During its mere 18 months of operation beginning in 1994, the Batman Nightclub in Pattaya, Thailand was a significant hotspot for locals, tourists, underage drinkers and pimps. The lower level hosted the main Batman stage, which is now completely submerged in metres of water. The upper levels were used primarily for escort and VIP services, and there is a rooftop level with 360-degree views over the city.
The enormous building ceased operating when a fire spread through the club during which several patrons and members of staff perished. Now, all that’s left is graffiti donned on the walls by world-class artists and a huge number of bats flying around (ironically).
Reports say the disastrous fire occurred suspiciously after the place got raided for permit violations and a court case was launched. Other reports say the building was funded by mafia money, and where there’s dirty money involved, fatal accidents often happen.
Two years ago, a man’s body was found floating in the downstairs flooded dancefloor and one of the former members of staff who is often seen on the site recently said he goes for a swim in the same pool. Despite its tragic history, the atmosphere inside the building was serene, apart from when a screeching bat would brush off your head as it flew by!