Thailand's infamous beach rave turned 25 this year, making it old enough to refrain from dodgy drugs, buckets of vodka and drunken hook-ups with Danish backpackers.
When the stress levels are rising, what's a girl to do but submit to a week of indulgence in a sanctuary devoted to wellbeing, writes Harriet Upjohn.
John Borthwick takes the slow coastal route to Koh Samui, village by village, on flat, smooth, traffic-free roads.
Winsor Dobbin, Belinda Jackson and Mal Chenu know where foodies, culture mavens and adventurers can go to embrace or escape the cold.
Julie Miller emerges exhausted but delighted after trying her hand at a punch-packing national pastime.
A group of friends wants to go on a holiday that will suit both those who want to sit on the beach and those who want to experience a different culture.
A dream job as a scuba instructor in Koh Samui turned into a dangerous, costly nightmare for one Australian after he became ill without travel insurance.
Ten years after the release of The Beach, Michelle Jana Chan returns to the set in search of paradise beside the sea.