This is how HotelClub describes it:
At first glance, it is easy to write off the Asia Hotel in Bangkok as spooky. The corridors are dimly lit and rooms quite old and musty. Lights flicker on and off in the dead of night. A typical story involves guests waking up just in time to see ghostly figures sitting on the sofa staring at them, only to vanish into thin air.
As reported by member “Ariel” at the La-kopi forum (March 14, 2007):
Got “something” lor…. Lights flickered or go off… ask techician to fix liao happen again… room extremely cold 24 hrs… whole night maciam got people sitting at sofa staring at you… Won’t die one lah… just avoid those rooms on those floors with no windows. I stayed in Room 444 when the shyt happened….
From the SGClub.com froum (August 24, 2008):
asia hotel is definitely haunted. i believe most hotel are haunted. depends on our luck whether we will get such rooms or not. had some personal experience at asia hotel few yrs back and definitely i wont dare to stay there ever again. i wont take corner room and if travel agency or hotel say they r fully wont. dont ask them to make special arrangement or else they might give u those rooms which are not available normally.
yes we got those “special rooms” that time. long story thou. book our air tickets and hotel thru a agency at natas fair few yrs back. but that agency somehow miss out our bookin, thus asia hotel was fully book by then. we were very unhappy becos everyone was saying the location of asia hotel is good further we have to pay extra for other hotels. In the end we spoke to the manager. few days later he told us there were rooms available for us already. din’t think that much that time.
we book 2 rooms. given to us was the last 2 rooms at the corner. me n a frd took the last room. whenever we walk into the room, we can feel a strong “force” going oppsite us. and the room have this “dusty” smell which seems like the room have not been occupied for a long time. But we were all too excited to go out shopping and not fussy abt room conditions. So we dint care much. its until things that happen subsquently……….
that was back during my poly days. its all our 1st trip overseas with frds but a memorable 1. after we checked in, we unpack our stuffs. suddenly my frd say “HUH”. she thot i was talkin to her which i did not.
on the 1st night. pple who stay at asia hotel will know. they use those dim orangy lights through the whole hotel. the toilet was quite dim too. when i was washing my face at the basin, when i lift up my head i saw a man’s face right beside mine on the mirror. it was gone within spilt seconds so i thot might be my wrong vision and continue to take my shower. i didnt tell my frds abt it as i dun wan to spoil their mood or over-reacting.
its until 2nd night when we have our dinner. my frds who were stayin at the room next to us told us that they saw black shadowe flashin pass and hear murmurings when they are in their room. so in the end 4 of end up sleeping in our room on the 2nd night. i still not tell them wat i saw at the toliet. it was a wrong decision to move to our room. the feeling when u walk into their room and ours is totally diff. we feel very cosy when entering their room. but our room have that “unoccupied smell” and a pressure when we enter.
before we when back to the hotel, my frd who was stayin with me keep complain she was very sleepy n tired but the weird things is that. once she is back to our room. she just couldnt sleep. while i was sleeping that night, i feel that something was “touching” up and down my body. but to keep calm i told myself its my blood flowing. until the final strike. i start hearing knock sounds from the end of our beds where we put our lagguage. the knock sound keep occuring until i finally cant take it. i wake my frds up who were already sleepin like dead logs. i went forward to check. its the sound make by the handle of my lagguage. when the handle is lifted up, once release it will have the knockin sound.
i told them somethings wrong. without asking much, we rush down to the lobby to request for a change of room. but the reception told us the hotel was already fully book at the moment. Then we realise they might have gave us those “special rooms” becos we insisted of stayin at asia hotel. we stay at the lobby until morning. its the 1st time we encounter such incident. we realise there is a statue of four-face buddha just outside the hotel. there the story continues….
we when back to my room n move all our stuff to the next room. we have our half day city tour on the 3rd day. we told our guide wat happen. his reply is “asia STILL have?”. he told us that it shouldnt happen after they have the statue of four-face buddha there. we ask him what other hotels is haunted. i can only remember he told us baiyoke sky hotel.
the 3rd night was peaceful after we move to the room where my frds black shadow flashing pass. i saw it too but compare to the other room. it was much better. gd sleep that night.
