Arriving in Khao Lak, the first thing I did was to go to the Tsunami Museum, because before that I looked, and Feature Film, and videos from the scene. Such a serious tragedy happened, so how not to go to the museum. The museum is proudly named International Tsunami Museum. Yeah, straight international, yes. In general, never a museum, rather a stand with information, nothing more. I don't know what should have been there, but this is clearly not a museum. By the way, there are as many as three of them and all are apparently international museums. But okay, first things first.
The content of the article
- one In general about museums
- 2 Tsunami Museum 1
- 3 Tsunami Museum 2
- 4 Tsunami Museum 3
- five On the map
In general about museums
I will not talk about the tragic tsunami of 2004, you yourself can find information on the net. A lot of people died, including in Thailand. As I wrote above, I counted 3 museums and none of them is interesting from the point of view of a tourist, because they have nothing but poor quality photos (some are printed on a regular printer), descriptions on stands in English and TV with videos from YouTube. More like making money. All this can be seen in a relaxed atmosphere at home, why go somewhere. All museums are dedicated to the city of Khao Lak, although the entire Andaman coast was affected, and not only Thailand in general.
There is also a memorial on the pier of Nam Kem, but I was not there, so I cannot say how interesting it is..
Tsunami Museum 1
The first museum is located near a police boat, which was washed ashore by the tsunami and carried several kilometers. Now it stands exactly in the same place where it was brought in in 2004. You yourself can estimate the distance to the seashore, and where the water has reached, washing away the entire city on its way. By the way, out of 9 police officers who were on the boat, only one was killed. The museum is a small canopy under which souvenirs are sold. There are also several stands with photographs and descriptions. One of the sellers acts as a guide and talks a little about the tsunami.
A crippled car is parked next to the shed. I didn’t ask if it had been standing here since 2004 and was damaged by the tsunami or it’s just standing there. A little further from the boat and the shed, there is a stone memorial in memory of the victims..
Tsunami Museum 2
Donation login. I left 100 baht, but you can not leave.
The second museum is private and the most interesting of all. It is one room with a bunch of different stands, with maps, photographs, and local stories about the incident. The stands are well decorated, but you need good English to read this fluently. On the ground floor there is a large TV, where you can watch videos about the tsunami downloaded from the Internet. At the entrance I was given a glass of cool water, free of charge. Was here in the evening, so quarrel about the quality of the photo.
Tsunami Museum 3
The entrance is of the type for a donation, but it is required. 100 baht.
The least interesting museum, although from the outside it seems different, the signboard was solidly decorated. The entrance, as I wrote above, is paid, but there is nothing to watch at all, so you can donate to charity (if this is really the case) and not go inside. On the first floor there are several so-so stands, and on the second floor there are 3 separate rooms with TVs, where videos and films about the tsunami are played. Moreover, for some reason, it is also impossible to photograph, although there is nothing to photograph there..
On the map
- The boat and the shed near it are 200 meters from the main road and cannot be seen from the road. It's easy to find and it's marked on my map (police boat).
- The second museum is on the way to this boat, on the right in one of the buildings, about 50 meters from the highway.
- The third museum is located not far from the first two, right on the main highway, a good 7-eleven landmark, exactly opposite it across the road.
Tsunami Museum and Memorial
Tsunami Museum and Memorial
It is very difficult to call it a museum. A police boat, a monument and a couple of stands with photographs and souvenirs. There are also two more home-grown museums nearby, but they also have stands with photos and TV with videos..
It is very difficult to call it a museum. A police boat, a monument and a couple of stands with photographs and souvenirs. There are also two more home-grown museums nearby, but they also have stands with photos and TV with videos.