Indian Ocean Region Looks for Post-Tsunami Rebound

Five weeks after monster waves slammed the coastlines of 11 South Asian countries, tourism has sputtered to a trickle, especially in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, two of the harder hit countries. For other countries, though, the impact of the tsunami is being felt selectively.

That's the case on Phuket Island, Thailand's most popular beach resort. The west coast of the island took a direct hit from the massive waves. But its eastern coast was virtually untouched. And it's time, the locals on the east coast say, for tourists to realize this and come back to their vacation paradise.


Steve Hendrix, travel reporter, The Washington Post



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