Thailand in three things is pad thai, elephants and islands. There are many more stereotypes and images than that, but given these three in a quiz you’d probably guess Thailand, right? We got to the Thai islands on our second visit to the country, after a 30hour journey from hell down from Laos (seriously, if you can afford it, get an internal flight). There are over 200 islands in Thailand, and many more in the surrounding seas. Having sat out rainy season, we were desperate for some real undisturbed beach time, so headed down the dryer west coast. Two weeks were spread over Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, and Koh Lipe, and my god was it worth it.