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Thuy Tien Lake

After appearing in an American newspaper with a ghostly and desolate image. Thuy Tien Lake has become an “extremely HOT” tourist destination attracting many tourists to visit. If you are passionate about exploring and experiencing new destinations in the ancient capital of Hue. Then surely Thuy Tien lake is the perfect choice. Let’s explore this unique tourist destination with Origin Vietnam.

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1. Where is Thuy Tien Lake?

 Thuy Tien Lake is located on Thien An hill, Thuy Bang commune, Huong Thuy town, Thua Thien – Hue province, Vietnam. About 8 km south of Hue city center and about 100 km northwest of Da Nang city.

2. How is Thuy Tien Lake unique?

Possessing a magical beauty, somewhat horrifying and creepy because it has abandoned for many years. Thuy Tien Lake Hue has recently become a check-in place that you should not miss when traveling to Hue. This promises to be a new, mysterious attraction and not for “shy” people.

3. History of Thuy Tien Lake formation

Hue Thuy Tien Lake Water Park built in 2000, and completed in June 2004 with an area of ​​49.9 hectares, with many items such as aquarium, ecosystem, water music area… with great power. contains 2,500 seats and is gradually put into operation.

However, after completion, the project did not achieve the desired business performance and was forced to close. After being transferred investment and management rights, Thuy Tien lake tourist area in Hue became an abandoned park for a long time.

Until 2016, (USA) had an article providing desolate and ghostly images of this tourist area. Since then, Thuy Tien Park in Hue has become famous as a somewhat mysterious and scary tourist destination.

4. When is the best time to visit Thuy Tien Lake?

The best time for you to visit Hue Thuy Tien Lake is during the spring – summer transition. At this time, the lake is clear and less cold. The scene has sunlight shining on it so it will be less desolate and cold. That’s why you can check in with beautiful photos.

During the day, the weather here is always cool and airy. Therefore, you can visit the lake at any time. However, remember, you should not visit the lake in the evening or late afternoon. In case you like to explore magic and want to challenge your courage, go during this time.

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5. How to get to Thuy Tien Lake?

5.1 Moving To Hue

5.1.1. By plane

This is the most convenient and fastest means of transportation for tourists from other provinces and cities to reach the Hue tourist area. Most domestic airlines currently have direct flights to Phu Bai airport, Hue. Flight time from Hanoi to Hue takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, from Ho Chi Minh City to Hue about 1 hour 30 minutes.

5.1.2 By passenger car

If you live in nearby localities, choosing a bus is quite suitable because the travel time is short and the cost is relatively low. If you are in remote provinces, you can choose a sleeper bus to travel.

  • From Hanoi to Hue, please refer to buying bus tickets from popular bus companies running the Hanoi – Hue route such as Hung Thanh, Camel, Duc Thinh,… The Hanoi – Hue route has a travel time of about 12 – 14 hours.
  • From Ho Chi Minh City to Hue it takes about 20 hours. Some popular bus companies running the HCM – Hue route include Hoang Long, Huong Ty, Minh Phuong,…

5.1.3 By train

If you have a lot of time to travel to Hue and love sightseeing along the way, choose the train. Train tickets are not too expensive. Trains usually have hard seats, soft seats, beds and air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned compartments. If you go far in the hot season, you should choose trains SE3, SE1, buy air-conditioning sleeper tickets to be comfortable and shorten travel time.

5.2 Traveling to Thuy Tien Lake from Hue city

Thuy Tien Lake is located about 8 km from the city center. The road to get here is quite convenient, you can choose to ride a motorbike, taxi or private car.

Starting from the center of Hue city, tourists travel along Le Duan street toward Da Vien bridge. When arriving at Phan Chu Trinh, turn right onto Dien Bien Phu street. When you finish Dien Bien Phu street, you continue to turn right to Le Ngo Cat and then turn left to Minh Mang – Khai Dinh. Next, turn right onto Thuy Tien, go about 1 km further to reach Thien An hill. Here, visitors can park their car below and then walk to Thuy Tien Lake.

