Weeks ago I was off with my very close friend to Thailand. It was the first time for us to travel that far away from Brazil, the first night was always the hardest... We both suffered jetlag and could not sleep...
We have both checked-in to our room and I went and took a shower. I found that there were some hair in the bath tub, I shook it off and thought that the house-keeping whom came for the room make-up must have been lazy.
After taking a shower I realize that my friend was looking at something behind the picture that was hanging on the wall.
"O que é isso?" (What is it?) I asked my friend. She turned around and made a "Yikes!" face.
"Hã?" (Like huh? Or something like that) She pointed at the behind of the picture signed to me that I had to come see it.
I looked at it and it seemed to me that it looked like an amulet. I told her that it may be something cultural in Thailand to put an amulet behind a picture.
"você tem certeza?" (Are you sure?) She asked. I told her that I will ask the front desk what that was about. We chatted through the night and got readied for the next day
The next day, I ask one of the hotel staff if there is a custom in Thailand to stick an amulet behind a picture, "No, but some people believe that if you find an amulet behind a picture in a hotel room, then that room is where some people had passed away. But don't worry, our hotel is safe. Have a good day, sir! Have a good day, madam!" and so we shook it off and went to eat our breakfast. (Half of it was because he had a quite heavy accent and we wanted to get away quick because of starvation lol)
We went to the famous temple and I tried to seek for information about haunted spots in Thailand, most information that I got was prisons and war-grounds, where none of tourists like us could reach. My friend was sleepy all day and had been sleeping in the bus when we are moving in-between spots (tourist spots). When the bus stopped, my friend woke and said "Roy, lembre-se de que a equipe disse que nada aconteceu? Mas encontramos o amuleto, certo? Ouvi falar desses rumores também." (Roy, remember the staff said nothing happened? But we found the amulet, right? I have heard of those rumors as well.) I teased her and said to her that she was thinking too much, as I will always advice people in this case, I told her "Não deixe o medo te conquistar" (Do not let fear conquer you), she nodded in a bad mood, I wonder if she disagreed my point or just sleepy.
We went back to our hotel to enjoy a dinner concert of an infamous local band (or are they hotel's band?) Old classical music and songs of the 90's, my friend said that she wanted to go back to the room and so we finished up our dinner and took a bottle of red wine up to our room to enjoy (it was cheap so we wanted to have some mood, we did not win a bingo game or any lotto tokens, oh yes we were in heaven lol).
As we went up to our room, by the elevator, I felt that something was watching us. I thought I was a little drunk, and told my friend that I may have only 1 glass for that night. When we reach our room both of us felt a temperature change, it was very cold. I thought it was the air conditioner and so I switched it off for a while. The room was still very cold and very I could feel something was watching us.
My friend made the "see?" face and she was packing and got ready to move, I did not know what to do and so I packed my things as well and called the front desk to request for a room change. We called out the duty manager and explained our situation to him and had told him about the amulet behind the picture.
The staff quickly arranged our new room and we moved along with them. We moved to a bigger room with better facilities. There was a balcony where we can see city view of Bangkok. My friend was happy about it and had quickly forgotten about what had happened (at least it seemed she had forgotten about it).
Days after when we were back to Brazil, I told some of my Asian friends about what had happened. Most said that the room is haunted, when they hear that part about the amulet. A few said that if we find hair especially long hair being cut off and spread around most probably someone could have had an incantation ritual (Thai black magic) in the room. I did a research too about the hotel that we stayed in; there is news back in the end of 80s that there was a fire in the hotel and 13 guests were killed...
No matter what, the first room that we stayed was indeed spooky, the hair left in the bath tub, the amulet behind the picture, sudden temperature changes, the feeling of someone watching... All that. Our trip was good but just a little eerie.
I guess for those of you whom are really curious had already guessed which hotel we stayed in, please do not name it, I feel that the staff there is trying their best to rebuild everyone's trust until today, just pray for the victims of the fire and hope they can rest in peace.
Love from São Paulo