Mae Nak Phrakanong or Nang Nak, the Ghost of Phrakanong, is the most famous ghost story in Thailand. However, most Thais don’t consider it just a story, but believe it is tied to real events. For me, the story of Mae Nak is of particular interest because I grew up in the middle of Phrakanong and witnessed the locals’ fears when unexplained creepy events took place in our neighbourhood.
For those who are unfamiliar with Bangkok, Phrakanong today is a district of that mega-city. Sukhumvit runs right through it and it is located next door to Khlong Toey and just east of the main expat ghetto. The events concerning Nang Nak are thought to have occurred in the 1830s and Phrakanong at that time was a small riverside market town situated along the Phrakanong canal. In those days, it was a lot more isolated from the capital.
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