Khao Lak

The small resort town of Khao Lak is located on the southwestern coast of Thailand, along the Andaman Sea.

Khao Lak’s local economy is relies heavily on tourism and, to a lesser extent, commercial fishing. This coastal town was one of Thailand’s hardest hit areas during the 2004 South Asian Tsunami. A large portion of Khao Lak’s beaches and resorts were swept away by the tsunami.

Once search and rescue teams left the area, Khao Lak underwent a major reconstruction. Coastal vegetation has started to re-grow and several new resorts have opened, which have allowed many local residents to return to work in the tourism industries.