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Koh Samui, boasting with beautiful beaches and scenery, you can tell why Koh Samui is a top tourist destination in Thailand and is the third-largest island in Thailand and offers something for everyone. The population is 63,000 people and Nathon is the capital town on the island. There’s a lively nightlife with restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. Or for those that prefer something a little quieter, the island offers pristine beaches with a chilled vibe. So, whether you’re a family group or single, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. With generally lower prices compared to its close neighbor, Phuket. Samui is made up of four main areas; Chaweng, the main nightlife area, Lamai, like Chaweng but with a more laid-back vibe, Choeng mon, close to Chaweng but with no traffic and no parties and Bophut, a small fisherman’s village with plenty of restaurants.
Learn more about the Koh Samui apartment market through trends and average prices.
Because of the beautiful nature and pristine beaches on Samui, you will find that investment properties are highly sought after. Because of this Samui is home to many varieties of apartments that offer comfortable living in prime locations with modern appliances, while still remaining affordable. With most apartments are equipped with excellent privacy, a fitness center, pool, and is only a stone’s throw from the beach and with so many different properties to choose from, Samui will remain a residential hotspot.
● Fisherman’s village Bophut: Fisherman’s village is a historic shopping area in Bophut. It is one of the most popular tourist areas on the island. Home to the popular fisherman’s markets on Friday nights. Go for the amazing street food, do some shopping, or dine by the beach at one of the many restaurants. Fisherman’s Village is located along the main road that runs around Koh Samui. It’s easy to find transportation going to the village from anywhere on the island.
● Chaweng Beach: Located on Samui’s north-eastern coast, Chaweng beach is the longest strip of sand available in Samui. The beach offers many water sports like jet-skiing and paddle boarding and has a fun holiday vibe. Chaweng is the busiest part of the island. Relax by the beach and get a massage during the day and watch as the nightlife unfolds as the sun goes down.
● Lamai Beach: A tropical hangout with waterfront bars, it is the second-largest resort area after Chaweng. With a large array of restaurants whether you want seafood, burgers, Indian, or just somewhere where you can view a beautiful sunset Lamai will have what you are looking for.
● Wat plai laem: A modern and recently built Buddhist temple on the island of Koh Samui. Wat Plai Lem is surrounded by a water lake and is host to an outdoor statue of ‘Guanyin’ the goddess of compassion or mercy. With a Chinese and Thai architectural influence, Wat Plai Lem is also home to some smaller shrines in honor of Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, and Sakka.
● Na Mueang waterfall: Situated in the luscious rainforest area of Samui, the Na Mueang Waterfalls are a sight to behold. The name Muang in Thai translates to purple and is given to the waterfalls because of the rocks that are surrounding the cascading water of the falls. The waterfalls are located South from Nathon and the water spills down from the highest point of Samui.
Lifestyle in Samui has a laidback and chilled vibe with beautiful luscious rainforest at the center and surrounded by several beautiful beaches, lined with palm trees. You may find yourself never wanting to leave once you arrive. The weather is great most of the year and the traffic is relatively quiet compared to other parts of Thailand. Because of this, the island doesn’t offer a huge amount of transport options. There are songtaews that make their way around the streets of the town that are easy enough to take, another option is to rent a bike as the roads are quiet. You can rent a bike for around 150-200 Thai Baht or if renting for a longer period, you can do this at a discounted price. As Samui has a large number of expats from different parts of the world it’s easy to find the comforts of home in this town. You will easily find a Sunday roast and there are many convenience stores selling imported goods.
There are several different visa options for Thailand and the country can be entered on a 30-day visa exemption or you can obtain the correct tourist visa from your home country.
If you are looking to stay in Thailand a little longer, another option is the ‘Thailand Apartment investment visa’. In order to obtain a Thailand Investment visa, you must invest 10 million Baht into Thailand (Baht is the local currency in Thailand). The 10 million Baht does not have to be invested into one property; it could be invested across several properties and you can also put some into a Thai bank account to hit the 10 million mark.