Sunday, 18 January 2009

Kao Lak, Phang Nga province

Kao Lak in Phang Nga province

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!

A beautiful view over Kao Lak beach.

The Andaman Sea

This Police boat may look familiar, it was swept on land by the tsunami over a distance of almost 2 km and it has been left as a permanent reminder of and monument for the Tsunami.
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.



Anonymous said...

Als je dit nog leest ... veel plezier op de Similan eilanden en ik ben benieuwd naar de foto-oogst!

Happy Dive Station said...

Nou van hetzelfde, Ziet er mooi uit daar Kao lak. Ben zeer benieuwd.