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  • 5 Popular Areas for Expats to Live on Koh Samui

    5 Popular Areas for Expats to Live on Koh Samui

    Koh Samui is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand and part of Surat Thani Province. It is Thailand's second-largest island after Phuket. It has a history of fishing, coconut and rubber plantations, and tourism has become a significant economic driver in recent decades.

    It has a picturesque coastline with attractive beaches such as Chaweng, Lamai and Taling Ngam. It offers various activities like kayaking, diving, cooking, yoga, Muay Thai, and golf. It attracts many visitors, from budget travellers to wealthy holidaymakers enticed by luxury hotels and spa and wellness resorts. Additionally, Samui is a popular choice for expats living in Thailand, offering almost everything you need to live comfortably.

    Living in Samui is quite different from holidaying there. Our recent post Moving to Koh Samui? 5 Things to Consider, covers factors like healthcare, education, recreation, getting around and cost of living. In this article, we look at where to live in Samui.

    Where To Live
    Samui covers an area of 228.7 square kilometres, 25 km at the widest point. Much of the island is still covered in tropical jungle, with Khao Pom being the highest peak at 635m. The 'ring road', route 4169, the main road around the island, is approximately 50 km, linking the lowlands and main population areas. 

    On the west coast, Nathon is home to two significant piers connecting the mainland via ferry, fishing ports, and government offices. The east and northeast coast is popular for both holidaymakers and expats living on Samui.

    Let's take a look at the five most popular areas with expats.

    Located on the north coast, this locality is home to the charming Fisherman Village, with traditional Thai houses, fantastic restaurants and bars, and night markets. Bophut Beach generally provides safe swimming, and the area offers a quieter lifestyle.

    This magnificent 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom villa has 335 sqm of living space over three levels. Each bedroom, the open plan living area and the private pool enjoy breathtaking ocean views and neighbouring Koh Phangan. This luxurious idyllic haven is exquisitely designed and furnished and blends harmoniously with the surrounding nature. Generating over 10% net ROI per year makes an excellent investment.

    Choeng Mon
    This beachside neighbourhood is about halfway between Bophut and Chaweng beaches and is considered a peaceful retreat. Home to some luxury resorts, a small shopping area, restaurants and massage salons, you may need to travel for more entertainment and dining options. 

    In the most prestigious area of Choeng Mon is a luxurious three-bedroom, three-bathroom pool villa with commanding ocean views. Surrounded by natural forests, this unique sanctuary is just minutes from Choeng Mon Beach, the shopping mall, the airport, and the entertainment zones of Chaweng and Bangrak. If you are considering investing in Samui, the villa is available completed or off-plan with up to 25% early bird discounts.

    ChawengThis largest town on Samui is known for its vibrant nightlife, extensive range of restaurants, beach clubs, bars, and nightclubs. Many consider Chaweng Beach the premier beach on Samui. The area is popular with holidaymakers and expats who like to be close to the action. Chaweng Noi, in the hills behind Chaweng Beach, offers some excellent villas.

    Aqua Samui Villas, designed by award-winning architect Gary Fell, is one development in the hills behind, with excellent district and sea views. The 220 Sqm beautifully renovated two-bedroom, three-bathroom pool villa is fully fitted and furnished, with a European-style kitchen, study, and expansive terrace. 

    LamaiJust south of Chaweng is Lamai, the second-largest resort area. It's more laid back than its northern neighbour, with a lovely beach and plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. It has become famous for Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, with two striking rock formations.

    Catch the sea breeze on this captivating hillside behind Lamai. Sunrise Hills comprises nine villas, with a three or four-bedroom dream home available. The spacious villas are due for completion in 2024 and include a fully equipped kitchen, fans, and air conditioning. Chanote and freehold are available, providing you with security for your investment.

    MaenamMaenam has fewer tourists and is generally cheaper compared to other featured locations. Many expats retiring on Samui find Maenam appealing. This friendly neighbourhood on the north coast has its share of restaurants and bars but without the razzle-dazzle.

    Award-winning Azur is nestled in the serene Mae Nam hills. The modern luxury four-bedroom home was crafted by award-winning architects and boasts a unique design with splendid ocean and landscape views. Tastefully furnished, with stunning teakwood features, quartz kitchen worktops, quality appliances, and spacious open-plan living, it is the ultimate in idyllic tropical island living. The package includes a games room, home office, refreshing swimming pool, maid's room and garden.

    Our Lazudi Samui team has various properties, from studio to penthouse condos and townhouses, to luxury properties like those featured here. Whether you are moving to Samui or simply investigating options, contact us, we are happy to assist you.


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