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Located 700 km to the south of Bangkok is this welcoming island that promises more than azure blue skies and cerulean waters fringed with palms. This is the place where you come to rejuvenate and to re-energize yourself.
Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand and is an ideal tourist destination for everyone as there is something for all age groups and all levels of activity. Beach hopping, adventure sports, temples, nightlife, nature treks, sightseeing, and amazing food – it is all available here.
The best way to reach Koh Samui is to fly from Bangkok; almost 20 flights fly between these two destinations each day. One can also fly down from Singapore, Pattaya, and Phuket. The other means to reach Samui is by ferry or catamaran from Surat Thani which is a 90-minute ride. From here you can also go to other tourist destinations like Pattaya by chartering a yacht if you prefer to be surrounded by water.
The climate is warm and ranges from between 26-degree centigrade to 33-degree centigrade all through the year. Unlike the rest of Thailand, Koh Samui remains dry between April and September of each year. The city is well established and people get around by using taxis, motorbikes, electric bikes, bicycles, and songthaews. There are international schools and world-class medical facilities here.
Learn more about the Koh Samui condo market through trends and average prices.
As a foreigner, it is easy to possess a condominium but not land. Thankfully, there is so much choice available that you may never feel the need to purchase land. You can buy simple studio apartments to multi-bedroom luxury condos here. Many of these properties come with additional amenities like private pool, security and a view to die for. The high-end condos have additional facilities like gym, sauna, concierge services etc. some even offer transport between the condo complex and the nearby beach.
Listed below are a few areas that are popular with the expat community wanting to find a quiet retreat of their own in Koh Samui.
This idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand where millionaires and backpackers visit all through the year is home to over 60,000 local Thai people. The locals follow Buddhism and are warm and friendly to visitors to the island. They dress conservatively and lead a laid-back life. But for those who love parties and nightlife, there is no shortage of choice as a string of bars, clubs, and restaurants catering to tourist’s tastes are present in the Chaweng area. However, those who like a more peaceful time on the island will not be disappointed as there are many properties well hidden from prying eyes and far from the noise.
But what is truly world class here are the spas and massages – you must pamper oneself in this part of the world because these services are really good value here.
Koh Samui is safe and free from violent crime of any sort and even if there are any petty problems the tourist police, who incidentally is well versed in English, rush in to sort the problem amicably and as quickly as possible. Coming back to essentials, there are several major supermarkets like Tesco which sell imported goods, but the local markets are not bad at all and one can get fresh veggies and fruits at a very reasonable price.