Boat 813

Hat Khao Lak

This police boat was hurled into an open field 1km inland from Hat Bang Niang (2.5km north of central Khao Lak) by the powerful 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Today it remains the region’s most prominent reminder of the disaster. There’s a regal entryway and an information booth with a tsunami timeline in Thai and English.

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1. Tsunami Museums

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2. Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Park


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4. Tsunami Memorial Park

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5. Phung Chang Cave

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6. Thamtapan Temple

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