The Similans are Paradise.
Just got off the boat from the trip, so this is going to be a short email–I still have my “sea legs” so everything is still swaying back and forth, and I’m getting seasick sitting here and looking at a stationary monitor. But the Similans are just amazing…coral reefs beyond anything I’ve seen in photos or even fanciful artists’ representations, crammed with brightly colored tropical fish and more exotic sealife (lionfish, scorpionfish, barracuda, giant sea turtles, manta rays, etc.). I kept a trip diary which I will clean up and send off as soon as everything stops swaying (hopefully tomorrow morning). Unfortunately my visual memory is about the size of a peanut (I think in language), and it’s impossible to do justice to the sight in words, anyway–but I’ll give it a try. It really was amazing.
Note: anyone who wants to spend Xmas in Southeast Asia, drop me an email and let’s go diving together. Sherry, this means you. 😉 I can’t imagine any better place to spend Christmas–I’d do it again in a flash.
off for dinner at the pizza place, and to pick up my custom-tailored silk clothes–tomorrow I’ll try to get the diary updated. Thurs or Fri I leave for Bangkok…