Exploring the Abandoned Ruins of the Cuc Phuong National Park Resort

Deep inside north Vietnam’s Cuc Phuong National Park lies an abandoned resort. From the looks of it, its been lying dormant for a number of years, with the jungle slowly eating away at the once sprawling structures. There’s a conference center, now inhabited by butterflies. There’s an olympic size swimming pool, now turned into a turtle pond.

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After spending a few days in Hanoi, and a weird two days in Halong Bay, I joined up with a group of friends, and the 7 of us, plus our van driver, headed down the coast towards Hoi An. Our first stop on our long drive down the coast was the Cuc Phuong National Park – a beautiful park which has within it mysterious limestone caves, animal preserves, and beautiful hiking trails. After a full day of exploring the park, we finally rolled into a once-abandoned building within the resort complex. The building, although it was officially abandoned, had been taken over by a family or two, who ran it as a sort of makeshift guesthouse. Sparse accommodations, with patchy electricity, but livable nonetheless.

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During our single night at the “resort”, we took a night hike through the rain to check out a bunch of insects, had a few beers back at the house, and got a good night’s sleep in the jungle.