Connect with us

Phuket

“Aftermath’ set to be converted into tourist spot

Published

 on 

LAYAN: A “destroyed” building specially constructed at Layan Beach by the team shooting the TV tsunami mini-series Aftermath, will not be knocked down.

Instead, it is to be taken over by the Sirinath National Park authorities and converted into a rest area for tourists and park officials.

The crew shooting the mini-series, which will be shown on the BBC and HBO networks, was filming at the beach for around a week and attempted to recreate the chaos of the days after the tsunami hit.

Once filming was completed, tourists and residents were initially left perplexed as to why there was a new “smashed” building in the national park, strewn with Christmas decorations and other garbage.

One walker on the beach even reported coming across a fake arm and a fake leg, made of silicon, apparently left behind on the beach by the film crew.

This morning, Veeraphol Ratana, Chief Protection Officer of Layan Beach, which is within Sirinath National Park, cleared up the mystery.

“The house was part of the set for the mini-series. We asked the film-makers to leave it because we plan to fix it up so tourists and park officials can use it for relaxing.

“It would have been easy for the film crew to destroy the building and clear the site but I feel that the foundations will be useful for us. We plan to have it ready for next high season.”

As for the debris lying around, he said, “Much of the rubbish still on the beach consists of trees that were knocked down by the tsunami and debris brought in by the monsoon.

“Unfortunately, at the moment we do not have the budget or the personnel to clear it all up,” he added, “but we hope to have the beach completely cleaned by the start of high season.”

Gazette reporters were not able to to find the arm and leg, so it appears that they have been picked up, possibly by local children.

K. Veeraphol noted that park officials may legally erect “temporary” structures such as salas in a national park area without prior permission. This is what is planned for the Aftermath structure.

About 100 local people joined in the filming and were paid 500 baht a day. Local resident Nares Promdan, 52, said that the production team brought in around 300 dummy corpses for the shooting.

“They brought in wood and dummies from Khao Lak to make the area look like it did in the days following the tsunami. It didn’t cause any major problems here, though at one point almost 100 ten-wheel trucks were parking along the beach area. The last temporary toilet was removed only this morning,” he added.

Worapong Mooktang, 12, who spent three days working as an extra on the production, said, “I played a boy who helped the main character after the tsunami by giving him supplies. It was very hot and we had to work all day, but that was fine – I had a lot of fun.”

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime17 mins ago

Body of missing woman found tied to water pump in western Thailand

South Korea20 mins ago

NZ suitcase murders go to court

Thailand48 mins ago

Chinese gangs in Thailand take another hit as “Tony” falls

Sponsored7 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Pollution56 mins ago

Environmental police arrest 7 over illegal dumping in Bangkok

Crime1 hour ago

Pattaya Police warn city’s taxi riders to behave after sexual assault case

Press Room2 hours ago

Thai-Italian Business Summit highlights the importance of a shared vision

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand2 hours ago

Percentage of HIV infections rising among young Thais

Tourism2 hours ago

TAT launches luxury travel package to Thailand for rich South Korean tourists

Lifestyle2 hours ago

Check Thai lottery result 1 December 2022

Thailand2 hours ago

Unexploded MK-82 bomb found in Songkhla forest

World3 hours ago

Iranian forces kill young man for celebrating World Cup loss

Crime3 hours ago

Thai police seize 8 businesses in Phuket owned by Chinese gangster Tuhao

Thailand3 hours ago

Planning a small conference? Try Thailand’s super-luxury villas

Bangkok4 hours ago

50 crypto mines raided for stealing Thai electricity

Bangkok5 hours ago

Bangkok ranked No.6 in the top 10 best cities for expats

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending