Beautiful island off the coast of Central Thailand by Surat Thani. Home to beautiful beaches, rice fields, elephant rides, delicious food, friendly people, a great nightlife, and bars galore. Apparantly, the island used to be a great relaxation spot with only a few party locations (such places as the Reggae Pub and the Green Mango are on this island, both long-lived and well known). Now, Chaweng Beach, originally a few sets of bungalows and a couple of bars, has graduated to some 80 resorts within a mile stretch or so, and a tremendous number of bars. Lamai Beach isn't far behind. Quieter bungalows and resorts can be found in the Northern parts of the island, hidden away behind the stores and residences along the main road. Prices are more reasonable in the North as well.