Tsunami Memorial Park

Hat Khao Lak

The wave-shaped Tsunami Memorial Park in Ban Nam Khem, a squid-fishing village 26km north of Hat Khao Lak that was nearly wiped off the map in the 2004 tsunami, remembers both locals and tourists who lost their lives. The actual memorial augments what, for years, was an unofficial pilgrimage site for those who came to pay their respects.

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1. Boat 813

13.26 MILES

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…

2. Tsunami Museums

13.28 MILES

Tsunami museums have become something of a cottage industry in Khao Lak. Several have popped up in shops located close to Boat 813 – at least four at the…

3. Ton Chongfa Waterfall

14.15 MILES

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4. Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Park

15.43 MILES

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5. Khao Sok National Park

18.07 MILES

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6. Tham Nam Thalu

24.02 MILES

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7. Tham Si Ru

24.04 MILES

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8. Chiaw Lan Lake

29.46 MILES

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