World-class though Thailand’s cultural attractions undoubtedly are, it’s hard to resist the allure of its extraordinarily beautiful beaches. Nowhere else in Asia holds so many of them, nor with such squeaky white sand and stupefyingly transparent water. The only problem is deciding which one to choose. Featured on the following pages is a rundown of our favourite Thai beaches, islands and seaside boltholes. The selection is by no means comprehensive, but it will give you an idea of the kind of places and experiences you can expect. Our Southeast Asia specialists know dozens more and will be happy to discuss your requirements in order to devise your perfect beach holiday.