International Tsunami Museum

International Tsunami Museum, Khao Lak: Hours, Address, International Tsunami Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

International Tsunami Museum

International Tsunami Museum
3.5
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Marnix B
Ghent, Belgium9 contributions
Mar 2020
First of all, no doubt when you visit the museum this leaves a strong impression of the impact of the tsunami. This being said, the place is rather desolate and visit of 30 mins is more than sufficient. We visited also Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Center, which is far more impressive and we found it more worthy to visit.
Written March 30, 2020
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JENNYJ7070
Liverpool, UK250 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
You walk from the bustling main road and peace seems to overcome you as Patrol Boat 813 comes into sight. It’s something I had only ever seen on TV. As you walk into the grounds all is quiet just people walking around. Time to reflect read the story of 813 check the notice boards and pictures from the disaster then back to the hustle and bustle of the main road. Strangely it’s an experience.
Written March 21, 2020
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BlackyMLeo
Singapore, Singapore1,829 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
Is good to see how bad the Tsunami hits Khao Lak and compare now a rebuilt of this place. Do a donation if you want.
Written November 25, 2015
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waisiklo
Vancouver, Canada17 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
I must concur with most of the low rating reviews. This is a complete tourist trap. Hotel staff told me admission is 100 baht but at the door the staff showed a sign dating 300 for adults.

Still, I did not hesitate to pay, as I expected an emotional trip, give my experiences at the atomic bomb museum in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

What I saw instead were photo boards from the day. Their bragging display of visits from dignitaries and VIPS were disgustingly larger.

A couple of TV's played footage from the day. I was thinking the ground floor was a simple intro with more exhibits such as debris from the tsunami. But I saw 3 rooms all with couches and TV's. There was nothing else. Period.

While I feel extremely ripped off, I am more upset that they didn't pay more respect to those who suffered. The thousands who perished deserve much, much more than this.
Written May 14, 2022
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T3llic
Stockholm, Sweden101 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
If you remember the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami you probably would expect more for a memorial center. This is a tourist trap and it is with a heavy heart I say it is quite not worth the 300 THB entry fee. For school students or families maybe worth it. As some previously mentioned, some locals try to make profit of images of victims. Too much ethical dilemmas for me to actually recommend it. I visited this place during the covid19 pandemic and I was pretty much alone here. Eerie feeling.
Written February 25, 2022
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Marieke K
12 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
It is a real shame that this museam is such a small and basic affair, seeing the significance of the disaster for the region. Tucked away and without any signage from the main road, you'll find it eventually. The museum has a downstairs room the size of a living room, where pictures and information boards are packed so close together that it's hard to see any at all. The set up of the photography images is more or less random, Phuket, Khaolak and Aceh images underneath each other and without much explanation.
Upstairs you'll find two rooms, one with a television showing a documentary in English and the other room in Thai. The sound is too low, it's hard to follow the story. There is nothing else upstairs. For an 'international' museum showing a disaster of this magnitude, one would have expected a more efficient way to show what exactly happened and where. More space to take in the pictures and a more divided display of pictures from the various areas affected.
The good thing is that the 300 baht p.p. entrance fee goes to the children in the area. The display tells us it's for the orphaned children as a result of the tsunami, but 17 years later one may hope they will be giving to other kids in need as well.
Written November 9, 2021
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TequilaPepita
Bangkok, Thailand2,584 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
When visiting Khao Lak, one cannot forget how devastated the destination was by the 2004 Tsunami and the many people who sadly perished. As a respect to the victims, we wanted to visit this so called international museum and honestly this was very dissappointing. We do hope that the 400 Thai Bahts we paid each to go to the right people as it seems the place is completely run down. What a shame!
Written March 4, 2021
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Jackie W
Sheffield, UK166 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Was told by friends about this museum. I didnt realise how bad the tsunami affected Khao Lak until you see what devistation it caused. Cost 300 bht to go round the museum all proceeds go to the charities i thought was worth it. Watching the footage and pictures can get you quite emotional. There is a garden you can walk round where there is a boat in the middle which landed there and not moved since the tsunami. If you get a chance i would recommend a visit
Written March 29, 2020
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BCHeeres
The Hague, The Netherlands149 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
If you’re on a tour you might as well stop here and visit the site, it’s not worth a detour or a visit on its own. The reason that this ship is here is of course horrible, no doubt about that. There is a small, private owned shop (“museum”) next to it with some photos and information about the tsunami, nothing you didn’t know already, we just looked inside and went back to the tour bus.
Written March 29, 2020
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Petra N
35 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
A very small museum with not much information. You were placed in a sofa where you were instructed to watch a video of the disaster. The information was mostly painted in a ‘catastrophe way’ meaning emphasising the people who lost their lives and video of the people filming the disaster. In other words, films you could watch on YouTube if you wanted to. I was more interested in seeing what the country learned and how they rebuilt everything afterwards. The aftermath
Written February 23, 2022
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