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Saturday, 8 January, 2005

Rough Guides provides regional summaries and pointers for tourists

Excerpts from http://www.roughguides.com/tsunami/

INDONESIA - ..."While the devastation pictured on nightly news reports cannot be overstated, several other Indonesian islands were less affected than Sumatra, and tourism to these regions may still be feasible."

SRI LANKA - ..."The southern and eastern coasts of the island – including many of the major tourist resorts (notably the Galle and Trincomalee regions), and Yala National Park, suffered extensive damage, and emergency services are fully stretched. However, inland areas (Kandy, the Hill Country, the Cultural Triangle) remain unaffected, as does the capital, Colombo. Visitors are advised to ensure that their inoculations are up to date and be particularly careful to drink only bottled or purified water, as local water sources may be contaminated. There is also a particular danger from contaminated seafood."

INDIA - ..."The areas most affected are the Tamil Nadu coast, the Andhra Pradesh coast and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands."... "You should carefully check with your travel and accommodation agents to make sure that the areas you intend to visit are safe. You should be aware that there is extensive damage to buildings and other infrastructure and that the emergency services may be limited in these areas. There is real concern over the spread of disease. Other parts of India, including most of Kerala, are not affected."

THAILAND - "The southwestern area of Thailand, encompassing the popular resort areas of Phuket, Krabi, the Ko Phi Phi islands and other smaller islands in the vicinity have experienced great loss of life and destruction to buildings and infrastructure. There have been severe disruptions to normal services in these areas, including hotels and telephone services. To minimize economic damage to the nation, however, Thai and foreign officials emphasize that most tourist destinations in Thailand are unaffected and that, even within Phuket, areas were left unscathed."

MALAYSIA - ..."The tourist destinations of Langkawi and Penang were damaged, but tourism is encouraged to non-affected areas."
3 Comments Post a comment
Anonymous Anonymous said :

it is nice to know that there's a blog about the south east asia earthquake/tsunami.

Sat Jan 08, 01:25:00 pm IST  
Blogger VK said :

It is sad that lately, the trend of moocking the Tsunami Episode that rocked South-East Asia, has started circulating through e-mails. The photographs mock at the origin and the devastation caused due to the Tsunami.

Its sad that some people find others plight amusing...

Sat Jan 08, 02:05:00 pm IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Please find a website www.Tsunami2004.net with lot of usefull information on Tsunami disaster which is worth visiting.

Sun Jan 09, 12:31:00 am IST