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Tsumani Effects?

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Tsumani Effects?

Hi,

I'm looking at going to Khao Lak in Sept this year but am wondering about the effects that the Tsumani has had on the area. Is there still a lot of rebuilding work going on? How is the scenery now?

Thanks

Amy

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1. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Hi. My family went to Khao Lak in March this year and found that yes there was quite a bit of rebuilding happening but didn't affect us where we were staying.

The scenery was beautiful - couldn't tell there had been tsunami. Only things that indicated it had happened were the tsunami evacuation signs, the devastated buildings, some overgrown un-used roads, police boat that had been washed about 2 kms overland, tsunami craft centre.

You can read my JBR for my experiences. We loved it there.

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2. Re: Tsumani Effects?

There is a lot of construction going on - but not all of it is rebuilding - much of it is also just new stuff.

Khao Lak now has about as many rooms in service as it had pre-tsunami and by next year exceed that period. But - at the time of the tsunami Khao Lak was growing quite rapidly anyway - as kind of the undiscovered or newly discovered NEW secret of southern Thailand.

It really only took one "rainy season" to wash the salt out of the soil and bring back all the vegetation. The scenery is just fine.

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3. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Amy,

We have just returned from Khao Lak after our fourth visit. Generally you are now unaware of the effects of the Tsunami, except for the evacuation route signs and the new villages which have been builtalong the main road. There is, inevitably, building work but this is more because the area is developing rather than rebuilding. The building is mainly aroung Bang Niang and Sunset beaches, but these are very nice areas and you shouldn't discount them. There are a also few hotel sites which await redevelopment, for example the Sofitel at Khuk Khak. Of course the Tsunami reached only a limited distsance inland, so all the national parks are as gorgeous as ever.

Khao Lak is a great place to visit as it's spread out over around 7 beaches and 10 miles, so theres a great variety of hotels and locations. the best beaches are Pakweeb and Bang Sak where you can literally have the whole beach to yourself. For recent photograps, have a look at www.khaolaklovers.com/forum and www.mykhaolak.de/forum (the second site is mainly in German, but there's always Babel Fish!).

We highly recommend Khao Lak, its very friendly with loads of scenery, some great restaurants, hotel types for all budgets, and great beaches. Our next trip is being planned already!

Have a great trip.

Mike.

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4. Re: Tsumani Effects?

That's great - thank you. I am sure we will go to Khao Lak as it sounds wonderful. Would there be lots of rain in Sept - would it better to go late Oct/early Nov?

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5. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Amy,

Yes, September does have rain. Have a look at-

http://khaolaklovers.com/khao_lak_weather.htm

The best time to go is normally quored as November-January. However we normally go in April, when its very hot and you get the occasional dramatic thunderstorm.

One thing to note is that some shops and restaurants will probably be closed in September as they usually re-open in October.

Hope that helps.

Mike.

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6. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Thanks, we will probably book late Oct then. We went to Ao Nang last year in April - it was lovely but v.hot!

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7. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Hi Amy,

Also have a look at-

http://phuket-post.com/article.php?id=744

For an update on Khao Lak.

Mike.

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8. Re: Tsumani Effects?

That was interesting- sounds like it has not lost its beauty. Where would you recomend visiting in/around Khao Lak?

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9. Re: Tsumani Effects?

Hi Amy,

Places to visit include (but are not limited to)-

Khao Sok National Park (No. 1 place to visit according to Rough Guides), overnight stays recommended.

Similan Islands.

Khao Lak National Park.

Hongs by Starlight Tour (see Alans report on www.khaolaklovers.com).

Local Waterfalls etc.

Takua Pa Market (great atmosphere).

Bang Niang Market (Saturdays).

Pakweeb/Bang Sak Beach (beachcombing).

River Canoeing/Elephant Trekking (popular tours).

Takieng Restaurant (Bang Niang, within walking distance of La Flora).

Kita B (great foot massage).

Ruen Mai Restauant (Nang Thong)

Thats a few to start with, I'm sure others will add to the list!

M.

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10. Re: Tsumani Effects?

To add to Mike's list, If you hire a car, even if only for a couple of days, trips to Koh Kho Khao (Kho Kao Island) - about half an hour North of KL and a 10 minute ferry ride across to an island with only 4 resorts on beautiful beaches and two restaurants (and a better road going right up the island than any in Thailand or the UK!). Then just South on the coast on the way back, the Tsunami Memorial at Baan Nam Kem. Just up the coast on Bangsak Beach outside the Haadson resort is a lovely promenade with about 3 local restaurants on one side of the beach road and dining on the other. Word of warning watch out for the monkeys. One ran off with my camera up a tree. Locals managed to make it drop it. Not a good idea as I have found when I cam home that, contrary to first thoughts, it has rendered it inoperable (insurance claim pending! Yes sir, how did the camera get broken again?!?)

As well as the restaurants Mike as mentioned, there is the excellent and cheap Somsri next to the Nang Thong Supermarket, the Eule for good steaks (but not so good fillet of snapper!), The Viking for steaks, pork and other Scandinavian type cuisine as well as good pizzas (mixed reports this year, but consistently good when we went) and if you do have a car, there is Jo Seafood near the Merlin with a charming Thai dance show put on by children and the highly recommended Baan Khao Lak Seafood Restaurant past the Merlin about 800 metres on the way back to Phuket.

Good decision, I think about delaying to October for all the reasons mentioned.

You'll have a great time!

Alan

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