By Josh Saunders
Abandoned bathhouse that looks like it was from a ‘lost ancient civilisation’.
With beauteous murals and chilling carvings strewn over the unfinished site in Chiang Rai, Thailand, the site has an appearance that looks way beyond its years.
Taking inspiration from the ancient Angkor Wat temples, of Cambodia, the ornate carvings show pretty patterns, serpent-like figures, praying females and more.
Almost mirroring the layout of the Cambodian temple, that was named the best tourist attraction in the world in 2015, the bathhouse has been described as looking like it’s from a ‘lost ancient civilisation’.
Completely vacant inside, it’s believed this was a project that ran out of money and has been left abandoned ever since – according to urban explorer Bob Thissen.
The urbexer, who is part of team ‘Exploring the Unbeaten Path’ says there are many sites similar to this in Thailand, where work has ceased and the empty shell has been left to stand.
Bob, 32, originally from Heerlen, The Netherlands, discovered the unfinished building, while driving between Chiang Mai and Chian Rai.
He said: “On first sight i thought it was an abandoned temple, but after a closer look I could see it was an unfinished spa or bathhouse.
“The architecture of the building is inspired by the famous Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, the biggest religious monument in the world.
“I really liked the murals, statues and the fact that it was in the style of Angkor Wat. It makes it interesting to shoot.
“Also the overgrown makes it look like a lost ancient civilization. They did a good job copying those murals, carvings and statues.
“It was a really nice roadfind. There are not that many interesting abandoned places in Thailand.
“The exterior looked the best. The inside was rather plain and boring and there was only one mural or carving and some remains of showers and sinks.
“Because it has been never used, there is not much of history known.
“It looks like the building project ran out of money several years ago, which happens often.
“In Asia they have a different view regarding abandoned buildings. Not everything needs to be finished.
“Without these great murals or carvings the location would be rather boring. Luckily here were a lot of beautiful elements to discover, each telling another story.”
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