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Thailand - One month after the Tsunami

We arrived back in Thailand towards the end of our trip about 20 January 2005, less than a month after the Tsunami to a Bangkok that just did not have quite the same upbeat feel to it. We headed down south, as per our intended itinerary and hummed and haa'd over visiting Koh Phi Phi, a place I viewed as an utter tropical paradise having visited 8 years previously. We knew the village there had been largely destroyed, as well as several thousand people losing their life, however in the end we decided to go as it seemed that in order for the locals to start the long process of returning life to normality they would need to start having tourists return to their shattered island. The state of the island turned out to be far worse than anticipated and we did contemplate whether we should have came. We were almost the first visitors back to the island. We did manage to find some great accommodation on beautiful Long Beach which had suffered only minimal damage and we could almost pretend that we were in an unspoilt paradise. We finished our second visit to Thailand for this trip with a few nights at Krabi which was largely undamaged and pretty much had a normal holiday vibe.
Bangkok
Bangkok
A dog in the city centre
A dog in the city centre
Kao San Road
Kao San Road
Missing persons board at the end of Kao San Road
Missing persons board at the end of Kao San Road
Patong Beach, Phuket
Patong Beach, Phuket
Matt at Laem Singh Beach
Matt at Laem Singh Beach
Laem Singh Beach - near Phuket
Laem Singh Beach - near Phuket
Laem Singh Beach - near Phuket
Laem Singh Beach - near Phuket
Approaching Koh Phi Phi
Approaching Koh Phi Phi
Approaching Koh Phi Phi
Approaching Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Beautiful Long Beach
Beautiful Long Beach
Beautiful Long Beach
Beautiful Long Beach
View from Long Beach to Koh Phi Phi Leh
View from Long Beach to Koh Phi Phi Leh
Beautiful Long Beach
Beautiful Long Beach
Sunken boat just off the beach
Sunken boat just off the beach
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Another sunken boat
Another sunken boat
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Tsunami information board
Tsunami information board
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Koh Phi Phi one month after the Tsunami
Long boats at Long Beach
Long boats at Long Beach
Night time view from Long Beach
Night time view from Long Beach
Viking Cave - Koh Phi Phi Leh
Viking Cave - Koh Phi Phi Leh
One of the beautiful bays on Koh Phi Phi Leh
One of the beautiful bays on Koh Phi Phi Leh
The iridescent waters near 'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
The iridescent waters near 'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
'The Beach' on Koh Phi Phi Leh
Me and Matt
Me and Matt
Matt just after his first dive
Matt just after his first dive
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
Our lunch spot during our dive trip
The other more remote side of Koh Phi Phi Don
The other more remote side of Koh Phi Phi Don
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
Bamboo Island
View from Long Beach
View from Long Beach
Long Beach
Long Beach
Long Beach
Long Beach
Leaving Koh Phi Phi
Leaving Koh Phi Phi
A beach near Krabi
A beach near Krabi
Me at Rai Leh Beach
Me at Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
Our accommodation near Rai Leh Beach
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
There were gibbons in the trees just meters from our pool
Near Rai Leh Beach
Near Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Near Rai Leh Beach
Near Rai Leh Beach
Patting some of the local cats
Patting some of the local cats
Our pool near Rai Leh Beach
Our pool near Rai Leh Beach
Our pool near Rai Leh Beach
Our pool near Rai Leh Beach
Looking out to the Andaman Sea
Looking out to the Andaman Sea
Matt
Matt
One of the huge cave inhabitants!
One of the huge cave inhabitants!
You can see the same spider top left
You can see the same spider top left
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Rai Leh Beach
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Sunset football at Rai Leh Beach
Leaving Rai Leh Beach
Leaving Rai Leh Beach