Friday, December 15, 2006

I am sitting in the Bangkok airport waiting for my departure to Taipei. After an incredible trip I am ready to go home. Please keep checking my blog for the next couple of weeks as I have many pics and videos I plan to post from my trip. I had to skip over a lot in order to keep the blog updated.

I am looking forward to seeing everybody when I get home. Please don't be mad if I didn't bring you anything... because unless your name starts with an L and ends in indsay I probably didn't. Thank you for understanding.

(btw- the first post on this blog has my itinerary if you are interested in tracking my flight progress Mom)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Friday was the 4th time I have flown into Bangkok's Airport, Suvarnabhumi (BKK). The airport opened on September 28, 2006, just a few days before I arrived on October 2nd. Suvarnabhumi (pronounced suwanapoom) is home to the tallest air traffic control tower in the world and it is the world's 2nd largest airport terminal behind Hong Kong.

Above: Courtyard and terminal building (photo from

Thai Airways Boeing 747-400.
The dive trip was great but I was ready to move on. On Friday, December 8, my Dad and I flew from Phuket to Bangkok. I couldn't wait to get back to the capital city for its rich culture and incredible food.

The roof of the dive boat was referred to as "Skin-cancer deck" by the head divemaster. (the clever name keeps the deck sparsely populated)

My Dad and I agreed that the 1.5 hour flight from Phuket to Bangkok was much better than the 12 hour train ride and accompanying 5 hour bus ride from Bangkok to Phuket.

Goodbye Phuket.

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Similan Islands were impressive to say the least. The dive sites we visited were heavily saturated with life. Admittedly I am an abecedarian underwater photographer as I took all of the photographs in this post. (including those of myself- and with the exception of "Maverick")

Above: My Dad battles the choppy water just before a dive.

Above: One of many beautiful fishes I was unable to identify... or I have since forgotten the name.

Spotting this Sea Turtle completed a very fortunate early dive career. After 18 dives in Thailand I have seen a Whale Shark, dozens of Reef Sharks, and a Sea Turtle. (as well as a variety of smaller aquatic life and various types of coral)

My Dad waves to me at 20 meters.

I told the Dive boat to refer to me as Maverick.. it didn't catch on.