White sand beaches, beautiful sea views, high waterfalls, lush tropical rainforests not to mention its increasing modern facilities, international airport and a strong potential for development, Koh Samui has got it all! There are many reasons why one would choose to live and/or invest in Koh Samui, we have listed a few below for you.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, a 30-minute ferry ride off the mainland coast, Koh Samui has an area of 250 m2, boasts a magnificent marine national park and is close to the beautiful islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. It is the third largest island of Thailand after Phuket and Koh Chang.
Renowned for its many coconut trees and white sand beaches, this island is the ideal place if you are looking to retire and/or invest in property. Purchasing a condominium or a villa in Koh Samui is a secure investment with rapid returns on investment (between 8 and 10% per year). The island has become over the years one of Asia’s favorite beach destinations for international tourists.
Following this constant influx of tourists, the island has had to improve its infrastructure to a great extent. Until the late 1980s, there were only dirt roads and very few infrastructures, especially in terms of accommodation. Nowadays, Koh Samui features ultra-modern infrastructures, an international airport, a large variety of restaurants and hotels, international hospitals and international schools, not to mention the latest addition to the island, the "Central Samui festival" shopping mall featuring 90,000 m² of shops and restaurants. Koh Samui can now boast it provides all the comforts and amenities to attract an international clientele.
While the tourism industry has become Samui’s main activity, requests for rentals of villas and apartments have been increasing. As a result, purchasing property in Koh Samui is clearly seen as a good investment, offering attractive rental returns. Investing in a property here is also more interesting than in Europe in terms of taxes: in Thailand there aren’t any property taxes or inheritance/estate taxes.
In terms of climate, Koh Samui is sunny over 300 days a year, with temperatures ranging from 28 to 35 °C depending on the season: the first one from December to February, the second one from March to October and a short rainy season early November to mid-December. The climate is tropical and humid throughout the year and Samui enjoys a nice sea breeze all year round.
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