By Nelson Groom
It was meant to be a place for happy family outings, but this derelict Thai water park now looks like the stuff of nightmares after being reclaimed by nature.
Deep in the heart of the South East Asian nation among on the picturesque tropical hills of Kanchanaburi sits the sprawling site now crumbling into dust.
The once booming business fell into disrepair in 2005 after being muscled out by competitors, leaving algae to fill the pools and plants to creep into every crevice.
Beyond its creepy appearance, the park holds a dark past as it was once the site of a brutal murder-suicide and now plays host to nefarious characters lurking in the night.
Urban explorer Dax Ward, 38, said he was drawn to the post-apocalyptic landscape– but no sooner did he venture inside than he realized how dangerous it was.
Dax, from Arkansas in the US but now working in Bangkok, said: “I definitely don’t want to encourage others try this.”
“From the broken metal and glass, to the insecure foundations on upper floors and death-trap escalators, it’s a very dangerous place.”
“Then there’s the nefarious characters that have nothing better to do than hang out at a large creepy abandoned site in the dark.”
“You probably don’t want to be around then, lest you enjoy being stabbed with something rusty.”
While the park once welcomed crowds from far and wide, the only occupants now are the local wildlife and shadowy characters.
In 2010, the water park would become the scene of a heinous crime when a mentally ill man murdered his wife and himself.
In a paranoid delusion, the man was said to slit his wife’s throat, drink poison, then crush himself under a cement pillar.
Dax said the dark past still hung heavy over the park – and he wouldn’t dare step foot in the site after dark.
“It was pretty creepy to think of what happened in the waterpark.”
“I didn’t learn the murder until afterwards, but I got a very eerie feeling in there even without knowing of what had happened.”
“I definitely got the sense this is not the kind of place you want to visit after dark.”