It's been over a year since we met and time most certainly makes the heart grow fonder. Thailand, I just had to write to you because there's something I need to admit.
You are vibrant.
Flamboyant, electrifying, striking, beguiling and downright sensuous.
I've always struggled with masks. They always leak and it's because one stray strand of stubborn air has caused a passage for water to cloud the underwater paradise. But there's little you can do to stop me.
Especially if that mask is on my face while I'm Snorkelling around Koh Tao in Thailand. I'm in like a fish to water, even if a mildly blind one.
I couldn't give rocks about the salt in my nose or the burning red eyes post-dive.
There's a submerged beauty that eclipses all the undesirables. The sprinklings of fish darting through your legs as you look for creatures between rocks and the vague thrill you might touch something spiky and dangerous. It's got to be similar to the sensations felt by early Victorian explorers who explored unknown lands centuries back - an electrifying mass of pure unknown waiting for discovery.
I cashed in my annual two-week leave in Thailand and returned with the fragrant taste of time well spent, a hankering for more adventure and the compulsive need to recreate the perfect Thai curry at home (attempts happen least once every week.)
A photoblog of my trip to Thailand is published on the Getaway Travel Blog, which you can read in full here.
Check out some of my favourite photographs from two weeks travelling in Thailand.