Koh Samui offers a great balance of both. Within the same day, you can feel like you’re the last person left on earth, and easily find happy hour crowds and nightlife. At the same time, Samui is more developed than many other tourist destinations in the region (like Koh Phangan , Koh Tao and the mainland, Surat Thani). Its hotels and guesthouses number in the hundreds, it benefits from world-class hospitals and is well-stocked with restaurants and shopping of nearly every description. The difference? Samui is large enough to absorb the aforementioned without blinking, giving visitors both convenience and unspoiled beaches.