• Casie Le

After The Tsunami in 2004, Is Phuket Thailand, A Safe Destination?


Many people heard of Phuket, Thailand due to a horrible tsunami disaster that happened in 2004. Thailand was one of the countries that was badly hit where many people lost their lives. Due to this horrific incident, many were frightened to visit the country, especially the western coastline of Thailand. It took many years to rebuild the city and for the locals to get back on their feet. This was probably one of the most devastating experience that shook the entire world.

Is it safe to visit Phuket?

Quite a few people are still afraid to visit the country due to a possibility of another tsunami hitting. No one can truly accurately predict when it can happen but tsunami towers all the way down the Andaman Coast were placed. Keep in mind that it is possible for a tsunami to hit again, but based on the reports, the chances of it happening again, is virtually zero in your lifetime.

Do not let this stop you from exploring one of the most beautiful places in the world. Thailand is rich in culture, history and carries such unique beauty that you do not want to miss.

Here's a short video that my husband quickly put together for us to always remember. It's an older video so some of the videos and the picture quality will not be the same as todays.

Where is Thailand?

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country that is known for tropical beaches, ancient ruins, temples that displays figures of buddha and opulent royal palaces. We only had a week vacation so we narrowed down what was important to us. As someone who loves nature, and a husband who loves the water, we knew Phuket was the one.

To be honest, I was quite skeptical visiting Phuket, but Phuket has been in my bucket list for a very long time. It's good to be aware, but I cannot let this worry ruin the experience of a lifetime.

The Hotel

I am embarrassed to admit, but the worry of a natural disaster happening was still on my mind after making our decision to visit Phuket. Due to this, we found a hotel that is tucked away from the coast that still offers a beach resort area that their guest can visit if they ever want to hang out by the beach during the day. I thought it was perfect. We stayed at the Dream hotel & Spa in Phuket and booked a Sky Suite Hotel with a pool that was absolutely lovely.

Exploring The Islands

First things, first. I had a list of what to see when I visit Phuket, Thailand. Visiting here, we knew we will need lots of patience. We knew it will take quite a long ride to the coast and a boat ride to see the islands. Also, the drive around the mountains can be pretty bad so if you get motion sickness like me, I suggest to be ready and take something that will prevent you from getting sick unless you stay near the coastline.

1. Phang Nga Bay

The Pha Nga Bay tour was an all day tour. What made Phang Nga Bay special is the sheer limestone karsts that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. We took a speed boat tour and visited the sea caves, the tunnels, and the lagoons early in the morning while the water level was low. It was quite remarkable because the water level rises at 2pm and nobody can enter the caves after that. We also went canoeing and enjoyed the peacefulness and the spectacular views of the bay. Something we truly enjoyed.

We stopped by at the Monkey Beach. The Monkeys we're quite friendly and are not afraid of people. Expect them to grab something out of your hand when you try feed them. I thought it was a pretty cool experience.

Koh Panyee and James Bond Island were two of the famous spot in Phang Nga Bay. This picture was taken in James Bond Island. They called it James Bond Island because this is were they shot the movie as seen on the video below.

After visiting the bay, they took us into a muslim floating village to have lunch. You can also find unique souvenirs in the village. I believe this is their way of supporting the village so they bring many tourists here. The Thai buffet lunch was tasty!

To end the day trip, they took us to a to a sandy beach to enjoy the rest of the day before returning to dock. It was pretty relaxing. You will need to pay for the chairs and the coconuts, but one thing I like about Thailand is that everything is cheap!

2. Phi Phi Islands

Exploring the Phi Phi Islands from Phuket was a all day trip. We wanted the fastest way to get there so we made sure to book a speedboat to relax, swim and snorkel. Before getting to the famous island where the movie "The Beach" was based on, we went to Mosquito Island to see the pristine coral reefs. The water was so beautiful it felt like it was glowing and shining as the sun hits it.

We also visited the Krabi island and stayed for over an hour to enjoy the day. This was probably one of our favorite spots due to its pristine beaches and beautiful calm water. The weather was perfect. We had a buffet lunch on Bamboo island, known for its white beaches.

The most amazing and memorable experience that happened while we were in the island was during my swim. A school of colorful fish came towards me. It was out on nowhere and was quite extraordinary! Thank you to my husband for bringing the coolest gadgets to capture the moment.

We spent our last full day at the beach resort part of our hotel. Upon arriving, I felt the silence in the air. It was later on when we found out that the spot we were at, used to be a fishing village that was home to many local fishermen. All the houses that used to be there were taken away and were destroyed by the tsunami. Many locals lost their lives and some were lost and never been found. I walked around the whole island and looked at the horizon. The feeling I was experiencing was hard to explain..

The Experience

If I can do it all over again, I would. Phuket is definitely a place to visit. Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The country is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Southeast Asia, largely because of its ideal climate. It is impossible to avoid crowds when visiting the most popular beaches, but if you're willing to go a bit further off the beaten path, you might get lucky and find a room to stretch our and lay on your towel. There are certain things to characterize a Thai beach experience; clear waters, white sands and the iconic long tail boats. This is something you have to experience and see yourself!

"Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once."

Thank you so much for taking the time on reading my blog! I truly enjoy writing about my experiences. I will be gone tomorrow to head to Costa Rica then Florida for a week to make memories! Please stay tuned because I have so much more to share! <3

Love,

CL

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