Some of the more strange places that you will run across Spirit Houses apart from your hotel, resort or villa are at certain curves in the road. As you are driving past these locations, you will be jolted from your seat as Thai motorists honk their horns repeatedly at the houses, awakening the spirits and acknowledging their presence, not as you might first imagine because of your bad driving.
The theory is that if the spirits who haunt the place are given a home, they will not spitefully endanger the drivers who must pass this way. Some Spirit Houses along the roadways have been built to appease the tormented spirits of people who died violent deaths in crashes at these sites.
When changes dictate that a new Spirit House be created, a ceremony will be held to transfer the spirit from the old Spirit House to the new. After that, the old Spirit House can be discarded. Many find new residence near a Temple or Wat, but usually at a place where other spirit houses have been left behind. So it is not uncommon to see many old Spirit Houses jumbled together in one place, resembling a fallen city all on its own. So as you pass by these small ‘Spirit Cities’, do not be frightened by the cacophony of sounds emerging from every type of vehicle that passes, but stop and have a close look at what offerings have been made. Perhaps you may even want to make an offering of your very own, for the spirits of another world.