Inside a ‘haunted’ and abandoned water park in Vietnam

A tourist has taken spooky photos when he entered an abandoned water park in Vietnam, believed by locals to be haunted – and the images are sure to send shivers down the spine.

Jeffrey Van Sluijs, 31, a freelance digital marketer from the Netherlands, had been traveling in Asia for nine months when he discovered the spooky attraction.

He first heard about the abandoned park while staying at a hostel and other guests had mentioned the place as “dark touristy”, according to Jam Press.

Built in 2004 by the Hue Tourism Company, the park was open to visitors even before it was completed, Van Sluijs explained.

“Some locals are warning that the place may be haunted, which may have caused many investors not to try again,” Van Sluijs told digital publication Need to Know.

“This bold move didn’t work out very well and after two years of operation the park closed permanently in 2006,” Van Sluijs said. “The reasons for its failure are unknown at this time – but visiting the park is a shady business.”

A dragon statue guarding the observatory deck.
A dragon statue guarding the observatory deck.
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Dirty, stagnant water fills the water park.
Dirty, stagnant water fills the water park.
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In a video later posted to TikTok, Van Sluijs walks through the dilapidated park where a series of kiddie pools, brightly colored plastic slides and sprinklers are shown covered in graffiti. There is also a lazy river filled with green water, muddy lounging areas with broken tiles and overgrown plants.

Strangely silent, only the cries of crickets and insects, which have taken up residence in the park, are heard.

“The first thing I saw was the giant dragon head,” Van Sluijs said. “This climbable structure used to be a sort of viewpoint, although I didn’t know what other functions this structure had.”

Van Sluijs took a photo of himself standing inside the mouth of the dragon statue that guards a three-story observation tower.

“Going a little further, I came across a kiddie pool with a typical ‘umbrella’ or ‘mushroom’ and some sort of artificial current, as well as a wave pool,” Van Sluijs said. “Everything was heavily decaying and the water inside had turned dark brown and muddy. There were plants everywhere and lots of insects.

A now exhausted sitting area built with concrete.
A now empty seating area built with concrete.
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One of the largest water slides in the park.
One of the largest water slides in the park.
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A double water slide.
A double water slide.
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“As I walked through the kiddie pool and past the wave pool, I tried to imagine what the place would have looked like when it was operational.”

The TikTok video has since racked up thousands of views.

“Of course it will be a lot scarier at night,” one person commented.

“Dangerous! This abandoned structure is not maintained, probably damage everywhere that could cause unexpected collapses and accidents,” another user said.

But the park itself wasn’t the weirdest part of the trek.

As Van Sluijs exited the abandoned attraction, he had a strange encounter.

Graffiti has been plastered all over the attraction.
Graffiti has been plastered all over the attraction.
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A bridge over a water slide.
A bridge over one of the water slides.
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The view from the observatory deck.
The view from the observatory deck.
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“I came across a real cafe inside the abandoned park,” he revealed. “Just across the street from where I found the abandoned theater, I suddenly noticed a brand new sign saying something like ‘cold beer, cola’ etc. At the cafe there was a group of ‘about six Vietnamese, who seemed quite wealthy in terms of how they were dressed and enjoying a hearty lunch with an abundance of beers.

“It was such a strange thing to come across in the park.” Van Sluijs added. “Any abandoned place always feels like a gift unfolding for you – around every corner something new can be found.”

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