the city centre, hire a taxi or rent a motorbike going to Thuy Tien Lake. Don’t drive into the main entrance as guards might not allow you to proceed inside. Instead, other tourists suggest following small roads before reaching the main entrance/gate, which will lead you to the park’s unguarded left perimeter.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
The average time spent on this attraction is around 1 to 2 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
You can opt to visit the temple in the late afternoon when the sun is cooler.
There is no food available in the abandoned park, so you can opt to bring packed snacks if needed. The nearest restaurant, which is located around 6 kilometres away, include Nook Cafe & Bar, Cherish Hue Restaurant, Le Parfum, and Family Home Restaurant.
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The nearest accommodation options are located more than 2 kilometres away, including Pilgrimage Village, Sankofa Village Hill Resort & Spa, and Le Domaine De Cocodo. Prices range from USD 81 to USD 141 per night.