Life returning to normal in Phuket

PHUKET, Thailand -- Nearly a month after the deadly tsunami hit the region, the Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) reports that life is returning to normal in Phuket.

Patong, the association said, was only affected along the beach road, leaving 80% of the city untouched. On the beaches on the West Coast of the island, including Kata, Karon, Nai Han, Nai Yang and Bang Thao, there was less than 10% damage, according to the PTA.

The PTA is urging travelers to come back and spend their money on the island, where it will be channeled into the economy and serve as direct relief to locals suffering from the tsunami.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to David Cogswell at [email protected].

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