The national bestseller “The beach” written by author Alex Garland and published in 1996 as Garland's debut novel.
The novel takes place in Bangkok and follows a group of backpackers who are on the hunt for a secret island named “The beach” The main character, Richard, is on the hunt for the ultimate paradise and is driven by that.
The only downer is, everyone's got the same idea. We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you have got to ask yourself, what is the point of that?” (quote form the film)
This again supports the claim that Richard does not want to be the traditional tourist... he wants to be a traveller.
Richard is always searching for the ultimate paradise because he believes that when he finds that he will be satisfied forever: “And me, I still believe in paradise.