Volunteer body searchers at the resorts of Phi Phi Island and Khao Lak have been reported as claiming they have heard laughing and singing on a devastated beach only to find darkness and empty sand.The ghosts seem to be almost exclusively farangs (foreigners) who have not had relatives to bless their bodies and cremate them.
Taxi drivers at Patong on Phuket island swear they picked up a foreign man and his Thai girlfriend going to the airport with all their baggage, only to then look in the rear-view mirror and find an empty seat.
Guards at a beachfront plaza in Patong said one of their men had quit after hearing a foreign woman cry "help me" all night long and similar stories abound of a foreign ghost walking along the shoreline at night calling for her child.
"[The tsunami] happened so quickly, the foreigners didn't know what happened and they all think they are still on the beach. They all think they are still on holiday," Patong bar manager Napaporn Phroyrungthong said.