Pahang, Malaysia is the third largest Malaysian state and is thinly populated. If you want to visit a place with rain forests, national parks, huge freshwater lakes, mountains, and hill stations, Pahang, Malaysia is the right state to visit.
One of the waterfalls at Pahang, Malaysia. (Link: https://winnymarlina.com/2019/03/11/trip-chamang-waterfall-pahang-malaysia/)
For thrill seekers, however, the area in Pahang, Malaysia that they tend to visit is the First World Hotel. It is one of the most haunted hotels in the state and if you are lucky, you would see the ghosts of gamblers who committed suicide at the hotel because they lost everything they owned at the in-house casinos.
The lobby of the First World Hotel with 30 counters. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g660784-d506305-i114466196-First_World_Hotel_Resorts_World_Genting-Genting_Highlands_Pahang.html)
History Of The First World Hotel
The First World Hotel is one of the best hotels to go to in Pahang, Malaysia because there is an indoor theme park and it sits atop a tropical rainforest.
One of the casinos at First World Hotel. (Link: https://steemit.com/teammalaysia/@hooiyewlim/my-1st-hand-experience-at-the-genting-highland-fiirst-world-avenue-casino)
The first tower of First World Hotel was opened in 2001. Additional rooms were added and tower 2 was opened in 2005. After the 2005 additions, there were a total of 6, 118 rooms and it was dubbed as the largest hotel by the Guinness World Records. However, in 2008, The Palazzo, located in the Las Vegas Strip, took the title from the First World Hotel. In 2015, The First World Hotel had another tower called 2A and it regained the title of being the largest hotel in the world. Today, The First World Hotel has 7, 351 rooms in 28 floors.
The hotel boasts of 35.5 million visitors since tower 2A opened for operations.
The First World Hotel as seen from above. (Link: http://vietnamgaming.vn/en/asia/malaysia/genting-malaysia-theme-park-impact-from-2h18-analyst-xw0o1i70)
Ghostly Stories At The First World Hotel
According to the stories that have been relayed by visitors and the staff at the First World Hotel, the most common ghosts that could be seen are those who committed suicide or were murdered because of gambling.
Some visitors claimed that they saw apparitions of ghosts jumping over the cliff but they never reach the ground because they seem to vanish into thin air. Others say that they could not sleep well at night during their stay because they hear these troubled ghosts who lost everything because of gambling. Visitors also said that they saw a headless woman who walks around the corridor looking for her head.
The Floating Ghost At The First World Hotel
One of the most famous stories is the encounter of a woman and her family when they stayed at the First World Hotel years ago. The woman booked two rooms for seven people. Everything was going well when they spent their day at the arcade and the theme park. They had dinner and went to their rooms. However, when they were bathing their baby, a three-year-old boy, he suddenly waved to someone at the window of the living room.
A photo of the theme park inside First World Hotel. (Link: https://www.makemytrip.com/travel-guide/genting_highlands/first-world-indoor-theme-park-theme-parks.html)
They were on the 17th floor so it was impossible for someone to be saying hi to the boy from their window. When the woman looked at the living room window, she was so shocked and scared to see a woman who was floating. The woman allegedly had black hair and a pale complexion. The husband and the uncle then came to see what the commotion was about and saw the floating woman, too. The uncle then started praying and that was when the floating woman suddenly disappeared.
The family checked out immediately the next day. It remains unclear to whom the ghost of the floating woman belongs to.
TripAdvisor Stories From Former Guests At The First World Hotel
There are a lot of ghostly encounters posted on the travel website called TripAdvisor. Here are some of the accounts of guests who stayed at the First World Hotel in the past.
One of the rooms at the First World Hotel. (Link: https://www.agoda.com/en-sg/resorts-world-genting-first-world-hotel/hotel/genting-highlands-my.html?cid=-218)
A man said he stayed at the First World Hotel with his partner. He shared, “…at 3.47am, our doorbell rings and no one is there! Not sure because of the doorbell itself has faulty wiring or something else play with us. Forgot to check when we check out whether room that we stayed has doorbell or not.”
Another family also stayed at the First World Hotel and the woman shared that they were assigned in a corner room. When they were about to check out, their friend said that she saw a dark figure when she was sleeping. Their husbands then went to pick up their vehicles and while waiting, the doorbell suddenly rang. They then heard a bunch of kids laughing. They opened the door and did not see anyone outside. The doorbell rang once again and the laughter was louder the second time. They opened the door again in hopes of catching the pranksters but they did not see anyone outside their door.
Another encounter states, “I have experienced this also some years back, children footsteps and I also keep hearing wooden chairs being moved about at night. It sounded like from upstairs or somewhere nearby.”
Some people on TripAdvisor said that there were really suicides that took place at the First World Hotel but they never get reported because they are covered up.