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The Library, by Chaweng beach on Ko Samui, is decorated in sparkling white – except for the dramatic red-tiled pool. The resort is a study in pared-back and contemplative design, with iMacs in every room (14/1 Moo 2; from £270).

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is served by BA and Thai Airways from Heathrow (from £820). Air-hopping around the country remains an affordable option, with operators including Bangkok Airways and Air Asia. Most routes originate from Bangkok (Ko Samui from £140). Ko Samui is the only island in this guide you can fly to. Ferries serve the other islands from mainland transport hubs, including Trat, Surat Thani, Chumphon, Krabi and Trang, often with a dedicated bus service to the relevant pier. It’s best to check your guidebook for specific details and providers.

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The article ‘Mini guide to Thailand’s islands’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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