Photo Gallery: The Transformation of Khao Lak

Foto: Richard Doring

Vacationing with Ghosts The Rebirth of a Tsunami-Devastated Thai Resort

On a sunny morning in December 2004, a massive tsunami devastated Indian Ocean coastlines and killed 8,000 people in Thailand. Many lost their lives at the beach resort of Khao Lak. Now, the site has been reborn -- as a luxury oasis instead of the backpacker paradise it used to be. Though not everyone is comfortable with its new incarnation, many are filled with hope.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan