Posted on: 25th February 2016
A Park in the Memory of Tsunami Victims
Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park is located close to the Ban Nam Khem Coast, about 7 km away from Takua Pa District. It lies approximately 80 km from Phang-Nga town. Renting a car in Phang-Nga and driving via Route 4090 will get you to the park in around 90 minutes. Spanning a total area of about 8,000 square meters, Ban Nam Khem features a vast and striking open-air walkway with plaques on one side, dedicated to the victims of Tsunami that had hit the area in 2004. It consists of 4 main areas: Playground Area, Health Area, Resting Area and the Tsunami Memorial Area – the highlight of the park. Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park remains open around the clock, except the exhibition building that opens from 8am till 5pm.
Attractions at Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park
The large walkway at Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park opens up to a huge statue of Buddha that depicts him sitting in the direction of the park with the sea behind him. There is a curved concrete wall representing the Tsunami located opposite a fishing boat which was wrecked during the Tsunami. Here, you’ll also get to see the magnificent royal statue of the Prince of Chumphon – the Father of the Royal Thai Navy. A popular attraction around Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park is a beautiful beach. Its clear blue waters and clean white sand make a stroll along the beach immensely pleasurable. You’ll also find a tourist information provider and many seafood restaurants nearby along with plenty of souvenirs to take back home. A visit to Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park will remind you of the damage caused by the Tsunami through its numerous exhibitions of pictures showing before/after the tsunami. Aside from the reminder, it is also a great place to enjoy a family picnic.