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A book list of must-reads for your trip to Thailand

The beautiful thing about going away on holiday is that you have nothing but time on your hands to sit back and relax. And you've chosen to vacation on the scenic beaches and cosy bungalows of Thailand, so you've already set yourself up to do just that. But laying mindlessly on the beach and soaking up warm Pacific rays can get a little boring, we get it. So that means you need to come with a plan to keep your imagination active. You're already surrounded by a landscape so picturesque it feels like it was made up in a book - you're just missing the story to go with it!

Here's our list of books that will go amazingly with your trip to Thailand. Read on! 

"Treasure Island" 

Every good holiday reading list has a classic on there, and when you're in a tropical place like Thailand, what better than a story about a tropical adventure? For those of you who haven't read "Treasure Island" before, we'll give you a quick rundown of all the action (but not the ending, of course). This is a classic tale of swashbuckling pirates created by the great adventure novelist Robert Louis Stevenson.

Young Jim Hawkins' is granted the opportunity of a lifetime when he joins a voyage run by seamen of who (as he will come to find out) are actually treasure hunting, mutinous pirates. Jim is warned to look out for the one-legged man - but when he befriends the one-legged cook Long John Silver, he doesn't see what could be so bad. Of course, he is in for a bit of a surprise as the trip carries on. If you like nonstop action then X marks the spot - this is the read for you!

"Eat, Pray, Love"

Perhaps you've seen the movie starring Julia Roberts, but hey, movies never live up to the books so you need to read this one. It's especially good if you're embarking on a solo trip (or it may just inspire you to do so). Elizabeth Gilbert's story is about her relationships and travels after her divorce. This story is about finding yourself - eating in Italy, praying in India and loving in Bali. It's a sweet, riveting story that may just empower you to evaluate your own life!

Follow Gilbert through this amazing story, and you'll instantly see why it's a massive literary hit.

"The Girl on the Train"

Paula Hawkins' "The Girl on the Train" is an intense psychological thriller that you can't skip over. It's recently come out as a movie, so don't ruin it by seeing it in theatres before you crack this book open. The story starts out with an average ride on the commuter train. Rachel has created perfect imaginary lives for the people she sees in the houses she passes every day - that is until she witnesses something that changes everything. The story really picks up as Rachel goes to the police and gets wrapped up in the investigation. 

This thriller is relatively new to bookshelves but became an instant best seller - and it might just make you more curious about the people you pass on the street every day (and then instantly less curious). 

Trust us - these are absolute page turners so they must make it on your holiday reading list. As you get lost in the stories, however, don't forget to reapply your sunscreen! It's easy to forget where you are once you start reading these books.