Koh Phi Phi
Right after I graduated from college, my Israeli boyfriend and I went to the far east for a year. We spent four months of that in Thailand, much of it on Kho Phan Gan. It was almost deserted then, very small villages and only two guesthouses. We slept on the beach in huts that were no more than a wooden platform and a straw roof.
People were just starting to go to Koh Phi Phi around that time. We never made it, and since then it has become a huge tourist attraction complete with posh hotels, and a Holiday Inn. I keep thinking of the people dead there. The websites have forlorn messages from parents looking for small children, wives looking for husbands.
And then from Aceh there's this aerial photograph of an entire town, showing little sign life.
It's just so incredibly sad.