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Just been to Koh Samui and MY GOD!!!

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8 minutes ago, Olmate said:

Sure it’s not,even if it was,responses are still valid!

Yes, the OP is little more than a troll, but the subsequent posts raise and question issues that concern Thailand in general .

 

 

This article covers it quite well........

 

https://thethaiger.com/news/opinion/ten-things-the-thai-government-need-to-do-right-now

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19 hours ago, CNXexpat said:

Hmmmm, I am living in Chiang Mai and want to leave northern Thailand for 3 months during the burning season next year. My idea was to go to Koh Samui for this time. Following this thread to find out if it´s really so bad there. 

At Phuket I have been 3 times and was not so impressed.

My 2c is I far prefer Samui to Phuket.. Phukets over built and I find more pressure and worse attitudes.. Samui, Lamai and south is still a decent island vibe, my wife lived there a decade back and so a few local lamai families are still there and we get a nice local welcome and meals.. Lamai beach is decent for a chill and a swim, pop round the coast to chaweng for a bit more action a couple of times, etc etc.. 

 

Everyone has thier own take on it.. Samui suits me for a bit of a beachy break while still having things I want available. 

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1 hour ago, JamJar said:

 

To be fair, everyone I know who went to or lived on Samui has been saying it's being going downhill, every year for the past twenty years

 

As with most things, it's subjective.. For some, who wanted the place to themselves with a 100 baht bungalow on the beach and no hot showers then of course it went downhill. For others, it was going uphill with continued development and business opportunities. I reckon most would now agree that it's hit saturation point and will only get worse until it implodes...

Someone earlier made a comment about people driving there own cars to the islands, which is for sure a big contributing factor in the state of the roads there now. If only the taxis would play fair, maybe less folk would feel the need to self drive 😉🤔

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4 hours ago, amykat said:

Why stay in Thailand at all?  Go to nearby countries which have better exchange rates, get a break from the same things, same food, etc, if you have to pay to stay somewhere, get out and see something a bit different???  Thailand same same everywhere ...more or less.

YES!!!  Words from the wise.  Thailand has depreciated itself significantly especially when comparing other options just in Asia.  It really is the same all over Thailand.  The islands along with the rest of the Thailands beach areas are a sewage dumping ground.  

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On 7/14/2019 at 10:06 AM, whiteman said:

full of needels and condoms

Hmm. Methinks that you were not on Samui.

 

I have lived here for 19 years, walked most of the beaches and I have never seen a needle or a condom.

 

Pray enlighten us as to where you found these items.(removed)

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On 7/14/2019 at 10:51 AM, ThomasThBKK said:

Samui is really only good to rent a big villa with friends/family, but well they closed them all down, great.

And maybe staying in a fancy 5 star resort that you don't have to leave, where security guys are give asskicks off everyone who's not a guest.

 

 

Sorry Thomas but you are talking rubbish.

 

"well they closed them all down" - er, I think they closed down one (land dispute was the cause). The others are still trading.

 

I look after 50 villas. I had a visit from the army last week and they checked my papers (both personal and company) and left. One of them even asked me for a job!

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On 7/14/2019 at 12:11 PM, CNXexpat said:

Hmmmm, I am living in Chiang Mai and want to leave northern Thailand for 3 months during the burning season next year. My idea was to go to Koh Samui for this time. Following this thread to find out if it´s really so bad there. 

At Phuket I have been 3 times and was not so impressed.

Do not believe all that you read on TV. Most people have an agenda (including me - I love Samui).

 

Chaweng, Patong, Walking Street - they are all the same. Most local foreigners avoid them.

 

You should visit all three towns/islands, avoid the above and make up your own mind.

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5 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

Sorry Thomas but you are talking rubbish.

 

"well they closed them all down" - er, I think they closed down one (land dispute was the cause). The others are still trading.

 

I look after 50 villas. I had a visit from the army last week and they checked my papers (both personal and company) and left. One of them even asked me for a job!

Only an absolute fool would book and pay a villa there in advance knowing that they raid them regularly like they did with samujana, risking his holiday.

And that's absolutely my point, if samui authorities are so anal about everything, tourists will stay away.

 

https://www.booking.com/hotel/th/samujana.html?aid=356980;label=gog235jc-1DCAso3QFCCHNhbXVqYW5hSDNYA2jdAYgBAZgBMbgBF8gBDNgBA-gBAfgBAogCAagCA7gCnpyw6QXAAgE;sid=9f26babc5d530699d14ea7588c462497;all_sr_blocks=251348914_103633352_6_41_0;bhgwe_bhr=0;checkin=2019-07-18;checkout=2019-08-14;dest_id=-3406758;dest_type=city;dist=0;group_adults=2;group_children=0;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=251348914_103633352_6_41_0;hp_group_set=0;hpos=1;no_rooms=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;show_room=251348914;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1563168304;srpvid=ced4261828370025;type=total;ucfs=1&#RD251348914

 

800k Baht for a month and and just been raided last month: https://bangkokjack.com/2019/06/13/luxury-island-villas-raided-koh-samui/

No one knows what will happen there. Same shit happening on Phuket, they even kicked out the guests there.

 

And no there was no land dispute, they operated without licenses according to samui authorities. And as  a customer you have absolutely no way to check if everything is in order.

 

I stayed there before and will never book it again, i don't like risking my money, no one does.

And that's exactly thailands problem, they <deleted> it up for themselves as always.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Tropicalevo said:

 

I have lived here for 19 years, walked most of the beaches and I have never seen a needle or a condom.

 

 

Ditto that. I regularly walk large sections of Chaweng beach and have never seen needles or condoms. There is a bit of garbage from time to time in the water, but nothing major.

 

I've been living here on and off for more than a year and I find it as an OK place to live. Not great, but not bad either. For the tourists it may be a different story. It does attract more affluent tourists, but even they are now complaining how expensive the things have become. However the Chinese tourists I've talked to consider it "cheap"...I haven't seen any Chinese groups, most of them seem to be independent tourists.

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On 7/14/2019 at 4:06 AM, whiteman said:

full of needels and condoms

You obviously didn't visit these beaches

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Admittedly I only habituate the northern coast, living in Maenam, but I've never seen any condoms or needles on any of the beaches in Maenam or Bang Po. And I can't ever recall anyone trying to sell me drugs of any sort, which is odd, because I usually bring them out of the woodwork for some reason. That being said, I think that Thailand has killed the goose that laid the golden eggs when it comes to tourism, be it escalating prices or the constant attempt to rip a farang off every chance they get or the undisguised hatred and contempt that the government seems to have for us. They really do seem to see us as nothing more than walking ATM machines. As a non-tourist with a Thai wife, I don't feel it as much as I imagine the short-term tourist does. Still sad. The local people bust their asses to barely get by and now it's only going to get harder with their major source of income gone; tourists.

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On 7/14/2019 at 10:23 AM, kellersphuket said:

Greediest people i ever saw there bro. Took greed to a whole new level, one guy followed me for about 500m saying smoking and coke whilst making a sniffing sound. Weirdos

mate you really must look the part. In all the years coming to samui / living here I never had anybody trying to sell me drugs. The guys must have identified you as somebody who clearly needs a bit of substances to be less miserable.

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