Abandoned skyscrapers and haunted buildings are the settings for a new tourism trend that sees travelers explore creepy sites across Asia. The pastime of urban exploration is drawing travelers to investigate potentially dangerous places like the so-called Ghost Tower of Bangkok, Bali’s Haunted Resort and the deserted Dreamland theme park in Nara, Japan. Some of these sites are unguarded, allowing adventurous travelers easy access to them while others require explorers to bribe security guards to get inside. Also known as URBEX, urban exploration involves traversing man-made structures, typically ones which are abandoned, with the aim of either documenting them via video or still photography, or just for the sake of adventure. While it is not a particularly new activity its popularity has exploded in recent years on the back of the rise of travel blogging. YouTube is filled with thousands of videos of travel bloggers exploring deserted buildings across the world. These videos have inspired many ordinary tourists, particularly younger travelers, to follow suit and visit the same eerie sites. I first became aware of this travel trend while living on and off in Bangkok, Thailand, over the past five years. Countless times I have gone past the city’s infamous… Read full this story
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