The tropical island of Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s most popular destinations for travelers and retirees. There is something for everyone in Koh Samui. The cost of living on Koh Samui will suit many people looking to retire to the beautiful, majestic island. Are you looking for a luxurious lifestyle? There are places to meet your needs. Prefer the cost of living to be more relaxed? There are many places to choose from.
Koh Samui Located next to the international dive site of Koh Tao and the popular party island of Koh Phangan, Koh Samui has a considerably different atmosphere and attracts a different type of traveler than Phuket.
Cost of living in Koh Samui
Most properties you can find in Koh Samui will be villas or houses, both for sale and for rent. Prices will depend on your lifestyle. There are many different prices to meet the demands of each potential customer. Keep in mind that the rental is based on a one year contract.
The most affordable property you can rent starts at US$300 per month for a one-bedroom unit, or around 50 square meters on average. Rental prices can go up to just over US$10,000 per month for a luxurious lifestyle. The size of the property will vary, but it will be at least 300 square meters.
As for the purchase of a villa, the most affordable property will cost between $100,000 and $150,000, with an average of 150 square meters of space. For luxury living, villa prices can start at at least US$2,000,000.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of properties priced somewhere between ‘crazy expensive’ and ‘terribly cheap’. You can find villas and apartments worth around $150,000 to around US$1,000,000 for a upscale property before entering a luxury area.
Way of life
If you like Thai markets and walking streets, you will be happy to live in Koh Samui. Several markets are found throughout the island. You’ll often find a variety of inexpensive meals, as well as drinks, clothing, souvenirs, and other items. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the Gulf of Thailand are found in Koh Samui. There are a large number of beautiful and clean beaches where you can relax, swim and sunbathe.
The largest and most popular beach on the island, almost 7 kilometers long, is located in Chaweng. This is the most developed area of Koh Samui, with a wide variety of accommodation, restaurants and pubs. This makes Chaweng attractive to a wide range of travellers; yet it doesn’t seem to be popular with Thai visitors and everything is geared towards Westerners. Chaweng has everything you might need including banks, exchange offices, ATMs, pharmacies, massage and spapopular tailors and fast food outlets.
Bophut is the place to go if you want a more real experience as it is one of the few places on the island to have an original Thai and Chinese feel to it, given that the area is constantly growing and to improve to serve the travel and tourism industry. Bophut is centered on the fishing village, which features narrow roads filled with traditional Chinese-style buildings. Small souvenir shops and boutiques are the main shopping choices. There is a wide choice of restaurants and pubs in the area, with Bophut being known as one of the best places to eat in Samui.
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If the heat is not your cup of tea, you will enjoy the mild season which extends from November to February and whose average temperatures are around 25°C. If you prefer the heat, visit between March and May to enjoy temperatures of 30°C and above, but be aware that the heat can be unbearable throughout the day. From June to October, the monsoon season brings thunderstorms and sudden downpours, but temperatures remain warm, ranging from 26°C to 28°C.
Thailand has good healthcare, and you can expect that on Koh Samui. Samui International Hospital, Thai International Hospital, Bandon Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Samui are the four private hospitals in Koh Samui. The facilities are excellent and the majority of hospital staff speak English. You can also find various clinics and pharmacies across the island, and prescription drugs are readily available.
Getting to Koh Samui
Bangkok Airways owns and operates Koh Samui Airport, which has frequent Thai Airways flights from Bangkok. Bangkok Airways mainly serves domestic flights, and it takes over an hour to get to Koh Samui from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Most international flights will arrive at Suvarnabhumi, allowing easy transit to your flight to Samui. You don’t need to fly to Koh Samui, you can even get there by ferry or yacht.
You can request a retirement visa with Tadoo if you want to spend the rest of your days basking in the sun on Koh Samui. They will guide you through every step of the process until your visa is approved. To see the packages, click on HERE.