Thailand is well known for an electrifying nightlife, picturesque beaches, and ambient islands. If you are planning for a hassle-free, fun-filled holiday in Thailand, Koh Samui is undeniably the best choice. Situated off the east coast of Kra Isthmus in the Gulf of Thailand, is the beautiful island, Koh Samui. It is the second largest island of Thailand, next to Phuket. Koh Samui with its natural attractions, palm-fringed beaches, coconut trees, dense rainforest, posh resorts, and relaxing spas, is a huge draw to the expat community each year.
Tourism is the major contributor to the economic growth within the region. Approximately, 2.5 million tourists visit Koh Samui every year. The major income source for locals is tourism and agriculture. Coconuts are grown as a cash crop and exports of rubber which are grown here to other countries is a significant source of local income. Fishing is also an important industry and also a hobby for many. Most expats work as English teachers in schools and colleges.
Popular areas in Koh Samui
The most popular towns to reside in Koh Samui are as follows.
Weather and Climate in Koh Samui
Thailand lies between the tropic of cancer and equator, which makes it humid and pleasant all year round. The average temperature is 28°C, with humidity ranging between 70% and 80%.
Getting around Koh Samui
Koh Samui lacks the popular, tuk-tuks, which are commonly available in most Thai cities. It also lacks a proper, organized public bus service, but there are several other ways to explore the beautiful island.
Work Visas in Koh Samui
A work permit visa is a mandatory requirement for any foreign national who wishes to work in Koh Samui or anywhere else in Thailand.
A non-immigrant visa is a prerequisite to obtaining the legal Thai work permit. You can apply for a work permit after your arrival by submitting all essential documents like employer details, job description, gross pay, and marriage certificate, if applicable. It would cost around 2000 baht to get the visa stamped, and renewal is possible based on the duration of the employment contract. Foreigners are allowed to work in most industries; however, there are some restrictions to work in industries related to manufacturing, hairdressing and jewelry making etc.