There are tourist attractions that you visit to enjoy yourself. There are attractions that you visit to learn something. And then there are attractions that you visit because it is important. Things that you need to know to be able to understand what happened. One such place is the Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak.
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Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak
This is not a big place. There is not to much to see but it is still important to visit. The entrance fee is 100 Bath but the money are donated. This means that you do not give the money to the staff and get a receipt. No you out your money straight into a donation box. A really nice idea. The museum itself is quite small and bare. There are three TVs that play documentaries from the tsunami. They are put in three separate small rooms and you can sit there and watch the documentaries. All the walls are bare, and I wish that they had put some photographs or other things to give it more information.
The documentaries are of such sort that I believe that you could find them on Youtube. Some parts I had seen before but some interviews were new to me. Like I said before, I do believe that they could have done more to this place. It could have been better but still it is a informative place. If you are in Khao Lak you should visit here.
The Tsunami Victims
In total there were 229866 people that lost their life during the Tsunami. The numbers are not just in Thailand but all over. 186983 bodies have been found and there are 42883 people that are still missing. Here is a list of how many people lost their lives in different countries.
Indonesia: 167736 people.
Sri Lanka: 35322 people.
India: 18045 people.
Maldives: 108 people.
Thailand: 8212 people.
Myanmar: 61 people.
Malaysia: 75 people.
Somalia: 289 people.
Tanzania: 13 people.
Seychelles: 2 people.
Bangladesh: 2 people.
Kenya: 1 person.
Its really interesting to see the statistics. Being a Swedish citizen and with Thailand being a huge vacation spot for swedes, the information that we got during the tsunami was mostly focused on Thailand. We have talked to swedes that believe that the tsunami just struck Thailand. That is sad that media portrayed Thailand as the bigest victim – only because a lot of swedes visiting were killed.
Information about the Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak
Opening hours: Daily 09.00 – 21.00.
Entrance fee: 100:-Bath (2017).
Address: 47/7 Moo 3, Khakkhuk, TakuapaPhang-nga, 82190, Thailand.