Some foreigners find it amusing that Thai People take Ghost stories so seriously. Conversely, some Thai people find the fascination that westerners have with UFO’s and Aliens to be equally bizarre. In the west, some people tend to think that superstitions are silly but if you look a bit closer you’ll find that there are just as many supernatural beliefs in other countries as there are in Thailand. Every culture has its own set of Ghosts and Ghouls and here are five of Thailand’s most notorious ones to look out for.
Mae Nak Phra kanong
Probably the most famous ghost in Thailand, Mae Nak is supposedly based on actual events that took place in the 19th Century. She even has her own shrine by the Phra Khanong canal in Bangkok. The story goes that she died while her husband was away at war. When her husband Mak returned, he believed that her ghost was actually her and they lived together for a while.
Thai people believe that wicked people are reborn as ugly beings who drink their own blood and puss. Ewww.
The ghost of a person who made a living deceiving others. When they die, they are said to possess the bodies of people who are of a similar nature. Another variation of this ghost is about a woman who uses black magic but does the spell incorrectly, causing her head to become detachable.
Similar to Krasue, this ghost is a sorcerer whose magic backfired on him, making it so that he lives a normal life during the day but becomes a ghost at night.
A gentle, beautiful ghost who is said to live in a banana tree. She hovers above the ground and it is said that men can summon her by urinating on banana trees. Now that’s a Ghost!