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15 Pros and Cons of Living in Koh Samui

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For two and a half glorious years, I had the pleasure of living on the gorgeous island of Koh Samui, Thailand. To this day, I consider it my favorite place I’ve ever been to on earth (so far). There are so many pros to living on Koh Samui, but, of course, there are some challenges as well.

Some of the pros might seem obvious, but when spending time in a foreign country, it’s important not to be blinded by the magical appeal. The cons of living in Koh Samui should always be considered, especially if you plan on staying there long-term.

15 Pros and Cons of Living in Koh Samui

Koh Samui

After spending a substantial amount of time in Koh Samui, I have a lot of personal experience with life on the island. My list below comes from that personal experience, speaking and befriending other expats, and creating relationships with the locals.

Thailand, overall, is an incredible and unique country – in my opinion, there truly is no other place like it. Here’s my list of pros and cons of living in Koh Samui:

What (Where) is Koh Samui?

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Known for its postcard-perfect beaches, laid-back vibes, posh resorts, and vibrant culture, Koh Samui is known to be a haven for backpackers, digital nomads, and tourists alike. It is also very popular amongst expats, especially from Europe, the UK, Australia, and Russia.

Located off the eastern coast of Thailand in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is accessible by airport, ferry, and private boat services. The island is fairly small and can easily be driven around via the loop road, which is about 32 miles long.

Pros of Living in Koh Samui

Koh Samui has been one of my favorite, if not my most favorite, places I’ve ever lived. These are the pros of living in Koh Samui.

1. It’s Absolutely Stunning

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One of the biggest pros of living in Koh Samui is that it’s breathtakingly beautiful. It’s like the locations you see in movies and tropical screensavers. I even have the view from my bungalow tattooed on my arm – I loved it so much, I wanted to see it forever!

The island has white sand beaches, lush rainforest, and super clear turquoise waters – perfect for anyone who loves nature. But aside from the beach, inland, you’ll find sprawling coconut groves, lots of waterfalls, and hiking trails.

No matter where you are on the island, you’ll just be in awe of all of the natural beauty.

2. Insanely Cheap Cost of Living

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