The Tsunami Memorial at Baan Nam Khem:
North of Khao Lak
The tsunami memorial at Baan Nam Khem, just north of Khao Lak is simple, beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Commemorating the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami that left many dead and injured, the site is very worth a visit when traveling to the Khao Lak area. It is less than an hour’s drive to the north, closer to thirty minutes even when driving carefully.
Head north from Khao Lak towards Takuapah and turn left after the #82 kilometer stone. If you get to #83, you went too far. Once in the village area, you will drive at least two kilometers to the are, watch carefully for the sign, the memorial is not well marked. People at some of the shops in the area know enough English to help direct you if you get lost. It is not a huge area, so you can’t get too far off track.
The Memorial Plaque
A shrine to one of the King’s sons
A Chinese shrine on the grounds of the memorial
The symbolic wall of water – also a shrine – as you will see in the next photo:
Many of these on the wall. You can still feel what happened when standing here and the deep sense of loss for so many loved family members.
The grounds at the Memorial – simple but pleasant and well taken care of.
From the Memorial, looking across the inlet to the Andaman Princess on Koh Kho Khao Island. The photo was shot on a rare overcast day in Thailand.
Koh Kho Khao Island is a beautiful adventure all its own and you can find out more about this relatively unknown island, just a short ferry ride away here at: Koh Kho Khao Hotels
For the real details and facts about the tsunami go to our webpage about the Khao Lak tsunami.