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Thailand’s Koh Samui: hippie hang-out turned upmarket resort

To cater for its new high-end buyers, bamboo huts have been replaced by gated estates with infinity pools and staff quarters

October 7, 2016

Lamai Beach on Koh Samui © Luigi Vaccarella/SIME/4Corners

Alex Garland’s bestselling 1996 novel The Beach inspired a generation of backpackers to beat a trail to the Gulf of Thailand. They kicked back in hammocks on Koh Samui’s sugary beaches, grew dreadlocks and danced under a full moon, while dreaming of finding their very own secret beach, just like Garland’s disenchanted protagonist.

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How To Purchase Property On Koh Samui In Thailand

Thailand is gorgeous. It has lush jungles, pristine beaches, and unimaginably temperate weather.

You’d be completely forgiven if you decided, after a visit to Koh Samui, that this is where you wanted to live…for the rest of your life.



Koh Samui, the second largest island in Thailand after Phuket, has at last been getting the attention from tourists that it deserves. Why?

Koh Samui is green and gorgeous. It has a short rainy season, lasting about one month or so, leaving eleven months of nearly unbelievable perfect weather for exploring, pampering, soaking up the sun, and being a beach bum. It also has one of the larger international airports that you can find in Thailand, which makes it very easy to get to this paradise.

Once you’re here, you’ll fall under the spell. Of all the places you’ve visited, Koh Samui will be your new favorite!

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Koh Samui’s beautiful beaches – Choeng Mon Beach

Choeng Mon Beach is a small but magnificent bay. It features wide sandy beaches with a rock formation on one side and a small island you can paddle out to on the other.

It’s is very family-friendly area, and being dominated by a handful of relatively upmarket resorts.  Many home buyers are attracted to this area for easy access to fine beaches , up market resorts including Ritz Carlton and Six Senses.

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Travellers rank Thailand 8th best of all

Thailand has been ranked in eighth position in the “Best Countries In The World” poll for five consecutive years by readers of London-based Conde Nast Traveller magazine.

The magazine conducted its online survey in February this year for its Readers’ Travel Award 2017.

Italy has been voted as the Best Country In The World since 2010. Ranked second in the list is Greece, followed by the United States, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Thailand, India and Canada.

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10 Things to Know Before Buying Luxury Property in Thailand

Investing in Thailand property isn’t an easy exercise. Despite a fantastic positive growth trend, the Thailand property market is full of surprises for the unsophisticated foreign investor. Here are 10 things you need to know and some common mistakes that can turn your investment dream into a nightmare.

1. Can Foreigners Invest in Thailand properties?

The short answer is YES, but one commonly overlooks the barriers one has in order to be eligible to invest.

A foreigner may own 100% of a condominium in his/her own name only. All other investment property purchases are governed by another set of rules.

If the foreigner wishes to acquire land and build a house, he/she must obtain a long-term lease on the land (for a period not exceeding 30 years for each term).

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