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BANGKOK 20 March 2019 22:05
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Koh Samui cost of living.

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Hi there. I was all set for retirement in Issan but some mates say Samui is a great destination, and do like the sea/beach there. But in Issan a condo monthly could be as low as 8000 baht monthly, I can’t find anything near in Samui. Is there anywhere there maybe? I was thinking Lamai. Also like Tesco Lotus and similar dearer there than Issan? I see good hospital there  too, Bangkok Hospital, is that okay. I mean Bangkok I found a lot more pricey than say Khon Kaen in almost everything, so is Samui more Bangkok prices? Sorry if this has been asked time and again but would like thoughts please. Thanks.

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It's expensive as you want it to be. You can find cheaper options in each location ... Depends on your living style really however I don't think you'll find anything below 10.000 baht / month in Samui and neither BKK.  Maybe if you are a good negotiator and pay a few years in advance , IDK.  I would run away from BKK mainly because of the pollution no matter the offer and diversity.

 

 

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3 hours ago, PoorSucker said:

You can get a two room bungalow for as low as 8000 baht, rare find but they exists. 

 

I know three bungalows for that price in Chaweng, all currently occupied. 

 

Met a guy the other day that just moved here from Bangkok, rents a studio for 8000 baht in central Chaweng. 

Two room bungalow meaning bedroom and ensuite? Or bedroom, ensuite bathroom, and a kitchen / lounge area? 

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Lived in Samui for 4 years but have now moved up here for the wife. It depends on what you want, we had a great lot of mates, both local and tourists, that drank at the same aussie bar in Lamai but times have changed. Samui has many tourists, less so in the cities of Issan (not having lived there).

The beach is good between May to November depending on the winds. Once the onshore winds start the beaches on the east coast tend to be dirty except for the odd good days.

Good idea to try both for a couple of months but choose the time to go to Samui for the beach. Isaan is very hot during the best time for Samui.

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I don't live on Samui, but the airfare is pretty high. The area around Rayong is an area to be checked out. Lots of different beach areas.

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2 hours ago, GreasyFingers said:

 drank at the same aussie bar in Lamai

where is this?

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7 hours ago, Brunolem said:

...and you will avoid the world famous criminality of Koh Samui! 

 

Wait what? What 'world famous' criminality are you talking about? While I agree the index is up there it is not much difference versus BKK for example. And nowhere near versus the ones in countries like Brazil, South Africa , Venezuela ,etc Those are WOLD FAMOUS high criminality locations.

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4 hours ago, utalkin2me said:

If you paid me rent to live in issan i would not do it. After the 100th ant bites you and after the 50th time you get asked for five baht to buy the propane they drink you will be done. 

Blimey what a drama queen

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