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#16 lexwithbub

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 07:33 AM

Please keep in mind though, that it will take YEARS not months to rebuild... and it's not JUST the hotels that are gone, all the infrastructure is gone, whole villiages have been washed away. So many people have died, they have to focus on dealing with their loss and grieving as well as the clean up, they'll be finding bodies for months, and then there's the risk of disease. Apparently the smell is awful already.

Going to these areas everyone you meet will know someone personally who died.

It is sad that these areas have lost all thier income... fishing, and tourism, but you can't go as a tourist if there's no tourist industry to go to.

It's fine is the hotel is still standing, but if all the staff are off looking for family members, or rebuilding their own home, how is the hotel going to run??

What about staying close to home... go to far north queensland, the daintree instead, and donate the money you save to the charities???

"I feel a bit selfish thinking that our honeymoon may not be going perfectly to plan...when all those people are experiencing utter devestation, death, disease and disaster."

Do you really want to have your holiday in amongst all this devastation, death, disease and disaster?

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 08:27 AM

Everything that Alex said is right.

The hotel/s you may have booked into may not exist anymore.

For me it wouldn't be so much of an issue of what if it happens again.
But there is nothing there to go to.



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Posted 30 December 2004 - 04:58 PM

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Posted 30 December 2004 - 06:51 PM

There is the other school of thought that maybe the hotels etc will want people to come back...much like Bali...but it's certainly a hard one.
Maybe it would be too soon. So sad.
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Posted 30 December 2004 - 08:07 PM

I'm sure that one day the region will be the paradise it was before Xmas, and the tourists will flock back.
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Posted 30 December 2004 - 09:55 PM

We also had booked our honey moon or the Merlin Beach Resort in Phuket.(sounds like a popular destination!)

We are now looking at Bali, as it's cheap and closer to home. We also looked into Sabah where you can get dirt cheap accommodation - 5 star too. But decided against it due to travel warnings and a few other things.

Unfortunately Phuket and surround won't be back on it's feet for quite some time. Look how long it took Bali, and that was just a small area of destruction in comparison. Such a sad,horrible event to happen.
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Posted 30 December 2004 - 11:30 PM

We had booked our honeymoon on a cruise ship leaving Singapore early March. Two of the ports of call were Penang and Phuket.

We are due to pay for the cruise on the 4th January. We both would dearly love to still go and only hope they dont cancel it.

Good luck girls and hope your honeymoon can still go ahead.

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 08:20 AM

We have cancelled our honeymoon in the Maldives. Our travel agent told us our hotel suffered some damage and although it may be functional by the end of the month we thought we didn't want to start our married life in an area where so much death and destruction had just occurred. We are looking at Hawaii now.



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Posted 31 December 2004 - 05:29 PM

We have cancelled our honeymoon to the Merlin Beach Resort now, not sure where we are going, maybe to the south pacfic somewhere, possible Vanuatu, has anyone been there?
I think we will plan to go to Phuket in a couple of years, I reakon it will take a long time to get back to normal, with all the disease's to follow now.
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Posted 31 December 2004 - 06:16 PM

QUOTE (rach @ Dec 31 2004, 05:29 PM)
maybe to the south pacfic somewhere, possible Vanuatu, has anyone been there?

Me! laugh.gif Vanuatu is gorgeous, but I am biased. H2B proposed there laugh.gif .. I went in Feb this year. Despite being in monsoon season, it rained one day only .. which gave me a chance to catch up on the books .. with the compulsory cocktail by the pool of course!! laugh.gif laugh.gif

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Posted 01 January 2005 - 05:57 PM

We spent our honeymoon on Phi Phi Island and Phuket 8 weeks ago, we feel so lucky we were not there when it happened, our wedding date was orginally December, but we changed it to October because we thought it would be too busy then.

We plan to go back one day, the people are so beautiful and it has such special memories being our honeymoon holiday. Give it time, people need time to grieve and rebuild, maybe they don't want to see people having such a good time when they are so sad.


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Posted 02 January 2005 - 07:26 AM

QUOTE (grace @ Jan 1 2005, 06:57 PM)
Give it time, people need time to grieve and rebuild, maybe they don't want to see people having such a good time when they are so sad.

i think you hit the nail on the head.

Something to keep in mind in terms of alternatetravel destinations... what about staying in Australia.. Far North Queensland, Kakadu, WA, or less tropical places like tasmania...

Then you could also donate the money you save on the airfare to one of the tsunami appeals...

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Edited to say... DER BRAIN ME already said that... darn preggo brain... not that i'm like this normally LOL!!!

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Posted 05 January 2005 - 01:51 PM

I'm with Alex. There are so many wonderful places in Australia that are worthwhile visiting. I don't have the difficult choice of re-booking our honeymoon since we are going to Tasmania for two weeks, but I couldn't go to one of the affected countries with a clear conscience, spending what to the locals could be a years wages on a hotel while they struggle for their lives. I'm not expressing myself very well, I know.
I do understand that this is a big decision to brides that have already booked their honeymoon or were thinking of honeymooning in one of these areas - something you have probably been anticipating for a long time. But I just can't fathom why you would want to go there when all around is the destruction caused by the tsunami - villages erased, hundreds or thousands of people killed, mass graves, thirst and hunger, disease spreading, the stench of death. That may seem a bit dramatic but it's all over the news every day. It is going to take those people a long time to get back any semblance of normality and go through the grieving process, considering many of them lost everything they own and most of their family.
I'm not trying to tread on anyone's toes, but will you really be able to enjoy yourself completely if you go to one of these devastated countries in the next few months?
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Posted 05 January 2005 - 02:29 PM

Just wondering whether anyone is encountering the same problem as us.

We are booked to go to Thailand, including Phuket, Krabi and an island which is also badly damaged from 21st Feb to 14th March. However our travel agant can't give us a refund as it was booked through Qantas Holidays and they are only offering refunds for travel up to 30th January.

Our travel agent says that as time goes on the date will probably be extended but its a wait and see approach.

So we now have 2 choices.

1. Book another holiday and possibly be out of pocket for both because the Thailand one is not refunded (Cost $8,700 for Thailand)

2. Wait and see and possibly only find out we can get our money back the week before we are due to go, leaving almost no time to plan another one (particularly with last minute wedding bits and pieces).

Is anyone else facing this predicament and is our travel agent telling us the same things everyone else is hearing??

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 10:59 AM

Goodgirl have you got travel insurance? I don't know if this would cover it but it is worth trying.

Anyone that was planning on staying at Merlin Beach, the info that we have just got from our travel agent is that it is closed until the end of March for repairs.


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