We stayed in Khao Lak this year for the first time and really liked it. However we were not too keen on the sun lounger situation having to be on the hotel premises and now I've been reading that the beach restaurants have been demolished. The beach restaurants for me were what made the holiday so enjoyable. We have also previously stayed in Koh Samui, south end of Chaweng which we also enjoyed.
Next February we are looking for a 3 week stay, split between 2 locations that have a contrast and we are looking for suggestions other than Khao Lak.
A great beach suitable for long walks is high on the list.
A good quality hotel with nice rooms.
A selection of bars and restaurants within walking distance, but nothing too rowdy.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated.