During the afternoon I arrived in Kao Lak in Phang Nga province, today, after an uneventful flight from Samui to Phuket with Bangkok Airways. In Phuket I met my friend Rob and he drove me to Kao Lak, about an hour drive from Phuket airport.
The last time I visited Kao Lak was in March 2005, a good 3 months after the Tsunami, triggered by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and it looked very different. Total devastation back then and a seemingly drastically recovered and bustling city now. Good on them!
The police boat was in Kao Lak to protect and secure Her Royal Higness Ubonrat Rajakanya Siriwhaddana Phannawadee (daughter of HM the King Bhumibol) and her son and daughters until the Tsunami devastated the Andaman coast. Her son unfortunately perished in the waves.
Tomorrow morning I’ll be off to the Similan islands for a week of diving an no internet access.