Thailand, Koh Samui – review.
How to stay to live in Thailand. My life experience is 3 years.
Many would like to live in Thailand, but there are many factors that stop. In fact, everything is much simpler. I will try to write in my response – how can I stay in Thailand. Maybe my feedback will spur someone to move to Southeast Asia (Southeast Asia) or bring it closer to realizing the dream of living on a paradise island.
I will say at once – if you compare with Ukraine, then Thailand is a dear country. If with Russia, then practically the same prices – but the conditions are incomparably better. So, Thailand. Koh Samui Island. This is a very small island, you can go around on motorbike for about 50 minutes on the main road – on the perimtr of the island. The island is very comfortable. There is a main road with several branches and the whole civilization is mainly along this main road. But nevertheless, it is an island with a well-developed infrastructure and yet not such a “Russified” as Phuket and Pattaya. Prices will be in Thai baht and in dollars. At the moment, 1 dollar costs 35 Thai Baht – for three years of my stay in tai – the rate has changed a little – at the time of my arrival the cost was 32 baht per dollar. So as you can see, the Thai currency is more-less stable. Which is also important. Many believe that Thailand is a country that lives exclusively in tourism – but as statistics show, tourism in Tae is on the 7-8th place and the country is developing very successfully. Do not forget about respect and traditions in Thailand. Despite the fact that Thailand has earned itself the glory of the country of sex – in fact, it is not. Thais are modest in their masses. Yes, they are very loyal to lady battles and other representatives of sex cultures – they are Buddhists – and therefore can tolerate all this – but this does not mean that you should not disrespect their culture. In Thailand, it’s hot – and do not forget that in a swimsuit and swimming trunks you can only be on the beach.
First of all, you need to take care of obtaining a stable monthly income. Here the paths can be different. This is a remote job, or you can rent out real estate, or rent a bank – or your own business. Looking ahead, I will say right away – the business in Tai is a strange thing, it requires a lot of investment – and not a fact – that it is profitable. If you omit the business – and take a simple move, for example, at least for the winter – you will first need money and, in principle, nothing more. So the more money the better. The minimum amount does not exist – it all depends on the standard of living – to which you are accustomed. In principle, for a more or less comfortable existence, you will need an amount of $ 700 per one per month – if for two – then plus 300-400 excluding visa issues. True, at the first month of expenditure will be much higher – as it will be necessary to pay a deposit for housing, to acquire necessary household things, to enjoy new impressions, perhaps excursions. $ 700 is the minimum that will allow you not to die of hunger and not stay on the street – if you want a more luxurious life – accordingly the amount will be much larger. Secondly, you should take care of the visa. Consider the option with a tourist visa. Visa in the embassies of Thailand can get a single, two-fold and three-fold (although the last two types are now rare – but still in some places they can still be obtained). The cost of an advisory fee for a single visa $ 40. The rest, respectively, 80 and 120. To save money, I advise you to enter the country already with a visa, do not risk the visa on arrival. Each visa can be extended for 30 days on the spot – there is an office in Samui that deals with visa issues and not only. So – having on your hands a single visa, you have 60 days + 30 days extension of 90 days (almost 3 months of life in paradise). Extension of the visa on site will cost you 1,900 baht (slightly more than $ 50) and 20 baht for a photocopy of the questionnaire in the office itself – but if you care about a copy in advance, you can do it cheaper. Do not forget to take a photo (I forgot once and the photo in imigrayshene cost me as much as 700 baht). In general, when you will be photographed in your homeland for a visa – take these photos with you-they will be useful to you. The office itself is in Nathon. Google coordinates 9.520742, 99.942371. Find it easily. After a one-way street on the first large cross-over, to the right. The work time is Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 16.30 with a lunch break from 12 to 13. An example of the questionnaire and filling it can be found on the Internet – and on the spot. In the aftermath of the day, you still need documents from the owner of the resort (a group of houses for rent, where you will live) – so do not pull everything until the last day. It is best to arrive 3-4 days before the end of the main visa. Do not worry – the stamp on the extension will be delivered to you taking into account these days. I once had an incident – I forgot about the extension – and the last day of the extension was Friday – so I had to come on Monday – and I had 3 days overstay (stay in the country without a visa) – I had to pay 500 baht for every day of delay – the stamp was put to me – but these 3 days entered into the 30 day extension period.
If you are a holder of a single entry visa, then you should get the next visa – by contacting the office for visarans (a trip to a neighboring country for the purpose of obtaining a visa). Do not be scared – the service in Thailand is at a high level. The most affordable – but not the most comfortable way (the road is almost all day in a minibus (minibus) – it’s with a company that carries tourists to these trips – driving through the city – you can see signs of travel companies, in Tesco stores in Chaweng and Lamai, BigSi , Central Festival – there are counters with excursions.In CONTACT there are many groups of local communities – where you can find out the cost, the date of the nearest visa and other details of the trip). Approximate cost of the trip from 4900 baht. On the road take with you a pillow-headrest and a warm sweater with a hood – Thais adore air-conditioners and on the road can be cold, you can grab a rug sometimes that rugs are issued for the trip. If you know English well, then you can read relevant forums and get a visa yourself – save a little and get a sea of impressions.
