Overplayed: Koh Chang
Visiting Thailand is an exercise in avoiding places overrun with tourists. Koh Chang, or Elephant Island, is 18 miles long and has only nine villages, a few of them only accessible by boat. Unfortunately, this little paradise has been the focus of rapid development, with more on the way—construction sites abound, with all the accompanying noise. A better option is Sairee, a crescent of sand on Koh Tao island with palm trees arcing over the aquamarine water as if they are yearning to drink from the sea, according to Fodor's. Along the thin sliver of golden sand sits rustic, traditional beach huts, a scene that's perfect for lounging in hammocks. It's west-facing and therefore great for watching the sunset.