December 14, 2004
Dear Family and Friends
I am sitting on the restaurant deck that overlooks a small private beach. I am watching the sun disappear into the Gulf of Siam. I am on Koh Chang, (Elephant Island), the second largest in Thailand, off the eastern peninsula close to the border with Cambodia.
The sea is calm, only a few gentle ripples tickle the sand; the bright red sun seems to be resting against a misty white screen.