I have had loads of help on the Bangkok and Thailand forum and with great advice sorted out flights from London and internal flights. As we are going in May2014 it was recommended I go East side of the islands and with that I will be going to Koh Samui from Bangkok with Bangkok Airways.
I will have 14 nights on the beach so I need to pick an AREA and HOTEL on the island which is AWAY FROM CHAWENG BEACH (think that is correct) as that is not for us after reading the TA reviews. It is too loud, too touristy and too commercialised.
We are looking for a quiet beach hotel/area where we can walk to sufficient bars/restaurants & souvenir shops to keep us occupied for the 2weeks. If we need more excitement or bigger shops we will travel to it for the day for shops etc.
We do not want totally nothing in the area but enough to go out for an evening and have a few bars/restaurants to choose from.
Money is not an issue BUT I do not want a 5* all-inclusive hotel we do not leave. We want to eat out everyday for dinner with breakfast/lunch at a nearby bar/beach bar or the hotel.
Any advice accepted to narrow down the area initially AND if you can help with hotel great. As many recommendations as possible and I'll tally up the votes for the areas.
Thanks in advance. And sorry introduction a bit long but I want to get it right......