It is our penultimate day in Cambodia… While looking for a convenient spot from where to start hitchhiking towards Thailand, we come across this gigantic abandoned hotel.
The worst train ride in our life takes us to Bagan, the old capital of some ancient kingdoms of Burma. After spending an almost sleepless night in the vicinity of the train station, to avoid paying the $30 ticket in order to enter the city, we ask a lift to a family that takes us directly to the city center. They will leave us in front of a small abandoned motel…
Surrounded by a boundary wall, the villa “Mater dei” stands on two floors above a decorated and rusticated cloven hoof.
On my return with the train from a stay in our beautiful Dolomites, I expect a change of an hour in Nogara. Stimulated by an irresistible desire for ice cream I hasten to explore the surroundings, thus discovering to find myself in a city apparently deserted. After covering the first 200 meters from the station, on my right, beyond an iron gate, I see what could be an abandoned building …
A nameless motel, a bed of rubbish, doors and windows beating continually and cockroaches that roam freely in the cracks in the walls and floor.
There are so many places to visit in Southeast Asia – buddhist temples, palaces, old towns, mountains, waterfals. Maybe about some of them you already dream for a long time, some others you will meet during your journey accidentally. But we advise you to go out from the trodden path and explore wider this part of the world. How? Let’s visit abandoned places! These places for sure not many people visited so you will get here not just unique photos, but as well new feelings that no one before had.
TOP-10 PLACES TO VISIT IN SEA
The first place goes absolutely to the Hue’s Waterpark. Huge dragon, water roads, statues, and all these inside the beautiful park with the big lake. Birds are singing and you just need to go around and take beautiful pictures in this peaceful atmosphere.
The second place goes to Villa Thomas. It touched our hearts by its tree that is wrapping the villa all around in every its angle. It was something magical that we firstly thought it can’t be real. But it was!
But it’s time to add some joy to our list! Amusement park in Yangon, Myanmar, takes the third place in our top. There were so many attractions around that we didn’t know what to choose! Carrousels, roller coasters, bumper cars, and even Pirate ship – it’s all for you!
Don’t forget that countries of SEA are famous mostly for their beaches! So we will visit now one of the islands of Thailand – Koh Chang, where is located abandoned ship-hotel, and we will go to cruise! Luckily all the beds and stuff is still located inside this ship so we will not suffer any seasickness.
But in SEA you will not just rest and relax but as well learn tons of new information. In the city of Taungoo, Myanmar, we first for us opened out about the conflict between muslims and buddhists that exists in this country. Closed and as a concidence abandoned mosques are the indicator of that religion which won.
We will continue the educational thread of narration. The sixth place of our top-10 goes to an old town located in Bokor National Park. Earlier it was a place resort for the French Colonial elite, and today this place is quite famous among tourists from all over the world.
One of the places that we still can’t forget – is Forest Temple, that we found in Vang Vieng, Laos. Here, forgotten by everyone, seat four buddha statues, with a few concave plates beside them, usually used to collect offers or rice. Come to them open-minded and offer your urbex spirit to have an exchange one of the most enjoyable experience. You will climb rocks with monkeys and snakes, jumping from one vine to another, immerse your soul in the deepest of the nature.
Is walking around abandoned places in SEA legal or illegal? Maybe it’s time to see how the prisons look like? You need to have a look around Female Prison that we have found in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Old barracs, surrounded by four walls with check-points – it’s all what is left from prison today. Tired after exploration, you can have a massage from the prisoners. Don’t forget to book the appointment long-before as many people dreams about such experience!
The ninth place we want to give to the abandoned place that some of you for sure heard before! The mall full of Goldfish…looks like a fairytale, right? But it was true untill the moment when the government decided to catch all fish and release them to other pools. The mall is located in Bangkok, Thailand.
We will move now to one of the most developed counties in SEA – Malaysia, and its beautiful city Georgetown. Unexpectedly for us it was full of different abandoned houses and hotels in chinese style, all closed and almost inaccessible.
Have you ever been to SEA and met some abandoned places? Maybe you want to add something in our list? Write to comments.
A pyramid in the center of Tirana? It must have been the mania of greatness of some communist dictator …
Defend yourself from whom sir? We leave room for those who want to enter. The only ones we have to fear are ourselves …
An open-door prison, which unites squatters, homeless people and drug dealers under one roof.
Dubrovnik, penultimate destination before my return home. Never has it been so hard to reach a place, never so hard. But fortunately mine, just a moment before I started looking for a place where I could place myself with the tent, this magnificent abandoned dwelling appears as if by magic in front of my eyes.