A Jun 13, 2009, post at globalsoundis.livejournal.com quotes a couple of the above accounts, and a couple of others, and also gives this background for the possible occurrences:
I can still recall newspaper reports about a big fire which engulfed parts of a Bangkok Hotel in the 1980s. Sensational tabloid-style headings splashed across the Chinese evening papers for the entire week, carrying riveting reports of the death lists which included many Singaporeans. The body of a popular Singaporean singer by the name of Shi Ni (詩妮) was found charred almost beyond recognition in the hotel’s nightclub. I still have recollection of her appearance of the popular Channel 8 variety show programme, belting out Chinese 80s pop…..and then suddenly, she’s gone, in a tragic way and in a foreign land. “詩妮母女，緊抱一処，髒身火海“(Shi Ni and Mum perished in fire — bodies found hugging tightly to each other) – read the tabloid news on the very front page of the two evening papers. I followed the tragic event very closely for that week, and i must admit that, for a very young boy, my command of the Chinese language was quite way beyond my years to be able to comprehand the evening papers so well.
And of course, the name of the unfortunate hotel is etched deeply in my mind till this very day – Asia Hotel in Bangkok. Today, few people can still remember that fire twenty years ago……….but the myriad of spooky encounters by my friends and members of the internet community attests to the grim past of the hotel…..
From the forum Keeptouch (March 23, 2005):
err i didnt stay there b4 la..bt my frd been there many times n most of the time he will experienced it 😮 his sis oso ever saw it…while they were opening the door, she saw a boy playing with a ball runing along the corridor and disappear thru the thin wall n they dare not went back to the room until the next day
There may be an account at a forum on Talkback.stomp.com.sg. The thread is started on February 11, 2008, by member ‘kikoman82’ asking if the Asia Hotel is haunted. Then after three comments in March (2008) concerning another hotel, the original poster pipes up on March 12 (2008) with this:
I just came back from there
I booked 3 rooms in total as I went with my family.
At nite, I heard voices and low growls in interval, and I heard strange sounds too. I ignored it as I thot the sounds came from the road but when I chk it out the next morning, i had the shock of my life, there isnt any road next to my room but only still wall.
Next my uncle told me he was slapped on the head a few times at nite before he sleep. We are all ready to go out for nite shopping and he decided to stay in his room to sleep but later he decided to join us for shopping, and he was looking pale and panicky. He refused to tell us wat happened….we probed him again and he only revealed it to us when we reached sg
So I don’t know if the reference is to the hotel the three previous commenters in the thread had been talking about, or if the original poster had actually come back from a stay at the Asia Hotel.
From member ‘Starnight starbright (starnight)’ (December 30, 2009) at a forum on SingaporeBrides.com:
I stayed 5-6 times in Asia Hotel as I really loved the location. However, my hubby felt something was jumping on our bed in the middle of the night during the 6th time and after that we didnt stay there anymore when we visited BKK.
Recently, I read a thread in Flowerpod forum on Asia hotel and surprised to see so many people having the same experience ie. bed shaking/vibrating in Asia hotel…hmm
A mention on page 2 of a thread at a ClubSNAP forum by member ‘SianZronG’ (December 5, 2006) might be nothing more than skittishness:
what asia and first old win is hunted? i was stayin in the first OLD WING! and my girlfriend was scared to shower cause of the sounds in the bathroom which apparently i didn’t hear. hm…. i guess i’m the kinda that choose not to see or hear anything. =P
Best Resort Asia has a piece on the Top 10 haunted hotels in Asia that includes the hotel, but mentions nothing new:
With one glance you would deemed Asia Hotel to be just another spooky hotel in Bangkok. The overall hotel is dimly lit and rooms are old and musty. A typical story involves guests waking up just in time to see ghostly figures sitting on the sofa staring at them, only to vanish into thin air. A big fire engulfed parts of the hotel in the 80’s. The body of a Singaporean singer by the name of Shi Ni was found charred beyond recognition in the hotel’s nightclub.
I think that’s enough!
Note: I am doing an edit to this post on May 21, 2012. Here are a few other absolutely unrelated ghost references:
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Publish Date: 05/17/2012 16:27
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Publish Date: 05/18/2012 16:09
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Publish Date: 05/19/2012 16:56
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Publish Date: 05/21/2012 10:00
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Publish Date: 05/21/2012 5:00
Black Friday / Friday the 13th – Ghost Hotel 2
Uploaded by 13mordeth on Nov 24, 2009
Black Friday has some great sales. You can get a PS3 with two great games (InFamous and Batman Asylum) at Wal-Mart if you live in America or Canada. Continuing the series. This one is so-so…….but with any series you get the good with the bad.