By Leona Thomas
In 2015 I was visiting Somerset in the UK and got talking to the cleaner at my Hotel. She is from Thailand and met her British husband there. They lived close to the border with Laos for many years before finally moving to the UK.
During the early years of their marriage in Thailand, she got pregnant. They planned to have a holiday in Phuket, in a hotel they had stayed in many times before. She said that if it was up to her she would have just turned up at the hotel without booking but her husband was British and so he booked and paid for the room before they got there.
The time came for them to travel. The first stop was Bangkok. When they arrived there she said she felt exhausted. She was 4 months pregnant by then and had been feeling tired for much of the pregnancy already. Now that they were in Bangkok she felt that she just wanted to go home and stay there.
Although the hotel was all booked up and paid for, her husband agreed to bring her home. It saved their lives.
Two days later, on 26 December 2004, the world watched the news in horror - an earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia had created a huge tsunami that destroyed property and killed and injured hundreds of thousands of people in its path. That tsunami completely demolished the hotel in Phuket where they had booked their room.
Her fatigue cancelled their holiday and saved their lives. She went on to give birth to a healthy baby girl and they are all now British citizens living in the UK.
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