A few years back, some friends and I took a trip to Thailand. We took a 14 hour flight from LA to Bangkok, then flew to Koh Sumui, took a boat to Koh Phangan, then took a jeep 45 minutes over the mountain and through the jungle to where we were staying. At one point, one of my friends looked at me and said "dude... we are so far from home right now". In that moment, I felt free. The beach was gorgeous, the massages were so cheap we got one every day, and the food was pretty delicious. Try it out if you get the chance!
Bars and nightlife
Haad Yuan Beach
Smaller beach area with many bars and restaurants in the sand