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We've all heard the old wives' tale of knocking on your hotel room door just before entering as a display of respect – you wouldn't want to barge in on any ghostly business. Even so, there are just some hotels in this world (and the after) where manners aren't as effective as bibles or talismans in subduing spiritual grudges. Sit tight as KKday rounds you through the top 5 most haunted hotels in Asia where it's probably safer to visit Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights instead.
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First World Hotel may have earned its title as the world's largest hotel in the Guinness Records, but having all that space isn't entirely a good thing. Located right next to a casino, the hotel hits the jackpot for being the it place to kill oneself after losing a gamble.
Now, imagine all that space that goes unexplored in First World Hotel — vacant rooms, dark stairwells, that eerie toilet tingling your sixth sense — Halloween doesn't seem that much fun anymore. Guests have reported sightings of apparitions lurking in First World Hotel's hallways, whilst others claimed to have been kept awake the whole night by faint sobbing and cries for help.
2. Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
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Paranormal activity never fails Thailand, does it? Baiyoke Sky Hotel may be situated in the heart of Bangkok's shopping paradise but all good things come with a price. It is said that three billboard installers died from losing their footing on the 69th level of a suspended platform at Baiyoke Sky Hotel Tower II. Previous guests reviewed their stay to be "horrible", and have reported a creepy feeling of "being watched" while in their rooms alone.
3. Asia Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
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Yet another infamous haunting ground for the restless in Bangkok, Asia Hotel ranks third on our list. The hotel itself looks like a revisit into the 1970s, but definitely not in the good way. Dimly lit, the rooms are ancient and moldy — ideal for our fellow yin friends to thrive. There are several versions of spine-chilling stories and encounters that has been associated with the hotel, but the spookiest we've heard was from a guest who woke up from a sudden sinking motion onto the mattress beside her, like as if someone invisible had just sat down next to her. Yikes.
4. The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India
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Imagine investing blood, sweat and tears on a beloved construction project, only to be back from a holiday after its completion and realising the entire design had gone wrong. That was exactly what happened to the The Taj Mahal Palace's chief architect, W. A. Chambers. Now crowned as the hotel's resident ghost, Chambers had travelled to France just before the project's fruition and returned to discover The Taj Mahal Palace was built entirely opposite from what he had in mind. Chambers was so heartbroken, he killed himself in the very hotel he constructed.
5. Langham Place, Hong Kong
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Feeling a little lonely on a solo holiday trip to Hong Kong? Book a room with Langham Place. The hotel seems to have an affinity with phantoms. Guests who have stayed in Langham Place claimed they heard spooky tapping noises right next to their ear whilst others reported to have felt an unseen presence following them around the hotel room. Boy, aren't we glad they escaped unscathed to tell their story today.
If you've got guts of steel or are looking to star in the next Ouija: Origin of Evil movie, try staying a night in those 5 scariest hotels in Asia tis' Halloween season. Go against hotel taboos whilst you're there and you might find yourself lucky with a couple of special "friends" who will be more than happy to play.
"Knock, knock. Who's there?" It's better not to find out.
Spice up your Halloween this year with these petrifying activities:
>> Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
>> Jack The Ripper, Haunted London and Sherlock Holmes Tour
>> Ghost Bus Tour
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