By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie

A DESERTED beachside mansion in southern Thailand has retained its beauty – despite no one living there for more than 25 years

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This picturesque mansion has been left to rot

In June this year photographer, Dax Ward, ventured to the Prachuap Khiri-Khan Province to capture the haunting attraction on camera. 

Dax, 37, said: “Built in the mid 1990's but abandoned at some point during construction, this unfurnished mansion holds an atypical décor which sets it apart from other structures in rural Thailand.

Photographer Dax Ward captured its remaining beauty on camera

“There are a number of strange rumours surrounding what I call the Dolphin Bay Mansion; many say this place is now haunted.

“Whatever the reason for its construction and subsequent dereliction, this garish site is unlike any other I’ve seen.

It was abandoned during construction in the mid 90s

“It’s so over-the-top in terms of grandiosity that it seems to belong to 17th century pre-revolution France.”

Dax understands the property surrounding the mansion has gradually been sold off over the years.

There are rumours the mansion is haunted

“The location is off limits to the public,” he said.

“With a three metre wall surrounding a third of the perimeter and a guard on duty 24 hours a day – most of the pictures I took were from behind the wall.

“I had to be creative and get the shots that I wanted with visitors not welcome.”

The surrounding land has gradually been sold off
The mansion itself is still up for sale

The mansion is still up for sale and Dax admits if he had the disposable income, he would consider buying the stunning property himself.

He said: “I was overwhelmed by the strange beauty of this one-of-a-kind place.

Dax has wanted to photograph this location for years

“I really see it as a piece of art rather than an actual habitat abode – it didn’t strike me as a cosy house.

“I’m very happy I was finally able to shoot this amazing place. The mansion has been on my mind for years since I first discovered it.

“Being able to document this special site was a great experience!”