If you’re looking to travel to a new location for your next vacation, there are a bunch of wacky and strange tourist attractions that may pique your interest. Many of these attractions have been around for centuries, and travellers far and wide make the trek out to their locations to see them in all of their crazy glory.
The Avanos Hair Museum was opened in 1979 after a local potter was forced to part ways with his female friend. He asked for a memento to remember her by, and she gave him a lock of her hair. He placed the hair in his pottery shop, and when visitors would stopped by, he would tell them the meaning of the hair sample. Touched by the sentimental story, other women began leaving their strands of hair behind, too. The cave-like museum was then opened, and the exhibit now has over 16,000 samples of hair attached to every surface of its walls.
Mexico City’s Island of the Dolls was built after a man named Julian Santana Barrera discovered the body of a young girl and her toy doll floating in a nearby canal. He began to hear whispers in the night, so he started to hang mutilated dolls from the trees to quiet the tormented voice of the young girl’s ghost. He continued hanging the dolls for over 50 years until he himself drowned in the same canals. His family took over the area, and visitors bring more dolls to hang for the girl. Visitors say that if you listen closely, you can still hear the whispers from the young girl’s ghost in the middle of the night.
Thailand is known for its pristine beaches, awesome restaurants, non-stop nightlife and its ladyboys. Ladyboys are referred to as “Katoeys” by the locals, and they are a widely-accepted piece of Thai culture. The term refers to a transgender woman or an effeminate gay male. They typically work in the capital of Bangkok in its red light districts as prostitutes and escorts. The ladyboys offer a variety of sexual services and companionship to make your visit unforgettable.
If you ever wanted to see what hell was like, take a trip to Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden in Thailand. This monastery garden, also known as the “Thailand Hell Horror Park,” depicts scenes from a Buddhist interpretation of hell. A sign at the entrance reads, "Welcome To Hell.” If that doesn’t scare you off, inside there are statues of tortured souls, each with the head of a different animal. Plaques next to each soul describe the sins they committed that earned them a one-way ticket to hell.