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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Thailand Welcomes Bakhodir!

In 2005, an Uzbek guy I taught 10 + years earlier (in Tashkent) arrived in Bangkok, the City of Angels, and I did my bit to show him around. 



 




 

















He ended his travels in Thailand with a 4-day visit to Phuket.  In fact, it was so peaceful and stunningly beautiful down there, I decided to hang out a few extra days until Kade could join me.  She was flying down from Bangkok.  This statement (about peacefulness and beauty) is very ironic considering the disaster that occurred just six months before.  Of course, you recall hearing the name Phuket when the devastating tsunami hit in December, just six months earlier.
 
The three main Phuket beaches - especially front beach road - on the Western seaboard are in the process of being restored and it's obvious that the numbers of tourists have dropped.  However, just north of Phuket, in a beautiful, low-lying chunk of beach paradise known as Khao Lak, it was another story.  Property damage and loss of life was still being assessed.  Thousands of tourists and Thai nationals died, as did many illegal migrants from Myanmar. 

Kata Beach - Phuket
 
 



 





 

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