I returned to the Phuket area again this year but decided to stay in the small beach town of Khao Lak instead. Khao Lak is a thriving tourist destination for backpackers, up-scale tourists, adventure tourist and scuba enthusiasts, the 17-mile Khao Lak coastline was the Thai area hardest hit by the Asian tsunami of December 2004. Fortunately, most of the town has been rebuilt. It's about a 90-minute drive from the airport but totally worth the drive to escape the crowded beaches of Phuket. For my last day, I drove around exploring the Khao Lak area a little further. I made a visit to the Tsunami Museum to make a donation and then contributed my last bit to the local economy with one final massage.