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Thailand Part 3 - Sobering and snorkelling

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Flew to Phuket then drove to Khao Lak, about ninety minutes up the coast. It was a nice little resort hotel, about 20 chalets by the beach and a few local restaurants walking distance away, fairly quiet with a virtually empty beach. Borrowed some cycles and visited temples Orsi in sea

Orsi in sea

Beach to ourselves

Beach to ourselves

impressive, unknown temple

impressive, unknown temple

Beach sunset

Beach sunset

Catching the sun!

Catching the sun!

Clue to tsunami past

Clue to tsunami past

and were shocked to discover how much the area had been impacted in the near past.

This was the most sobering part of the entire trip. We had a reminder of the December 26th 2004 tsunami when we went to visit a police boat that was washed 2km from the ocean. We were in Khao Lak which was the worst hit of all provinces in Thailand with some 80% of the total deaths. As you can see on the table, I think I had forgotten how many died that day. Met a few locals whose lives had been impacted and had lost relatives. Very sad.
Police launch marooned 2km from sea, it was bigger than I had imagined

Police launch marooned 2km from sea, it was bigger than I had imagined

Map of tsunami impact

Map of tsunami impact

Tsunami deaths table

Tsunami deaths table

Had a couple of days snorkelling on the Surin Islands which included an overnight camping on the beach. It was an interesting trip to the islands covering some 60km of rough sea in just over an hour, quite a few people being sick! Visited a village where sea gypsies now lived. Sea gypsy village

Sea gypsy village

Wading ashore to village

Wading ashore to village

Sea gypsy village entrance

Sea gypsy village entrance

Until the 2004 Tsunami they had been travellers with no country of residence but now they were Thai nationals and had more of a fixed abode but did still travel the seas extensively.

The snorkelling was very good, plenty of nice coral and lots of fish but not much of any size. Facilities on island were better than I imagined with access to food at a National Park cafe, camping good but sea noisy at times! It’s bloody Dunkirk!  Not us though.

It’s bloody Dunkirk! Not us though.

Amazing sand and sea

Amazing sand and sea

Orsi in water

Orsi in water

Orsi and shoal of fish

Orsi and shoal of fish

Angel Fish

Angel Fish

Sergeant Major fish

Sergeant Major fish

Found Nemo!

Found Nemo!

Aquaman!

Aquaman!

Orsi on beach

Orsi on beach

View from tent

View from tent

Most amazing sand ever, no one here either

Most amazing sand ever, no one here either

High tide near campsite

High tide near campsite

Our tent

Our tent

Food ok on campsite

Food ok on campsite

Posted by Unphilteredidea 09:34 Archived in Thailand Tagged beaches boats temples snorkelling tsunami amazing thoughts_musings_background

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Great experience! The amazing sand looks fine indeed...

by Vic_IV

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