ok, we need help in deciding the middle part of our Thailand holiday (early July). We are spending time in Chiang Rai & chiang Mai at the beginning of our trip and have the last part booked at Indigo Pearl. It's the middle section we can't decide on. Have narrowed it to either Khao Lak or Koh Samui. Have not been to either. We are happy to pay around $140 (Aust) per night, and like good pools and if the beach is good we love walking and if possible swimming there too. Usually we have the bulk of our meals at the local small restaraunts. We do not like a hotel that prefers to cater to western food styles. We do not like Phuket/Patong, to busy, always go for area's that bit further away from the main towns. Don't need to be shopping constantly but do like to be able to buy beer & nibbles etc to have in our room. The hotels we like the look of on Trip Adv. in Khao Lak are J W Marriot & Ramada. On Koh Samui we like Rocky's & Bandara. Oh and we prefer not to be over-run with young children (we are in early 50's). Any advise appreciated!