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post by YoelT   |  | 
Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
< on 1/8/2022 11:31 AM >

First time I saw this place was on this UER post from 2011.

Nearly a decade later, I manage to get there myself. I distinctly remember the OG pics from ElExplorador (which are no longer online) to be a bit more mysterious and overgrown with jungle. Judging from the historical satellite pics, it appears that a defoliating (defoliaging?) effort took place at some point, which made it much easier to walk around but less visually spectacular.

This resort was first known as the Rusalka Resort. Rusalka is Russian for mermaid. (Nha Trang has been a popular holiday location for Russian beach goers for decades.) Later the name was changed to Champarama Resort and Spa. Development started around 2000 but ended mid-construction in 2005 when the head of the investment company was arrested. The construction was unfinished until the site was replaced by the Vega City development in 2020. Vega City seems like a pretty ambitious project so I expect it to be an additional urbex site in about 5 years.

The most obvious characteristic of the villas are the high, steeply pitched thatched roofs. These are designed to mimic the Kon Tum Communal House of the Ba Na ethnic group of Vietnam. It's also called a Rong House. Note that only one community hall in the center of the village would have this design, not every house in a Ba Na village.


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Champarama Resort [46922] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46883] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46953] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46992] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46993] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

6. Would have been a nice view in that pool.
Champarama Resort [46694] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46691] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46743] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46716] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

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Champarama Resort [46944] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr

11. And finally, the guard tower:

Champarama Resort [47003] by Yoel Taomas, on Flickr


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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 1 on 1/8/2022 2:53 PM >

Your link to the 2011 thread didn't work. "Sorry, but you don't have enough access rights to see this thread."

Found an article about the site and a more recent update that might explain what's been going on there since.

It looks like an interesting place, and too bad all the Russian tourists have had to look elsewhere.

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post by Joel   |  | RED DRAGONS!!!!

Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 2 on 1/9/2022 1:52 AM >

Very nice set! That is a really cool place, I appreciate you sharing it! Stay safe


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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 3 on 1/9/2022 5:23 AM >

Posted by Steed
Your link to the 2011 thread didn't work. "Sorry, but you don't have enough access rights to see this thread."

Found an article about the site and a more recent update that might explain what's been going on there since.

It looks like an interesting place, and too bad all the Russian tourists have had to look elsewhere.



hmm, maybe I copied a weird wrong url?
does this work?:
https://uer.ca/for...urrpage=1&pp#post0

Not sure the year on the later article, but the attempts to revive the project went no where. Looks like at some point they removed from vegetation and dumped more dirt for land reclamation and then abandoned it again.

A more recent description of the development is here and some construction has started:
https://chungcuhn2...ga-city-nha-trang/





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But it looks pretty optimistic, and i'd give it a 5% chance it will look anything like that when finished. I'd hope most it starts construction because it will be a really nice urbex site.


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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 4 on 1/9/2022 5:27 AM >

Still doesn't work. Does it lead to a private board? There aren't many parts of this site I don't have access to.


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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 5 on 1/9/2022 2:43 PM >

Posted by Steed
Still doesn't work. Does it lead to a private board? There aren't many parts of this site I don't have access to.


That's really odd, it's just the World forum archive.

What if you do a thread title search for

"Cannibalized Beach Paradise, Vietnam"

Post is from

2011-06-12>

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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 6 on 1/9/2022 2:56 PM >

I can find it and the link is the same, but I bet if I post the link it will still have the same problem:

https://www.uer.ca...urrpage=1&pp#post0


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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 7 on 1/10/2022 5:31 AM >

Posted by Steed
I can find it and the link is the same, but I bet if I post the link it will still have the same problem:

https://www.uer.ca...urrpage=1&pp#post0


Your link works for me, does it work for you?


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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 8 on 1/10/2022 6:49 AM >

Posted by YoelT


Your link works for me, does it work for you?


Mine works for me too, but yours still don't, even though they're identical. Even curiouser...


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post by randomesquephoto   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 9 on 1/11/2022 1:49 AM >

This is really great!

Keep the cool stuff going!

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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 10 on 1/11/2022 6:03 AM >

Posted by randomesquephoto
This is really great!

Keep the cool stuff going!


thanks!


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post by YoelT   |  | 
Re: Mermaid-o-rama Thatched-roof Beach Resort
<Reply # 11 on 1/11/2022 6:22 AM >

I have posted a detailed write up with the most recent info on this place (RIP):

https://www.yoelta...-resort-developers


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