As with many other Thai islands, large swathes of central Koh Samui are dominated by lush jungle, which means the resorts are found dotted around the coast. Fantastic 4 and 5-star hotels can be found across the island, but many of the best establishments are situated along the northern and northeastern coasts, close to Mae Nam, Bophut and Chaweng. Not only are these areas close to Samui Airport, they also boast excellent stretches of beach, a range of bars, restaurants, clubs and attractions such as the Wat Plai Laem temple. The most lively region here is Chaweng, a hotspot for nightlife and water sports. Further down the eastern coast, Lamai Bay provides excellent resorts and boasts easy access to fascinating historic and natural attractions. Travel inland and you can explore Koh Samui’s wild side, hiking through the jungle to visit astonishing waterfalls and animal parks. On the island’s southern coast you’ll find a select number of resorts. Here there are fewer shops, attractions and nightclubs, which makes for a quieter and more relaxed vibe. Visit the southern coast to truly escape the world, stretching out on secluded beaches and snorkelling in calm blue waters.