Think about what you want from your vacation.
Young couples seeking a private, romantic and tranquil setting will probably be
happiest staying at a medium-sized hotel or a bungalow resort in the villages of
Mae Nam, Bophut, Choeng
Mon, Thong Takian, or anywhere on the southern or western coasts.
Families with active and sports-loving youngsters, and those who don't want to
be more than a few minutes from nightlife and shopping, might opt for
Chaweng, located on the east coast. The
island's liveliest village, it is home to many of Samui's larger hotels with
their recreational options, as well as the island's most robust commercial
center with its many restaurants, bars, nightclubs and discotheques. Further
south but also on the east coast,
Lamai is almost as bustling as Chaweng, but the
lodgings tend to be built on a smaller scale and more economical.
Those who last visited Samui prior to late
1999 will be amazed at how thoroughly the ring road that encircles the island
has been widened. Circumnavigating the island is now easier than ever, and
whatever choice you make, you are never far from the nearest sea bathing or
eatery. (See also Accommodations.)
for a Map of Koh Samui