Every year the Peace Corps has the volunteers do regional “consolidation tests” where we meet up an established point to simulate what would happen if we had to quickly evacuate. (In the over 50 years that the Peace Corps has been in Thailand there has never been a volunteer evacuation, even during multiple miltary coups and the 2004 tsunami.) The volunteers in the south of Thailand are lucky in that our consolidation point is Krabi, one of the most beautiful places in Thailand and frequented tourist destinations.
Krabi is a province in Thailand that borders the Andaman sea. It is famous for its huge, jagged, limestone rock formations. Railay has become a popular destination for rock climbers and many take boats and go island hopping. Koh Phi Phi is a huge tourist destination, becoming especially popular after the movie “The Beach” was filmed on Koh Phi Phi Leh in 2000. In December of 2004 a Tsunami hit the island, destroying over 70% of the buildings and resulting in an estimated 2000 deaths. In just over 10 years the island has been completely rebuilt and there is little sign of this devistating past. The tourist industry, Thailand's largest industry, continues to attract vistors from all over the world.