Be warned and read at your own risk! Ghost-hunting and heart-stopping visits to abandoned or haunted destinations are not everyone’s cup of tea. But for the daredevils and the horror fanatics, they make the perfect itinerary.
With Halloween round the corner, it is that time of the year again to immerse yourself in the quest for spine-tingling adventures. To quench your horror-fix, we’ve pulled together the following destinations of choice and invites you to unravel the chilling stories that lie beneath each of these unique vacation slots. Abandoned hallways, an inn full of mysterious sightings, a heartbreaking love story gone wrong…some of these may just haunt you as you go to bed tonight. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
- Tat Tak School, Hong Kong
Mystery lovers and horror movie enthusiasts are no strangers to Tat Tak School, dubbed as one of the most haunted locations in Hong Kong. The place used to be a burial site for villagers who died protesting in 1898 before it turned into a school…where a female teacher hanged herself in the toilet. Today, the now-abandoned building is the subject of many horror stories, including reports of suicide and unexplainable sightings of a woman in red, said to be the teacher herself. The tales are so haunting that taxi drivers in Hong Kong have declined to drive through the road leading to the school—and the fact that this building is surrounded by a graveyard probably doesn’t help either!
- Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Known to be Britain’s most haunted B&B, the Ancient Ram Inn was built in 1145, but one well-known legend started in the 1500s. A witch was burned at the stake at the height of prosecutions against those who did not practice government-sanctioned Christianity. Her spirit is said to haunt the room, now known as “The Witch’s Room”, where she took refuge shortly before she was captured and murdered. If that still doesn’t make you shudder, the house is also said to be haunted by a murdered young girl called Rosie, a high priestess and even a male sex demon, known as an incubus. The B&B owner is no stranger to the paranormal activities within his home…but there’s no guarantee that these ‘extra guests’ won’t make you sleep with your eyes open at night.
- The Sathorn Unique (Ghost Tower), Bangkok, Thailand
The Sathron Unique was meant to be a majestic, 49-storey luxurious apartment complex located in downtown Bangkok with an unparalleled view overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Construction for the skyscraper started in 1990, but then a string of curious bad luck started to emerge. Asia’s financial crisis in 1997 crippled the project’s development, leaving the building uncompleted. Many reported that the tower itself was built upon a former burial ground. A string of graffiti depicting troubling images and thoughts started to surface in the bare wall, heightening its eerie aura. Several years later a body of a Swedish backpacker was found in 2014, where he reportedly hung himself on the 43rd floor. It was ruled out as a suicide in the end, but it sure gives the word ‘breath-taking’ a whole new meaning!
- Babinda Boulders (Devil’s Pool), Queensland, Australia
“He came for a visit and stayed forever.” There has never been a more fitting description to illustrate the story of Babinda Boulders, and it just happens to be what the signage near the site says.
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful Aborigine girl named Oolana, who was married to the tribe elder. Shortly after their marriage, another tribe moved into the area. It was then that Oolana met a handsome young man, Dyga, and the pair fell in love. As their forbidden love blossomed, the young lovers escaped their tribes and fled. Upon learning of their disappearance, the tribes’ leaders went in search for them and found the couple at Babinda Boulders.
Captured by members of their respective tribes, Dyga was dragged away but Oolana broke free, plunging herself into the deep waterhole while calling out for Dyga to follow her. Legend has it that today, Oolana is still searching for her lost lover, luring young men to join her in death, to what is also known today as the Devil’s Pool.
- Corregidor Island in the Philippines
A mix of tragedy and an astounding level of loyalty, the battle of Corregidor between Japan and the U.S is one exceptional war tale. Corregidor Island is home to the Malinta Tunnel, where it took ten years to be completed. During the battle in 1945, the American troops closed both ends of the tunnel, hence trapping the Japanese soldiers inside. They had nowhere to escape for eight days until they all committed suicide by bombing themselves inside the tunnel.
Today, life-sized statues are placed to depict the war scenes to preserve the memories, but memories are not the only thing that’s still ‘alive’. Tour members have reported multiple sightings of Japanese soldiers wandering aimlessly in the island at night.
Beyond just getting the thrills from bone-chilling spots in the world, it is always much more intriguing to learn about the background stories of how these places become some of the most haunted destinations today. The history—or even romance—aspects of it can become an appeal on its own, offering a unique twist to your visit. Tip: Always read up on the history before the visit, it just elevates the entire experience!
If Halloween is your favourite holiday, then maybe it is time to take up the dare and sign up for one of these hair-raising tours. There’s a saying “don’t play with fire” but we know for the dare devils, it doesn’t apply. All we can say is have a blast and don’t venture too deep into the unknown!
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