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Thailand’s popular Gulf island of Koh Samui is basking in glory as it is listed as one of the best islands to retire by International Living magazine. The island is ranked number 10 out of 15 islands listed by the magazine, and is said to be affordable for retirees. Peace, privacy, a simpler way of life and strong communities are also listed as some of its benefits.

The magazine detailed life on Koh Samui, pointing out the island’s world-class beaches…

“LYING ABOUT 425 MILES SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY’S CAPITAL, BANGKOK, KOH SAMUI HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COVETED EXPAT DESTINATIONS IN THAILAND. ALTHOUGH ONLY 13 MILES WIDE AND OVER 15 MILES LONG, THE ISLAND IS THAILAND’S SECOND LARGEST ISLAND AFTER PHUKET.

KOH SAMUI BOASTS WORLD-CLASS BEACHES TUCKED AWAY IN SECLUDED BAYS…EXPANSIVE INLAND JUNGLES TEEMING WITH EXOTIC BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, AND MONKEYS…MAGNIFICENT CASCADING WATERFALLS AND INLAND NATURAL POOLS…AND AN ALMOST COUNTLESS CHOICE OF GREAT SPOTS TO SIT DOWN, RELAX, AND WATCH THE SPECTACULAR SUNSETS OVER THE GULF OF THAILAND.

SAMUI, ONE OF AN ARCHIPELAGO OF 80 SMALLER ISLANDS, HAS A WARM AND MOSTLY CRYSTAL-CLEAR SEA WITH LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR KAYAKING, SAILING, AND BOATING. IT IS ALSO FAST BECOMING A GOLFER’S PARADISE.

THE ISLAND MAKES A GREAT DESTINATION FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR A DREAM RETIREMENT BY THE SEA. YOU CAN LIVE WELL HERE ON A BUDGET OF US$2,000-2,500 A MONTH.”

Apart from the necessary documents needed, you can renew your retirement visa yearly without needing to go on a visa run or outside of the country, making the option convenient for those who may be unfit for sucFor information regarding a retirement visa, you can visit or contact a Thai embassy or consulate. Or a properly qualified visa agent.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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    Ynwaps

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Nice try LP

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    murika

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    full of lies

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    Lyndsey Brogan

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Absolute rubbish. Lived there for 16 years. Great 10 years ago but Its an over priced dump now.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    No mention of mosquitos, scamming taxi drivers, and an established system of charging foreigners more than Thais, and it being official government policy.
    Along with a few murders of foreigners . . .

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    Mr cynic

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:29 am

    I believe good medical services are available on samui nowadays however many invasive procedures require transfer to surat thani.this sort of thing is of more than passing interest to most retirees.i question the ranking of samui for this reason.surat thani and the surrounding area are very pleasant anyway and i have always been surprised most westerners tend to ignore the area with a target fixation on the islands.

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    Mike

    Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:28 am

    So, Samui only managed to make 10th on the list – and no other Thai islands are on the list. Pretty damning really.

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    MrJLH

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Lived there 2014-2015. I found it to be over priced. Housing expensive. If you have a car, parking was an issue. No place to park at many locations. You could drive around the island in an hour. The southern area was the nicest and quietest but few venues. Northern area had most of the venues worth seeing. Sight seeing tours overpriced too.

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