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As well as being one of Thailand’s key tourist magnets, Koh Samui has long been attracting property investors from across the globe. Despite sustained interest, the islands' property market is still relatively young and the private villa segment is showing strong signs of growth this year.

The development of luxury villas on Koh Samui has been going on for the past 10 or more years. However, construction levels fell between 2008 and 2012 as many developed countries that typically supply property investors went through recession. Last year, however, saw a surge in the Samui villa market with a total of 134 new units launched compared to only 16 the previous year.

According to the Bangkok Post and based on research conducted in the first quarter of this year, Koh Samui is now home to some 420 villas and a large proportion of these properties are located in close proximity to popular beachside areas. Cheong Mon on the west coast, for example, is now home to 198 units, while the popular tourist towns of Chaweng and Bophut boast 58 villas each.

Maenam and Lamai Beaches are expected to be the main emerging areas for the development of new villas and Koh Samui is also home to scattering of more secluded villa properties in addition to the ones located in more developed areas.
As of the first quarter this year, a total of 213 villas had been sold out of 420 units that were available. Villas priced between THB 20-40 million (US$600,00 - 1,200,000) per unit are seeing the highest demand from global buyers, accounting for 60.9 percent of the total number of units.

Most investors that are drawn to Koh Samui’s property market come from overseas. Established groups of buyers include expatriates based in Hong Kong, the UK, the US and Australia. However, the villa market is now also being driven by new markets including French and Russian investors. Many of these purchasers buy for lifestyle or second-home purposes, but  the expansion of Samui’s property market is also due to the growing demand for rental villas.

With the island’s reputation as a global destination, the chance rent out a property to visitors for several weeks per year represents a lucrative opportunity. Holiday-makers get plenty out of the deal as well, with Samui villas offering the space and privacy that the majority of hotels – even some five-star resorts – cannot.

In addition to added exclusivity, Samui’s villas also boast excellent facilities. Many of the properties come with dramatic ocean vistas and their own private pools where guests can relax in peace and enjoy the Samui sunshine. Villas on the island range from one to eight-bedrooms, so the market is open for couples, families and larger groups. Many of the island’s more luxurious villas are also being used regularly as exotic wedding venues.

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