Undecided about which island to stay at whilst we are travelling SE Asia. We will want to stay at a lively enough resort with a few bars to visit whilst at the same time a nice beach during the day. Obviously we will be on a budget too, anyone have any recommendations ?
Personally I prefered Koh Pha Ngan...I found Koh Samui far to touristy for me and it seemed to be a lot of package holidays...Koh Pha Ngan on the other hand, although it full of backpackers and is busy in parts, has so many beautiful areas, things to do in the day time, plenty of bars for nightime ans some amazing beaches!
i'd definately stay on Koh Phangn, i agree with Twinkle; Koh samoui is very package hiliday and very commercialised now. If you wana a bit of both, beautiful beach by day and chilled, relaxed, but also a few parties by night. I'd advise you to stay on Had Yao (west). Its not as manic as Had rin, but not as quiet as some of the other areas of the island.