There's one resounding image that sums up Thailand islands for most people that lust over its tropical landscapes - a lone boat in Koh Phi Phi, its shadow visible underneath the water thanks to its crystal clear clarity, surrounded by looming limestone. It's not an exaggeration either - with beach holidays in Thailand you're more than likely to come across countless of the scenes, and you'll never get tired of it.
Idyllic Koh Lipe has blindingly white shores against azure waters. In the far south of Thailand, towards Malaysia, it may have earned itself a party-hard title but its tropical coves have still maintained their laidback paradise feel. One the sun sets, Sunrise Beach gets going (as do the party-hunters).
Head south of bustling Koh Lanta and you'll come across a stunning combination of a national park moulded into a resort island. Long Beach delivers in pool-esque waters and white sands and Ko Kradan has a two kilometre-long beach with fine white shores and limestone jutting dramatically out of its aquamarine seas. A coral reef, home to an array of brightly coloured inhabitants, is only 50 metres off-shore. And if that's enough to convince you, the island is small enough that you could kayak around it within three hours. Slice of paradise found.
It's hard to get away from the crowds in a country as popular as Thailand but Kluai Beach in Koh Kood is the country's fourth largest island and has managed to remain largely unnoticed. Tranquil, unspoilt beaches are the name of the game here.
We'd be remiss not to mention, Phi Phi Don, the Beach, the book that launched a thousand planes over to Thailand's Koh Phi Phi. While it's no longer the undiscovered, stripped back area described by Alex Garland, its golden sands and swaying palms still have the power to charm.
Koh Samui is frequented by plenty of tourists, as is Koh Phangan. However, Mae Nam has the beauty without the crowds. Lounge in silky sands as you stare out to sea - you can even see Koh Phangan.
Railay Beach in Krabi brings in the rock climbers while Phra Nang blows everyone out of the water with its Instragramability (and its resident monkeys).
We could wax lyrical about Thailand beaches but it could go on for days. Island hop around this enigmatic country and see what beaches in Thailand are all about.