I am in Memphis at the moment, en route to New Orleans, so this will have to be quick. Since I am on the road at the moment, I am only getting news of the Asian tsunami in bits and pieces, but naturally I am worried about the human toll of the disaster — particularly in Thailand, where I have many Thai friends and traveling acquaintances. So, very quickly:
1) If you haven’t already, please donate to the relief efforts, even if it is just a few dollars. Google has set up a donation link page here.
2) If anyone has news of or knows of the situation in Ranong, Thailand (my former expat home), please let me know. I have yet to hear from my friends in the area.
3) If you know of online reports from travelers in Thailand — especially the Phuket or Koh Phi Phi area — please post links or anecdotal information here (or email me), as I am worried about the fate of a stretch of the Andaman Sea (and the people who visit there) that feels like a second home to me.