6. Activities and experiences at Thuy Tien Lake

Due to being abandoned for a long time, the grounds of Thuy Tien water park have been degraded and rusted quite a lot. It all evokes in visitors the feeling of discovering a mysterious and magical world, like stepping into a horror movie scene.

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6.1. Checking-in the dragon symbol in Thuy Tien Lake in Hue

One of the places many tourists check in at Thuy Tien lake abandoned park is the dragon’s mouth facing the lake. The dragon statue is extremely majestic, mysterious and somewhat scary. Just choose the shooting angle cleverly, you will get countless beautiful, unique photos with mysterious yet romantic colors.

6.2 Exploring Thuy Tien aquarium

The aquarium amusement park was invested and elaborately built, and is the highlight of the park. However, over the years, only ruins remained with walls full of moss and dust. According to reviews of Thuy Tien lake by previous tourists, you can try setting foot inside the aquarium. Here, there are only intact fish tanks and patchy walls covered with drawings, making the space more magical and desolate.

Moving up the spiral staircase, you will reach the dragon’s head. Here, you can look far away to fully admire Thuy Tien Lake and in the distance is the green Thien An hill. Although somewhat scary and mysterious, this is also the unique attraction of this project.

6.3 Visiting the lake and water music stage

Tourists should try walking through the forest to reach the water park not far from the aquarium. There is a system of slides covered with moss and a turbid, somewhat creepy lake.

An equally interesting and mysterious destination is the water music stage. The rows of seats with a capacity of more than 2,500 seats are now covered with weeds, the stage is full of moss… Looking at this dilapidated scene, it is hard to imagine that this place once held concerts. musical performance with thousands of viewers.

6.4 Taking photos next to the only old blue car in Thuy Tien lake

Right on the pine hill near Hue’s Thuy Tien Lake is an ancient artifact that attracts many young people to admire and check in, which is an ancient car made from stone. The shape and blue color of the car are exactly like the cars of the Western aristocracy of the last century.

7. Enjoying Hue specialties when traveling to Thuy Tien Lake

When traveling to Thuy Tien lake, besides admiring the desolate and ghostly lake, you can immerse yourself in the poetic natural scenery. You also have the opportunity to enjoy the specialties of this beautiful land.

7.1 Hue Beef Noodle Soup

When talking about Hue specialties, we certainly cannot ignore the famous Hue beef noodle soup with a rich, mildly spicy flavor typical of the Central region that cannot be found anywhere else. A full bowl of Hue beef noodle soup usually has beef, blood, pork sausage, beef patties and crab patties, especially the vermicelli noodles which must be big and thick, not small noodles like in the North or South.

Beef noodle soup is now sold in many places. But when coming to Hue and enjoying a rich, spicy bowl of vermicelli in the cold weather, visitors will fully feel the special deliciousness of this dish.

7.2 Mussel Rice

Although mussel rice is not a very special dish and can be found in many places in Hue, this dish has become a specialty thanks to its unique flavor. Mussel rice is made from cooled cooked white rice, then added mussels, pork rinds, shrimp paste and some spices, served with raw vegetables, banana ears, bean sprouts and some chopped white taro stems.

Mussel rice is a specialty dish with a unique flavor of Hue. Only by enjoying it here will you clearly feel the special delicious flavor of the dish. If you have the opportunity to set feet in Hue, don’t forget to enjoy this delicious dish.

7.3 Nem Lui Hue

Nem lui is not only found in Hue, but here, this dish has a very special flavor that makes it unforgettable for anyone who tastes it once. The main ingredients of Hue spring rolls include pureed pork, mixed with thinly sliced ​​skin, then skewered onto bamboo sticks and grilled over charcoal. This dish is served with rice paper, vermicelli, raw vegetables, green mango,…And especially the soul of the main dish is a special thick soup dipping sauce that is not available anywhere else.

