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Sunday, January 02, 2005

First-hand account from Maprao Resort, Phi Phi

Dear Friends, dear Customers of Maprao Resort,

Thanks for your messages and concern for our resort and our people.

Phi Phi Islands have been severely damaged (especially the village and its surroundings). Our resort was among the lucky ones...

All our customers residing in the resort at the time of the disaster escaped unharmed. Maprao's staff too. The dive instructors Nikos and Lach, Miao (barkeeper) are safe and sound. Everybody staying there showed a lot of courage and efficiency.

Our son Boris was spending some holidays in Japan and hurried back to Thailand to give us a hand. As to both of us, we were also very lucky to escape (when the tsunami hit the island, we were on the ferry boat from Phi Phi to Phuket, stucked in the middle of the sea..).

The bungalows, built a little higher on the hill, are still o.k. But the reception, the lobby, the restaurant, the kitchen, the dive shop, the beach bar, the front terraces, the Holy Tree suite etc... have been destroyed in a few seconds.

Others in the village or elsewhere have had less luck. Many of our Thai and foreign friends have been washed away forever...

All the survivors have now been evacuated and we are not allowed for the moment to return to the island, because of the search works and the high risks of diseases. But as soon as possible, we will brace ourselves with all our strength and courage and rebuild our future.

Thanks for all the good vibrations you are sending to us.

Guy et Marie-Pia de Fauconval
Direction de Maprao Resort.


As you know, Phi Phi Islands, Phuket and many other places in Thailand have been severely damaged by the terrible tsunami and, besides the horrific human losses, the numerous injuries and the profound distress, everything has to be rebuilt.

Donations would be welcomed for the first aid and urgent rescue, as well as for the families having lost relatives and friends, their home, their business or their belongings.

For that reason, Maprao Resort has decided to open a special ‘emergency account’.

Please send money donations by swift to the following bank account :

By swift MT 100

Siam Commercial Bank PCL Bangkok (head Office)

Swift code : SICOTHBK

for credit account nr. 537 – 2 – 89694 – 1


Phuket Branch

Siam Commercial Bank PCL

66 Rasada road – Muang Phuket 83000


Tel ++

Fax ++ and ++

You can be assured that your donations will be distributed to the persons in need and only to them.

In order to allow us to keep track of your transaction, please be so kind to send us an e-mail with mention of your name, the amount of your donation and the day of your transaction.

Your kindness and your solidarity in these difficult times are really appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your prompt generosity.

Please forward this message to all your family, friends and relatives!!!!!!!

Maprao Resort
The most authentic resort in
Koh Phi Phi
Le plus authentique des 'resorts' de Koh Phi Phi