An island in the southern part of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second most popular island in the country, yet having a more laid-back feel compared to Phuket. With the famous Thai hospitality, incredible natural wonders, and a bustling ex-pat community, Koh Samui is a luxury island paradise where you can find some of the most stunning luxury properties in Thailand.
Koh Samui is 50 miles from the mainland and is found in the Gulf of Thailand. It is known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, but also for its laid-back way of life. While it is less crowded than Phuket, the country’s most famous destination, Koh Samui doesn’t lack amenities and modern comforts.
It is the only island in Thailand, next to Phuket, that features an international airport, with direct flights to nearby Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. It is also home to thousands of ex-pats who have moved to the island, and it’s packed with luxury accommodations that range from 5-star hotels to private villas, executive apartments, and luxury homes.
Koh Samui’s Island Lifestyle
While Koh Samui is a famous tourist destination, many foreigners and local Thais have called it home. It used to be a fishing village but in the early nineties. tourists started to flock to the island, attracting ex-pats who chose to stay, reside, and do business on the island.
Koh Samui has developed its own style of island living, while also retaining its natural beauty You will find beautiful beaches, resorts, restaurants, and bars, while you can still find private coves along the coastline. Natural wonders also abound, from waterfalls to islands that dot the archipelago on the Gulf, to marine protected areas, as well as beautiful hills and mountains.
The most notable of these natural wonders is the Ang Thong National Marine Park, which is filled with limestone mountains, thick jungle white sand beaches, waterfalls, hidden coves, and more. If you fancy island hopping and scuba diving, the island of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, which are only minutes away, will surely satisfy your diving cravings.
In terms of culture, there is plenty to see and enjoy. Festivals happen almost monthly, and Buddhist temples and landmarks offer a cultural excursion. Visit the Big Buddha, the Secret Buddha Garden, the Wat Plai Laem, and more to get to know the Buddhist history and presence on the island.
When it comes to nightlife, there are plenty of bars and clubs in Koh Samui, where lively nightlife is enjoyed by tourists and residents alike.
Luxury Properties for Sale and Rent
An island that attracts many tourists, foreigners, and locals alike, when you will visit Koh Samui, you will discover that visiting the island is not enough to truly enjoy its beauty. Many foreigners and Thais choose to stay by investing and owning a luxury holiday home or even renting a property long-term.
The three main beach towns of Koh Samui hold the best and most sought-after luxury properties for sale or rent on the island. These beach towns are Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, and Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village. Most ex-pats reside here, in the northeastern region of the island, and not surprisingly, this is also the area where you will find the most shopping and amenities, such as banks, hospitals, private schools, and more.
You can choose from a wide range of luxury properties in Koh Samui. From beachfront villas to hilltop luxury houses, as well as luxury condos and apartments, there is no shortage of options.
Need help? Here are some of the luxury real estate agents in Koh Samui that can help you with the process of moving to the island.
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