Khao Lak is a small beach town located in southwestern Thailand along the Andaman Sea.
Khao Lak’s local economy relies on tourism. During the 2004 South Asian Tsunami, this seaside town was one of Thailand’s hardest hit areas. Most of Khao Lak’s beaches and resorts were completely swept away by powerful tsunami waves.
Right after the tsunami hit, search and rescue teams came to Khao Lak to help find survivors. Once the rescue operation was done, Khao Lak was cleaned up and rebuilt. Plants and trees along the coast have re-grown. New hotels have opened. This is important because many local residents were able to return to work at hotels, restaurants, and tour companies.