The area around Khao Lak was one of the worst hit when the tsunami, on the 26th of December 2004, washed away the west coast of Thailand. People, locals and tourists alike, were totally taken by surprise by the first disappearing and then fast rising sea. Thousands of people lost their life and the survivors lost everything they owned. Beach resorts were demolished and boats were lifted kilometers inland. Today it is hard to see the scars from the tsunami. Most hotels and houses have been rebuild, but in Khao Lak you can still find some tsunami leftovers. The Similana resort, or rather what once was the Similana resort, was stripped bare from the waves (and later thieves) and lies now abandoned and overgrown. The ground is easy accessible from the beach, but you better hurry before hotel investors reclaim this prime location.