Over the New Year's holiday, a group of Rohingya refugees managed to get by boat to Langkawi in Malaysia. Many swam over 500m to reach land and at least one died. Another boat of Rohingya refugees managed to reach Phuket around the same time.
While these human dramas were occurring, my husband and I were enjoying a New Year's trip in Tarutao Marine National Park, which is in the same part of the Andaman Sea that the Rohingya refugee families struggled through.
Our group found the conditions challenging at times _ high waves, strong winds and occasional driving rain.
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