Coldplay’s “Sky Full Of Stars” played in my head and I wondered if my favourite band would ever come up with a water-centric version of the song as I was immersed in deep dark waters, enveloped with looming limestone caves and what looked like a hundred tiny stars within the water bed. But I’ll get to that soon enough.
Between 2018 to 2019, I have been to Thailand 4 times. In fact, early 2020 would have been my fifth visit and yes, before you ask, I was still excited! The one question that is posed again and again is how do you revisit a place so many times and not get bored of it? It only makes me smile. From a family visit to a bachelorette, to leading two groups of strangers to the country so many call my second home, each experience had been similar and still so distinct from one another. Think of your favourite book, the absolute favourite one. You would have read it a couple of times and would still on some days find the urge to read it yet again. Sometimes, you would be reading it again after ages and you would come across a detail that had slipped from your mind, painting a new chapter of the tale in your head and sometimes, its sheer familiarity would have you running the next scene in your mind already but you still flip the pages excitedly to read it and relive it once more. Travelling to one of your favourite destinations is akin to that.