Magazine article Geographical

Thailand: One Worker's Story

Magazine article Geographical

Thailand: One Worker's Story

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For countless hotel workers in the popular Thai tourist destinations of Phuket and Khao Lak, lives, homes and families have been devastated not only by the tsunami, but also by the unfair and exploitative treatment they receive from the hotels. Many hotel workers have already lost their jobs and must now return to their families elsewhere in Thailand.

Khao Lak has suffered huge and long-term devastation, with only a handful of hotels left out of more than 100. In a region where most people are involved in tourism, hotels continue to flout national and international laws, leaving workers and their families without compensation and the pay to which they are entitled. Many also don't hold the deeds to the land where their homes once stood, and the government states they must move. It's thought that much of this land will be used for tourism development.

Ake, a bellboy in Khao Lak told us his story: "Before the tsunami, I worked as a bellboy, carrying luggage and welcoming guests. …

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