Koh Samui calling
Famed for its palm tree-fringed beaches and crystal clear waters
Samui has long been one of the country’s favourite resorts: warm year-round, with plenty of sunshine most days, especially in the driest months of February-April. This factor, together with careful development, has helped turn many one-time visitors into regulars and regulars into residents.
Live the island life
As of 2018, around 2.7 million visitors were coming here each year, with Samui International Airport offering direct connections with China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Those regional connections have helped make the island an attractive choice for those based in financial hubs like Hong Kong and Shanghai looking for a second, or holiday home.
Healthcare and education
A key factor for expat families looking for a home from home is the quality of education. Happily, Thailand has a network of international schools including no less than seven in Koh Samui. Healthcare too is well covered, with the country priding itself on its medical tourism sector with its world-class standards. On Samui, this includes the Bangkok Hospital Samui (right) in Chaweng.
Where the sun never sets
In recent years, the focus of development on Samui has moved uphill and upmarket. The steep slopes behind the coast offer superb views out to sea, a welcome breeze to leaven the heat and a calmness missing from some of the bustling bays below.
Samui has diversified from a backpackers destination into becoming Thailand's high-end holiday home location. It has many branded hotels including the Ritz Carlton, Banyan Tree, W Hotel and Intercontinental, and also many uber-luxurious vacation homes high in the hills looking out over the jungle to the Gulf of Thailand and the islands of the Ang Thong Marine National Park. Samui is now a place where the wealthy go for a little space and peace.