The search for the perfect Thai isle, the one to match The Beach-fuelled fantasies, is a well-trodden path. ‘It’s not as if Koh Lanta is some hidden paradise, an untouched spot where no one but the most intrepid backpacker has ever set foot,’ says von Simson. ‘But it is, in the grand scheme of Thai islands, deliciously unspoilt…. Thailand is one of more than 150 countries that Malaysia Airlines flies to – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350.