This is a translated article from Koosang Koosom Magazine, written by Sigarn from Phayao in Thai Language, translated by Nye.
In April 2002 (Thai year 2545) my mom and I went vacationing in Phuket and we stayed with my mom’s relatives, which she asked me to call them Khun Tar (grandpa) and Khun Yai (grandma). They lived by themselves, and their house was very serene with lots of trees in their yard. They had 2 huge dogs, both were Rottweilers, they were caged up in back of the house during the day, and let loose to roam inside the gated yard at night.
It was about 2-3 days into our staying when Khun Tar and Khun Yai had to go to their Palm farm in Krabi and had to stay overnight, so they asked my mom and I to house sit for them. My mom once told me that Khun Tar’s son was not here, I took it that he got married and moved out. My mom didn’t talk much about her siblings or relatives.
At dust, my mom fed the dogs, and let them out from their cage. She locked the front gate, the doors and was getting ready for bed. My mom asked me to sleep in the same room as her, but I wanted to watch TV in the den. She looked concerned and bewildered, kept asking me several times to come to bed, but I was being stubborn, and wanted to watch TV, then I think I must have drifted off to sleep.
I’m not sure how long I was asleep, but I woke up in the middle of the night, I felt chills and noticed that it was kind of eerie in the room. The two Rottweilers started barking and howling, and they stopped outside the window of the den that I fell asleep, I’m not sure when the TV and lights went off.
In the midst of the darkness and dogs howling, I heard footsteps of someone walking and dragging a rope slowly toward me. Then what I saw was a tall dark shadow stood at the end of the sofa that I used as a bed. I felt chills, I hadn’t have enough time to gather my thoughts and didn’t have a chance to yell for my mom, the huge dark shadows started to strangle me with his rope, I couldn’t breath and the rope got tighter and tighter. I tried to free myself but couldn’t. I was afraid, I had never faced anything this scary before, and the two Rottweilers were still howling and kept scratching the window with their front paws.
I thought I was going to die, and I couldn’t scream for help. I tried to free myself and my foot kicked the lamp on the end table next to the sofa, it made a loud noise when it hit the floor. It must have woke my mom up because she rushed out to see what was going on, and at that instant the shadow and rope disappeared. My mom asked of what was happening, and I told her. She appeared shocked and held me tight, then led me to her room.
The next morning, my mom took me to the nearby Wat (Buddhist Temple) to Tum Boun (merit making) and receive blessing water. After the Boun event, my mom then told me that Khun Tar and Khun Yai had a son that was 20 years old, he hung himself in that house and no one knew why. Khun Tar and Khun Yai would Tum Boun (merit making) for their son every year, and he had not come around for several years until last night. My mom teased me that his spirit might have come to greet me. After I heard this, I was even more afraid because I never thought that anything like this would happen to me, I never thought that ghost spirits exist. After that incident, I didn’t dare visit Khun Tar and Khun Yai in Phuket again.