Following the devastating floods that ravaged the kingdom of Thailand in 2011, the Sans Phong Marine World is slated to reopen for the first time since, closing a number of years of flood conditions. The Thailand resort is known worldwide for its famous arched promenade which functions as a pathway for tourists to skate down to the beach on the northern side of the island. It was made famous in the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Beach.
In the film, DiCaprio plays an American traveller who goes into voluntary exile in Thailand, ending up living on the island, in an attempt to reconnect with the lost love of his life.
The opening of the park is part of a relief plan for the entire country, which has been beset by major floods. Fifty-six people have died due to the disaster, many as a result of local mudslides and the Thai military has called on more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes. Thirty six Red Cross, county and city volunteers are now taking part in an extensive clean-up operation, including removing debris from the overflowing Padang River.
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