To cater for its new high-end buyers, bamboo huts have been replaced by gated estates with infinity pools and staff quarters
October 7, 2016
Lamai Beach on Koh Samui © Luigi Vaccarella/SIME/4Corners
Alex Garland’s bestselling 1996 novel The Beach inspired a generation of backpackers to beat a trail to the Gulf of Thailand. They kicked back in hammocks on Koh Samui’s sugary beaches, grew dreadlocks and danced under a full moon, while dreaming of finding their very own secret beach, just like Garland’s disenchanted protagonist.