If you are a happy owner of a double visa – after the expiration of 90 days, you should leave the country in order to activate the second part of a two-entry visa. The first way is to use the same office – you do not need to visit the embassy and pay a visa fee. (but this method is good, if you are in English is not a boom-boom) The second way – you can use the airplane. The most affordable – but with a change of several modes of transport – is the flight from Suratthani Airport – the nearest airport to Koh Samui on a large land. You can buy a ticket on the site of any local loukost (cheap carrier), such as AirAsia or NokAir, sometimes the transfer is included in the ticket price. If you are interested in buying a ticket in advance, the prices will pleasantly surprise you. Also, you need to take care of the transfer to the airport – it can be done in the same firms that sell the excursions described earlier either on the bus company’s website, or buy a transfer ticket for example at the ferry pier or in the office bus company. The prices are approximately the same. If your wallet can afford, then for you there is a third option – Samui has a wonderful international airport and you just can fly to another country – you will simply put a stamp on the activation of the second part of a double visa right at the airport of another country.
In general, a tourist visa can be extended several times. I managed to get 2 double and 2 single entry visas and each managed to extend for 30 days. After the expiration of the tourist visa – I received a study visa – taught Thai – it was cheaper – you can choose the option of learning English. There are a lot of schools on Koh Samui that have the right to issue study visas – the list of documents is minimal – the only thing is that it takes about a month to issue a visa. Now, they say, the conditions have changed and it is possible to receive many times in a row a tourist visa without restrictions. There are several more types of visas, for example pesion, business visa – for an appropriate fee – there are offices on Koh Samui. which will help you to get them. I recommend the office of HDvisa (Google to help you) – the owner Herbert deals with different types of visas, he has a huge work experience.
In the third place – Flight to Bangkok is quite expensive, besides you can ask for a return ticket to your homeland, and he, usually irrevocable, so you lose a good part of the money. But there is a way out. You need to leave the country on time. when your first part of the visa + extension is over – that is, after 90 days. You can book a ticket to Malaysia – I wrote about it below. And you can, as some of my friends – buy a very cheap tour to Pattaya or to Phuket – there are tours for 400-500 $ – and just leave then for Koh Samui. How to get to the island. In general, Thailand is a country of excellent service. The easiest way from Bangkok to Samui is air travel from Suvarnabumi Airport to Samui International Airport – 1-1.15 hours and you are already on a beautiful paradise island. If tickets are ordered in advance – then you can find and cheaper. But tickets can be bought and on arrival at the airport in Bangkok.
exhale, look around and start finding accommodation. FOR YOURSELF good information is now a lot. I also strongly do not recommend contacting agencies – which are full on the island – because cases of deception are often necessary – you need it – and you will have to pay a lot for the services of the agency – often about the same as how much your housing costs per month. How to deal with prices. The cost of housing often depends on the lease term – many practice rent for a year, half a year, for 3 months – and the price for the month will be correspondingly cheaper than the longer lease term. The system of collateral is being practiced. For 1 or 2 months + payment for the first month. Then, at the end of the term, this deposit will be returned to you – but they will look for the slightest nuances – so that you can not return as much money as possible. Therefore, be careful, when using – bed linen, towels, household appliances, etc., and others – you will find it on the road to full, do not hesitate. But do not be afraid – many owners provide repairs and maintenance of their homes, apartments and rooms at their own expense. I’ll tell you my experience.
Yes, if you come for a week or two, it is possible, but if you winter and live long – even in the rainy season – it’s comfortable to live on Samui. Again, very much depends on the place of residence. The rain is coming – but occasionally. In Asia, in general, rain can go locally – you drive off to a nearby street – and there is no rain anymore. You can directly drive in and out of the rain. My mother came for 2 months during the rainy season-she said that she liked it very much – as it is not so hot and not at all stuffy. Jungle lodges in the rain are not very comfortable. In cabinets and suitcases, things can rot if you do not get them for a long time. The sea – since I lived 2 years in houses with a swimming pool – then I did not even notice the storms – and swam every day, if not in the sea – then in the pool. In general, in this respect Samui is a very diverse place, if there is a storm on one beach – then you can drive to the other side of the island – and there can be a complete calm,
– where you can buy food and ready meals in the departments of cooking, household appliances, clothing and household goods. Here, often held promotions – after receiving a check, do not rush to throw it away – in a special department you can get glass stanaks, bowls, plastic storage trays, bottles for drinks and other pleasant trifles. In addition, there are tables with goods, which have shelf life and at a very cheap price, you can buy fruit, milk, etc. You can eat at the food court (this is when there are many fast food restaurants – and many tables.) There are Makro stores (such as our Metro) – with pleasant prices and the freshest products.In spite of the abundance of shops, prices can vary, the assortment of goods can be different, like its quality.What does not exist on Koh Samui is cottage cheese and kefir – but you can cook it yourself – there is a wide choice of natural yoghurts and milk. Previously, there was no Greek but now it is periodically brought to the stores – and you can buy it .You probably now find it funny to read that I want buckwheat – but when it’s not here for a long time – then straight half the kingdom is ready to give – all the requests to the Motherland-bring the lard and grechku.Salo is there – but it is not at all like ours, but if you want, you can find.There are many more supermarkets and private shops – you can almost buy everything – but imported products are often very expensive – cheese, sausage, Italian ham and jamon. Imported vegetables and fruits are more expensive than local ones-for example, beets cost 60-80 baht per kilogram, Bulgarian pepper 150-200 baht, potatoes – 30 baht per kilogram. In general, you can not prepare for Koh Samui. There are a lot of markets.
