The Lester File

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Koh Phi Phi

But first, a small disclaimer: In the last blog, I mentioned the use of drugs in the jungle. Although it may have seemed confusing at first read, let me assure those who read my blogs that I am NOT doing drugs in Thailand or anywhere else for that matter. Thanks :)

Koh Phi Phi is a series of tiny islands in Western Thailand that were devastated by the tsunami last year. Although the area has rebuilt much of what was lost, the reminders of the massive wave that swept through the streets and beaches of Phi Phi still remain. Shopkeepers have drawn lines on the walls to show how high the water reached along with pictures that chronicle the carnage that once was. One woman I spoke to told me her own experience on that day:
It was a normal day. She opened her small souvenir shop about 300m away from the beach. At around 10:30am something strange began to happen. She heard screams coming from outside and began running away from the Northern shore. A moment later, large pieces of debris from the ocean floor began dropping from the sky and then a wall of water about 3 to 4 meters high rushed through the sidewalk. All of this happened in a matter of seconds.
More Later.


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