Koh Samui

At 247 sq km (95 sq miles), Samui is Thailand’s third largest island, after Ko Phuket and Ko Chang. Dubbed the biggest coconut plantation in the world until the first backpackers arrived in the 1970s, this island has now seen tourism become its main income earner. Samui’s beaches are world famous - its long, perfect strands attract around 500,000 visitors each year. Chaweng beach, in particular, has a reputation as something of a hang-out for an international party crowd.