Retire in Samui
Samui even though smaller than Phuket still offers much for retirement in Thailand. With white sandy beaches and secluded bays mountain scenery and tropical jungles, lively nightlife and clubs.
Koh Samui is also much cheaper than Phuket. Samui makes for the next best retirement spot in Thailand after Phuket. With daily cheap flights to Bangkok and the Rest of Asia it has much to offer.
Buying property in Thailand can be a minefield as the same levels of protection that you might in your home country does not exist in Thailand. Samui has its own property scams a few years back when land had been sold to foreigners on which villas had been built only to find out later that the land belonged to the government. The property developer was arrested and those who bought villas lost their investment. When buying property in Thailand always speak to a property lawyer before you sign any documents. Property prices vary from 2 million Baht and up however it does not have the same rental potential as property in Phuket. Rental property in Samui varies from your local 4,000 Baht per month to your luxury 25,000 Baht per month homes and apartments.
There is a Bangkok Samui Hospital on the island. Samui is not very large however there is also the Samui International Hospital as well as the Thai International Hospital Koh Samui. They offer all the services which you would expect from a fully equipped hospital. When you retire always ensure that you have either a valid credit card or a good medical aid. BUPA offers medical aid to expats in Thailand and is your best bet for healthcare coverage in Thailand.
Samui has much to offer including a small nightlife area. Windsurfing is very common on the island as well as kiteboarding. Kayaking, fishing and golf is also a good past-time. Samui now has its own golf courses such as the Santiburi Samui Country Club as well as the Royal Samui Golf and Country Club. If you can stomach it there is also the Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan which attracts many people. There are also numerous restaurants and also many stores selling everything you would find on the mainland.
Samui overall makes for a good retirement location in Thailand. Like anything else in Thailand it is always best to visit each area and maybe stay there for a few weeks to see if you like the location. When you are ready you can apply for your retirement visa and start your new life in Thailand.
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