26 October 2018
When you visit Thailand, your attention may be on experiencing the culture of the land, such as the markets, the history, the land markets or even keen to find a Bangkok escort to take out on a date during the night. However, have you ever considered looking into the alternative landmarks of the city? As October approaches, you may want to get into the spirit of Halloween on your holiday by visiting some spooky places. Here are some suggestions to get you started on your horror travels.
With a culture that is imbued in traditions of the supernatural and spiritualism, it is no surprise that there is a park that shows all of this horror in one area.
The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden presents a Buddhist nightmare of what happens to sinners should they lead a bad life, even presenting visitors with different welcoming signs of "Welcome to Hell", "If you meet the Devil in this life, don’t postpone merit-making which will help you to defeat him in the next life" and “Donate a little each day and you’ll have a happy life.”
The garden itself is filled with disturbing statues of different humans being tortured for their sins by demons. Each area is dedicated to a different sin, though in the Buddhist culture there is said to be around 136 pits that waiting in Hell for sinners.
So if you are in the mood for a good scare from some deformed and tortured statues, this park is certainly the place you should be at.
This suggestion is certainly not for the faint of heart, especially if they have an innate fear of coming face to face with a mummified corpse.
Luang Pho Daeng was a monk who decided to undertake an intense ritual of self-mummification. Consequently, he died whilst meditating and his body was placed in a glass case in the Wat Khunaram temple in Koh Samui. Even now, you can go and see the body which is spookily still perfectly preserved. However, there have been rumors that geckos were found to be hiding in the body and have even laid eggs within it.
The appearance of the mummy is quite startling, especially since it now wears sunglasses to hide its empty eye sockets, and it can make a very interesting day trip to see, however do remember to be respectful once you see it. After all, Luang Pho Daeng was a respected monk and it is certainly not worth being dis-respectful towards the dead.
You have heard of haunted houses and haunted forests, but in Thailand, one of the most haunted spots is actually an island called the Satun Province. Supposedly haunted by the God Tarutao, it is said that anyone who takes one of its stones from its island is cursed with bad luck.
Whilst you may think this is an old wives’ tale, the National Park office of the island still receives a number of stones in the mail from people who have taken them from the shore. It is unclear as to whether this is due to guilt or the curse, but it certainly is a spooky place to go for a walk. Try not to return home with any unwanted additions attached to you.
Overall, Thailand is a place of great diversity and great culture. Whilst each of these places may seem scary, they are steeped in history and can introduce you to some interesting traditions within Thailand’s culture. Indulge and have fun on your holiday Halloween!