Thailand leaves mark on Jolie

A BRIEF visit to Thailand has left an indelible mark on Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie.

After a two-day visit to Cambodia, the 29-year-old star stopped in the Thai capital Bangkok to have a tiger tattooed on her lower back.

Jolie, whose movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was shot partly at Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple, spent more than two hours at a hotel having the 12-inch-long image applied by renowned tattooist Sompong Kanphai.

It was the actress’s second tattoo by Sompong, who in April of last year applied an image featuring ancient Cambodian script, designed to ward off bad luck.

Jolie reportedly said she flew back to Bangkok especially to get the latest tattoo because the first one made her feel that her life was filled with luck. Sompong chanted an ancient hymn to bless the latest tattoo, according to reports.

Jolie arrived on a private plane from Cambodia with her Cambodian son, Maddox, whom she adopted two years ago with her former husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton.

On Tuesday, Jolie met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who offered her citizenship in recognition for her nature conservation efforts in his poverty-stricken country.

The actress is giving a Cambodian community development organisation $2 million for its environmental protection efforts in the northwest. She has also built a house in the area.

Jolie won a supporting-actress Oscar for Girl, Interrupted in 2000. She is reported sport many tattoos, most notably a dragon on her upper left arm.

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