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In July 2010 I had been attending a conference in Phuket, Thailand. One day when I was free from the conference, I took a one-day excursion boat trip around the Andaman Sea, visiting Phi Phi Leh, Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, and Monkey Island. The highly salty water is as clean and pristine as one would hope Paradise would also feature. I went swimming, gorging on spicy Thai food, and shooting photos at abandon.

The scene is Maya Bay on the Thai Island of Phi Phi Leh, a veritable Suburb of Paradise. What is ironic is that just 13 years ago Phuket was rendered into a suburb of hell by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The unimaginably beautiful scenery served as the location for the 2000 Leonardo di Caprio film, “The Beach.” The 1974 James Bond film, "The Man with the Golden Gun," was shot in Ko Tapu, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, not far from Phi Phi Leh.

The photo shows a traditional boat powered by a fairly large motor. Along with these traditional boats, one sees the modern boats powered by as many as five outboard engines, each rated at 250 HP. Please, see an earlier photo I posted, "Horse Power." Thai boat owners appear to have a fixation on high powered boats, considering how many other boats with similar engines were on display.



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