It was supposed to be days of festivities and joy. But some 4 years ago on that terrible day, the devastating waves hit the shore, swept almost everything away and torn what left behind apart to pieces. Then time stood deadly still for so long and the space was filled with enormous sadness and sorrow, so enormous that it shattered one's hope, so enormous that it crushed one's spirit.
Now the pieces are picked up and put back together. Home rebuilt, shops reconstructed, hotels reopened. The tourists are returning Phi Phi island, in throngs. More importantly, the smiles are also returning to the friendly faces of the Thai people.
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So much stronger than you know.