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Int'l tourist complexes abandoned in one of world's most beautiful bays in central Vietnam

Int'l tourist complexes abandoned in one of world's most beautiful bays in central Vietnam

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 18:34 GMT+7
Int'l tourist complexes abandoned in one of world's most beautiful bays in central Vietnam
The Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex is abandoned in Lang Co Bay, one of the world's most beautiful bays, in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Two international tourist complexes in one of the world's most beautiful bays in Thua Thien-Hue Province, central Vietnam have been left deserted for years.

In contrast to luxurious and imposing resorts nearby, Minh Vien Lang Co and Mediterranean Legend, two international tourist complexes in Lang Co Bay have been deteriorating day by day.

The bay, located in Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, was elected as the 30th member of the World's Most Beautiful Bays Club in May 2009, during the fifth summit of the club in Setubal, Portugal.

Work began on the Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex project, whose investor is Minh Vien Joint Stock Company, a Chinese-Vietnamese joint venture, in 2018. 

The project covers 102 hectares of land and carries a price tag of US$368 million.

It was designed to include hotels, a resort, a convention center, and auxiliary services meeting five-star international standards.

The project was expected to be put into operation in the first quarter of this year.

The project was suspended in 2020. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex project was suspended in 2020. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

However, only some hotels and the resort have been completed and left unused. They are now degraded and overgrown with weeds.

The project site has even become a landfill for locals, while the surveillance cameras and trees there have been damaged.

Some local residents even graze goats at the site of the project which was earlier expected to be a world-class tourist complex.  Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Some local residents even graze goats at the site of the Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex project, which was earlier expected to be a world-class tourist development. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

All-terrain vehicles at the Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex have been rusty. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

All-terrain vehicles at the Minh Vien Lang Co tourist complex have been rusty. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Villas are incomplete and abandoned. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Villas are incomplete and abandoned. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A rusty and broken camera pole inside the Minh Vien Lang Co project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A rusty and broken camera pole inside the Minh Vien Lang Co project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Mediterranean Legend, whose developer is Vicoland Development House and Construction Group JSC, faces the same fate.

The project costs over VND600 billion ($23.5 million).

It was kicked off in 2016 on a 6.9-hectare land lot with an expectation of becoming a world-class tourist complex. The project was envisaged to feature 52 villas, hotels, a hall, and apartments. 

At the time, the investor pledged to complete the project by 2018.

At present, the project remains incomplete and work on it has been suspended.

The Mediterranean Legend project is left deserted. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

The Mediterranean Legend project is left deserted. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A representative of the Thua Thien-Hue Management Board of Economic and Industrial Zones attributed the delay in the two projects to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for the Minh Vien Lang Co project, it was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, preventing the Chinese investor from entering Vietnam.

The administration in Thua Thien-Hue Province has worked with the investor to check its financial capacity and resume the project, according to the representative.

Meanwhile, the investor of the Mediterranean Legend project fails to continue work on it because of financial difficulties, the official added.

A makeshift fence is erected surrounding the project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

A makeshift fence is erected around the project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Incomplete villas at the Mediterranean Legend project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

Incomplete villas at the Mediterranean Legend project. Photo: Nhat Linh / Tuoi Tre

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