While I was in Thailand, I talked to Richard Wilson, the best body painter in Bangkok, and he graciously agreed to paint me. He did me up as an Amazon warrior queen, we did a photo shoot, and my photo wound up being used as the front cover of a Thai backpackers' magazine! (I'm told it was one of the most popular issues, too.) Strange but true!!
A shot of the Similans from above water. Crystal blue water, fine white sand beaches...it would have been fantastic even without the diving!
I learned to dive in the Similan Islands, and saw the most AMAZING things...manta rays, sea turtles, flotillas of barracuda, brightly colored sea cucumbers and starfish, lionfish with their wavy fins, and oh! the schools of bright tropical fish swirling in the blue water...wonderful!!
Me and my scuba instructor.
The Loy Kratong festival on board the ship...this is a major Thai festival that involves lots of candles on floats. Pictured here is a crew member and our divemaster, who had a major rock fetish. (He loved the granite boulders.)
I spent 10 days at a silent meditation retreat at the Buddhist temple Wat Suan Mok. Here I am with the monks.
A Buddhist temple in Myanmar. I crossed very briefly into Myanmar, mostly to renew my Thai visa (you can only stay in Thailand for 30 days at a time, then you have to exit Thailand and come back in).
This is Myanmar's immigration center at the Thai border. I kid you not.
Another shot of the immigration building. This was the first time I've ever seen an immigration center with an official in tank-top underwear and shorts, with chickens running around on the floor under the "official" stamps.