, where ready-to-eat food and cooking products are sold, literally at every step of the round-the-clock stores 7/11 and Family Mart, where you can buy food, which you immediately warmed, coffee or tea directly into the glass. A lot of “makashnits” – such mobile carts – from which they sell food, drinks, fruits and wonderful pancakes with condensed milk. So if you do not want to cook, there are a lot of restaurants and foodcourts of Thai cuisine, as well as cuisines of the peoples of the world – dishes in Thai restaurants cost from 50 baht – and for 50 baht you will get a glass with ice, water, a broth bowl and the dish itself . This is in the roadside restaurants, where every day they cook the same dishes. For example, in my favorite restaurant in Chaweng – the first turn to the left of the main road, next to a huge store of ceramics – dishes cost 50-80 baht. Separately I would like to highlight Thai soup – there are many roadside restaurants – which prepare -2-3 kinds of soup with noodles. To understand – besides soup there is nothing else. But this soup is like the first and the second at the same time. Many Thais, in order not to cook often eat in these here eatery. Often here you will not find seafood – fillers can be, chicken and pork – a serving of this soup is at Mainam – 40 baht – in the city – the closer to the center 50-60 baht. In principle, you can eat. In Thai restaurants, where food is prepared with you and on the menu – a dish can cost around 80-150 baht. Fish is expensive – a serving of fish costs 200-400 baht. But in general, fish in Thailand are not particularly tasty. A very large selection of fresh fish in supermarkets – there you will clean it, cut it – for free – and if you wish and fry. There are many places in the markets, where you can buy already fried chicken leg, a serving of rice and a salad. Dishes in non-Thai restaurants cost twice as much. Recently, many new Russian restaurants have opened on Koh Samui. In general, with food on Samui, everything is fine. Some, however, manage to live on 100 baht a day – but either I eat a lot of it – in general, it is comfortable to spend 200-300 baht per day on food. If you eat in Thai cafes and shops or cook yourself. Seafood can be bought at markets and in stores. Sold as ready-made sets – to immediately boil-and kilograms. If hunting to eat lobster – do not buy it yourself – it’s better to buy cooked in a restaurant – the price will be about the same – just have it properly divided and cooked – otherwise there will be a pile of garbage inside. Shrimp, mussels, oysters, various cockleshells can be bought in supermarkets or in markets. Especially I want to note the seafood market in Nathon and the market in the Muslim village of Lamai. But behold, mussels. for example, I like the evening market at Mainam – there they even cook. In the evening, all kinds of restaurants open on Fisherman, Chaweng, Maenam, in Nathon and Lamai.
– A restaurant on the beach with club music – it works until 2 am – like a restaurant up to 12.
Green Mango – the biggest night club with the biggest disco – it works until 2 am – if not enough – the whole crowd moves to nearby SOUND BAR – more Thai institution. Reggae Pub – the oldest institution – there are often concerts of live music, located at the end of the “street whores” – a cluster of small barchikov with girls. All establishments are on the air, there is free entrance everywhere, you will certainly be asked to go to a bar and buy a drink – but you do not have to do it. Therefore, it is easy to visit these institutions for free, if you just dance and do not sit at tables. If you want to drink – you can go out of the disco, buy a low-alcohol cocktail or something stronger – drink and go in with your brother-with your drink will not be allowed-at the entrance there is a guard and carefully follows it. If you live in Lamai – Central Plaza and Swing Bar – until 2 am. If hunting to see the show of lady-battles – there are institutions “Moulin Rouge”
To sum up, I will say that living in Thailand is easy, fearless and quite comfortable. You can get Thai and Russian-speaking friends. If you are lonely and are looking for a couple, you can marry / marry a foreigner – a lot of my girlfriends have married Australians. If there is such an opportunity, leave – see the world – it’s not as scary as it seems to you. If there are questions – I will supplement the body of the review – so put the plus signs and stay tuned.
Irina Happy recommends Thailand, Koh Samui (Koh Samui)
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Thailand, Koh Samui – review.