5 abandoned places in Asia for brave travellers
#3 is infamously haunted!
- September 2019
Venture to these deserted spots, if you dare.
1. Hashima Island, Nagasaki
For almost 100 years from 1887, Hashima Island powered Japan’s industrial age thanks to its rich coal deposits. Schools, gaming houses and living developments were built and at its peak in the mid-1950s, the booming mining town was the world’s most densely populated area. The coal would eventually run out, the mines would be closed and the island completely abandoned by 1975. Up till 2009, the island was closed to visitors but today, tour groups brave the choppy waters to learn about its history.
2. Ho Thuy Tien, Hue
Despite costing over SGD $4 million to build, this water park never became the sensation it had hoped to be. Ironically, it was only after the business failed that it gained legendary status. Today, visiting the attraction is somewhat of a badge of honour for adventurous travellers. Take your time to explore the empty water slides and massive amphitheatre — it’s a surreal experience reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic world.
3. Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel & Resort, Bali
The luxurious resort overlooking rice fields, forests and Mount Agung never opened to the public, and “Ghost Palace Hotel” (as it is commonly known) has remained deserted for over a decade. Today, the marble floors are covered with moss and the massive structure is overgrown with vines and weeds, and it has become a coveted off-the-beaten-track attraction for urban explorers in Bali.
4. Airplane graveyard, Bangkok
Right in the heart of the city on the edge of Ramkhamhaeng Road is a field of derelict planes including a Boeing 747. How they got there in the first place is still a mystery even though the most common theory is that they belong to a rich Thai businessman who has been selling the parts over the years for scrap metal.
5. Bokor Hill Station, Kampot
Perched atop Bokor Mountain, spending a day out at Bokor Hill Station will shed light on why its geography played such a significant role in its rich, dark history. French colonists built a resort there as a reprieve from Phnom Penh’s heat and humidity. When the country gained independence from France, Cambodian elite moved in for the same reasons. Ultimately, its remote location, high vantage point and proximity to Vietnam made it one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge.