Asia is home to many interesting sights and attractions which make it a popular tourist destination. But if you are a traveler, you should know that aside from the world's most amazing places, there are also haunted spots in Asia that are definitely not for the faint of heart. Here's a guest post from AlltheRooms.com that features 7 of the creepiest hotels in the region.
Did you know that East and Southeast Asia are full of frights? If you don’t believe us, just check out some of the haunted spots across the Philippines alone. But if you’re a true daredevil and wants to fully immerse yourself in the creepiest places on earth, how about staying in a haunted hotel? Things moving in the night? Check. A terrifying backstory? Check. If you can handle the bumps and screams, as well as the occasional ghost, check into one of these top haunted hotels in Asia.
1. Grand Hyatt (Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan)
Reportedly built atop a World War II prison camp, the Grand Hyatt Taipei, in Taipei, Taiwan, is no stranger to a ghost story or two. Hotel guests report strange happenings, including disembodied knocks on door and windows at night, voices in the halls, and ghosts lurking about. The ghosts are said to be that of the prisoners of war who were executed on the site. The hotel supposedly has two talismen at the entrance, a gift to ward off spirits.
2. Baiyoke Sky Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)
Head over to Thailand, which is in the top Southeast Asia travel destinations, for stunning natural wonders, great wildlife, and one of the most haunted hotels in Asia. The Baiyoke Sky Hotel, in Thailand’s bustling capital city of Bangkok, is supposedly haunted after three workers fell to their deaths in 2012 when the gondola holding them up to the 69th floor, snapped. Since its opening, hotel guests have reported numerous haunted happenings -- things being moved around in rooms, feeling a cold hand when no one is there, and footsteps in the night, to name a few.
3. Marroad International Hotel (Narita Airport, Narita, Japan)
Booking a flight to Tokyo, Japan? Make your stay an easy ride from the airport, and stay at the Marroad International Hotel by the Narita Airport -- that is, if you can handle it. The hotel is reported to be crawling with ghouls and ghosts who leave the taps running at night, or wander around the rooms above guests -- even if you're on the top floor of the hotel. The creepiest part, however, is that the hotel was also once home to a cult that locked themselves in their room for four months, and when the police finally entered, they found the rotting corpse of one of the cult members.
4. First World Hotel (Genting Highlands, Malaysia)
This hotel and casino is located in the Genting Highlands of Malaysia, a popular getaway for Malaysians and tourists alike for its thrills -- from the amusement parks to the casinos to the frights of the First World Hotel. As a hotel attached to a casino, it’s no wonder the First World Hotel is haunted. These combinations are said to be deadly, as many unsatisfied and depressed casino guests are said to take their lives in the hotel rooms. The hotel in Malaysia is no exception. The hotel is said to be haunted with the ghosts of many of these former casino patrons, as well as darker forces. Many guests have reported feelings of large presence pressing down on them in the middle of the night, and the entire 21st floor is completely off limits -- not even the elevator will stop there.
5. Yu Shan Fan Dian (Chengde, China)
If you’re into Chinese history during your trip, head to the Yu Shan Fan Dian, in Chengde along the Yangtze River, just north of Beijing. The hotel now sits on what was once an imperial resort and part of the Qing Dynasty. Guests in the Yu Shan Fan Dian Hotel today report sightings of the ghost of Empress Dowager Cixi, who is said to roam the halls and rooms of the building.
6. Asia Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)
The old hotel in Bangkok is the perfect backdrop for a creepy movie. The narrow, dark halls, the outdated decor, the musty smells, plus, of course, the unwelcome guests. Guests at the Asia Hotel Bangkok regularly report eerie encounters, such as vanishing ghosts and sights, flickering lights, an icy cold hand, or the sound of a crying baby when no-one is around. If the hotel decor isn’t enough to give you the shivers, then surely the added features and guests will.
7. Hotel Pelabuhan (Ratu, Indonesia)
While some hotels are haunted by ghosts and goons, this one is plagued by something else. The hotel in Indonesia is haunted by Nyai Loro Kidul, the Goddess of the South Seas. Specifically, Room 308 is haunted. It’s said that the goddess lures fishermen and anyone wearing green along the shores into the sea to bring them to her underwater love nest. Swimmers are advised not to wear any green while visiting town, to avoid an unfortunate death. The hotel’s Room 308 is permanently reserved for the goddess, and decked out entirely in green, in case she should visit.