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.