The government installing a system is a waste if the public still does not have knowledge about the system, and there is no party assigned to educate people on how the system works.

Hotels are investing billions of baht (Thailand's currency) to rebuild, but they don't want to spend some 500 000 baht (about R77 714) more to buy a small warning system and link into the government system to warn their guests.

They knew exactly what was going to happen, but they ... were afraid to make a decision, because they believed if they made a wrong forecast they would get blamed.

Several hotel guests have complained to me that they have seen no map, no signs, not even a brochure on what to do if a tsunami occurs. People who sleep in the rooms will not hear the warning from sirens if the hotel has not installed a warning system in their rooms.