7.4 Hue Sweet Soup

When mentioning Hue, it would be a mistake to ignore sweet soup because this is a specialty that makes up the quintessence of Hue cuisine. In Hue, there are hundreds of types of sweet soup, each with a different flavor and processed quite elaborately. Such as lotus seed sweet soup, longan sweet soup with lotus seeds, pomegranate seed sweet soup, roasted meat sweet soup, yellow mon wax sweet soup, areca flowers sweet soup.

Hue sweet soup is cooked under the skillful hands of Hue girls, becoming a dish that attracts tourists with its own sweet, rich flavor that cannot be confused with sweet soup in any other land.

7.5 Nam Cake

Hue banh nam can be both a snack and also the main dish. The cake must be wrapped in dong leaves, floating on the opaque white dough is a little minced shrimp and meat that has been prepared richly and deliciously. You can eat the cake with sweet and sour dipping sauce, adding a little green chili for the true Hue flavor.

This is a rustic dish familiar to Hue people with a rustic and simple flavor but enough to captivate anyone who tastes it for the first time. When traveling to Hue, you must definitely try delicious Nam cake.

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8. Accommodation when traveling to Thuy Tien Lake in Hue

Because this destination is very close to Hue city center, you don’t have to worry about where to stay when traveling here. Below are some hotels that you can refer to.

  • Meliá Vinpearl Hue. Address: 50A Hung Vuong, Phu Nhuan, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Mondial Hotel Hue. Address: 17 Nguyen Hue, Vinh Ninh, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • TTC Imperial Hotel. Address: 08 Hung Vuong, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Alba Spa Hotel. Address: 29 Tran Quang Khai, Phu Hoi, Hue City, Thua Thien Hue.
  • Kawara My An Onsen Resort. Address: My An, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue.

9. Some other famous tourist attractions near Thuy Tien Lake

After exploring Thuy Tien Lake Park in Hue, visit nearby tourist attractions such as:

9.1. Thien An Hill

The road to Thuy Tien lake is Thien An hill road because this park is located right on the hill. Therefore, when coming to Thuy Tien Lake, visitors can take advantage of the beautiful scenery of Thien An hill. This is a fairly large hill area, covered with rows of tall pine trees. This place is currently a very attractive camping and photography spot for tourists.

9.2. Vong Canh Hill

From Thuy Tien Lake to Vong Canh hill is quite close. So when you come to this amusement area, don’t forget to stop by this famous hill. For a long time, Vong Canh Hill has been known as the most beautiful place to view Hue from above. Coming here, tourists will see with their own eyes the most beautiful bend of the Perfume River and have time to relax comfortably while strolling under the towering pine trees.

9.3. Khai Dinh mausoleum

Khai Dinh Tomb is about a 10-minute drive from Thuy Tien Lake. After experiencing the mysterious scene in the abandoned park, you can move to Khai Dinh mausoleum to visit and admire the architectural works with the highest artistic value of the country.

10. Some necessary notes when traveling to Thuy Tien Lake

To ensure a safe and complete journey to explore Thuy Tien Lake, you should refer to the necessary notes below:

  • Applying sunscreen before entering the park because the journey to discover Thuy Tien lake will have many outdoor activities.
  • The park has many trees and overgrown grass, so you need to bring mosquito spray.
  • The buildings in the tourist area have degraded and damaged, so when moving, you need to be careful not to trip and fall. It’s best to wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.
  • Although, this place abandoned and has not renovated to visit. You still have to send a security guard here for 10,000 VND/person/turn and an additional 5,000 VND to look after the car.

Although it has been abandoned for a long time, Thuy Tien lake tourist area is still one of the favorite destinations for many tourists. Especially for those who love to explore the magical and mysterious beauty here.

Please contact Origin Vietnam immediately – a professional tour operator, we will take you on a Hue tour private to discover Thuy Tien lake with interesting activities and memorable experiences.

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