The ghosts of Asia are among the most well-known in the world for being truly frightful, and have inspired horror movies. Oceania, too, has their share of paranormal activity, which is used to rake in some moolah through their special tours.

Located in what was once the seedy side of town, Sydney's Russell Hotel used to be a sailors hostel and said to be frequented by prostitute ghosts. Photo: Russell Hotel Sydney

Located in what was once the seedy side of town, Sydney’s Russell Hotel used to be a sailors hostel and said to be frequented by prostitute ghosts. Photo: Russell Hotel Sydney

1. Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia

If you stay at the Russell Hotel in The Rocks, Sydney, Australia, you might encounter ghosts of ill repute, as this was formerly a sailor’s hostel located in a crime-filled part of what was once a seedy slum. The ghost of a colonial-era sailor is said to haunt Room 8, wandering around the halls or standing and staring at you as you sleep. Other spirits, including those of seamen as well as prostitutes, have been sighted too. It’s not surprising then that the hotel is pimping out its ghosts with tours.

The original owners of the Monte Cristo Homestead are said to have never left their home. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The original owners of the Monte Cristo Homestead are said to have never left their home. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2. Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia

What could be more interesting than staying at a B&B if you visit New South Wales, Australia, during halloween? You can enjoy dinner, a ghost tour and stay overnight at what is reputedly “Australia’s most haunted house”. Built in 1884 by Christopher William Crawley, the homestead is said to still be haunted by the ghosts of Crawley and his wife, Elizabeth, to this day. There are also the spirits from tragic tales attached to the place, including a maid, supposedly made pregnant by Crawley, who committed suicide by jumping off a balcony; a nanny throwing a baby girl down the stairs to her death; and a stable boy who was burned to death. How morbid! (Watch the video below.)

If you check into the Grand Hyatt in Taipei, you might have a former WWII prisoner-of-war as your unwanted roommate. But fear not, for feng shui experts have been called in to help keep such spirits at bay. Photo: Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei

If you check into the Grand Hyatt in Taipei, you might have a former WWII prisoner-of-war as your unwanted roommate. But fear not, for feng shui experts have been called in to help keep such spirits at bay. Photo: Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei

3. Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

Built over a former World War II prison camp, the prestigious Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei is said to be haunted by the spirits of prisoners who were executed there. Unlike other famous haunted hotels, this one does not capitalise on its “haunted past” by offering ghost tours though. Instead, feng shui experts were called in, and Chinese calligraphy and sacred scrolls were installed in strategic spots in the hotel in hopes of warding off the spirits seen wandering in the corridors or making noise in the rooms. Anyway, if you stay here, don’t forget to knock on the door before entering the room because you don’t want to catch any of the ghosts unawares; they wouldn’t like that!

The Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie, India, was the inspiration for Agatha Christies The Mysterious Affair At Styles, and said by some to be haunted due to the murders that have occurred there. Photo: TripAdvisor India

The Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie, India, was the inspiration for Agatha Christies The Mysterious Affair At Styles, and said by some to be haunted due to the murders that have occurred there. Photo: TripAdvisor India

4. The Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie, India

The Savoy Hotel in the hill station of Mussoorie, India, was the inspiration for Agatha Christie’s novel, The Mysterious Affair At Styles. In 1911, a spiritualist who specialised in seances and crystal-gazing was found dead, poisoned with a cyanide-based poison, but the murder was never solved. Her doctor was also found dead a few months later, of strychnine poisoning. It is not surprising that it is said to be one of the spookiest hotels in India. Witnesses have reported hearing unexplainable noises and seeing a ghost walking aimlessly through its halls. Now, that’s what I call a mystery!

Japanese horror movies are some of the scariest, and guests of Akasaka Weekly Mansion (now Hotel MyStays Akasaka) might be able to understand where their inspiration comes from. Photo: Hotel MyStays Akasaka

Japanese horror movies are some of the scariest, and guests of Akasaka Weekly Mansion (now Hotel MyStays Akasaka) might be able to understand where their inspiration comes from. Photo: Hotel MyStays Akasaka

5. Akasaka Weekly Mansion, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese horror movies are some of the scariest, and guests of Akasaka Weekly Mansion might be able to understand where their inspiration comes from. It is said that Building 1 is the most haunted because of the many suicides and sudden deaths that have happened there. Guests have claimed to have seen ghostly mists from the air vents, woken up in the middle of the night to see a pale apparition disappear from the foot of their bed, and even felt icy hands stroking their hair and fondling their private parts as they slept. Men have reported feeling female hands touching them while women have reported feeling strong, rough hands holding them down. Hmm … kinky, if you are into that sort of thing.

** UPDATE: We have been informed that this building has been demolished.