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The Island is located within the ‘Gulf of Thailand’, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and Koh Samui is the second largest island. The island is growing at a rapid rate with foreign arrival numbers during 2018 via international flights doubling over the past five years. Known for its palm-fringed, white sand beaches and wellness retreats and is a perfect environment to explore on an organized tour, Koh Samui attracts a Healthy mix of tourists from budget backpackers to high-end holidaymakers who will stay at some of Thailand’s most luxurious properties.
Learn more about the Koh Samui property market through trends and average prices.
Koh Samui offers a wide range of property types which cater to a diverse investment range. Island zoning regulations and mountainous jungle terrain have limited the development of high-rise condominium projects when compared to other holiday markets across Thailand. Modest-priced, boutique-style condominium projects are predominantly located in Mae Nam and Bang Rak and start at approximately 60 SQM. These projects offer good common facilities and shared transportation to major shopping centers and popular nightlife and locations. The same mountainous terrain that has limited the mass growth of condominium projects provides the perfect footprint for the mid-range price point of investment sea-view villas. Predominantly located in Chaweng and Bo Phut these properties start from 2-bedroom configurations and are approximately 170 SQM in size. A great example is Lux Neo in Chaweng. The high-end or luxury segment of the market caters to lavish pool villas which are located island-wide. All of these properties feature stunning sea-views and some with direct beach-access in areas like Laem Set.
The most popular tourism area of Koh Samui is Chaweng which is home to the majority of the islands restaurants, activities and nightlife. Central Festival has opened a lifestyle shopping complex which is the largest shopping center in Koh Samui. For those looking to escape to a more peaceful retreat, Lamai offers a friendly family environment with beachside bungalows and restaurants where you can pass the day by lounging on the beach. If beach clubs are on your agenda then a trip to Lipa Noi is a must where the world famous Nikki Beach club always offers a host of activities and dining.
In recent years Koh Samui has shed its label of being a backpacker’s haven and has widely become known for being the ‘wellness’ destination of Thailand. Catering to those looking to escape their day to day lives and focus on self-improvement. Whether mind, body or soul Koh Samui has become a top global destination for yoga retreats that offer spa packages and organic healthy food options ensuring guests return home well-rested and rejuvenated. For those looking to make a more permanent impact, like its big brother island Phuket, Koh Samui is home to hospitals with international credentials and standards that are attracting holidaymakers of all nationality’s to explore a Breast Augmentation procedure and then recover in a tropical paradise. Situated in the ‘Gulf of Thailand’ Samui is within close proximity to local islands where you can catch a ride on a traditional long-tail-boat or charter a more luxurious option as highlighted on BoatCrowd.
There are lots of reasons as to why foreign and local Thais want to invest in real estate in Koh Samui. The top 5 reasons are the following: