We have finally settled into a house on Koh Samui, so I am in a hurry to share photos of our accommodation. In fact, I am personally not very happy with him, he reminds me of some kind of summer house in the Crimea, but Daria really likes the view of the ocean, because of which, in fact, this house was rented. Now one more dream is less 🙂 Who would have thought that on the most expensive island of Thailand you can live right on the coast and for reasonable money, everything is real! Of course, this is not a villa with a pool, but such a house is available to many. True, I would still live somewhere further away, but in a better house, since other things were much more important to me, such as newness of walls, equipment, cleanliness, etc., but for a month, why not. By the way, they say that the sound of the sea gets very boring over time, but I still can't say anything about this..
The content of the article
- one Our home requirements
- 2 Our home on Koh Samui
Our home requirements
If you are renting a house, then read my post-booking instructions: How to book a house in Thailand - 5 ways. I also remind you that we have personally collected directory of houses on Koh Samui, where more than 70 houses with a map and a photo. Accommodation for a short period, while you are looking for a house, you can buy through RoomGuru, this is just a mega-service, you can immediately see in which booking system (Booking, Agoda, Hotels, etc.) the hotel you need is cheaper. And we also have our own detailed review. best hotels in Koh Samui.
In fact, Koh Samui is full of accommodation for every taste and budget. There are so-so houses for 10 thousand, and excellent ones for 30 thousand, and vice versa, so you have to go and watch. An important role is played by the number of housing on the desired beach in general and the distance from the sea. If you really need a beach front (beach front - right on the shore), then you need to prepare for an increase in prices. If we talk about the average price, then somewhere between 10-20 thousand there will be a good house not by the sea (either within walking distance or not), and 30-50 thousand by the sea itself (1st or 2nd from the sea ). Alternatively, renting a house farther from the sea, but with a swimming pool, the path is even common, it is somewhere from 15 thousand.
And our requirements for the house were as follows:
- Bang Po beach, since our friends live here and we wanted walking distance to them (thanks guys for helping us in the search!).
- Beachfront or the second or third from the sea, that is, between the highway and the beach, in order to be able to be in the sea in 2 minutes, otherwise we will not go to the sea at all with Egor. By the way, even with such accessibility of the sea as ours, we still swim only once a day..
- Despite the fact that between the road and the beach, you need a house not on the road itself, otherwise it is too noisy.
- A large house, so that there is not only a bedroom, but also one more room.
- It is highly desirable that everything around the house is not rolled into concrete.
- Kitchen, internet, air conditioner, everything is clear here, and like everyone's requirements.
Actually, with the first three points, we narrowed the range of houses to literally a few pieces. There were great houses on the other side of the road, there were plenty of offers on other beaches. And here, in reality, everything near the beach is already occupied (there is not much housing on Bang Po), and basically there are only thaistyles here. There was a great house for 30 thousand, Eurostyle, with good furniture and appliances, and we even thought to rent it, but we were never told whether they would rent it or not.
Our home on Koh Samui
Our house has just begun to be rented out, judging by the desolation in it, and if it is repaired and tinted, it can be rented out more expensively. But since we are for a short time and with such inflated requirements, I think we were generally lucky to grab a house with access to the sea for only 15 thousand a month. Perhaps I'll start with this, from the beach.
If you are traveling to Thailand for the first time, then I recommend booking a house or apartment in advance. This is done only through a realtor. Yes, they do not deal with the cheapest housing and take a commission, but this allows you to avoid unnecessary hassle in an unfamiliar country. Believe me, independent searches on the spot are difficult and not worth it. You are going to rest.
Send me a request to advise a trusted realtor, whom I myself trust. And then recently there have been a lot of scammers.
One way to look for a home near the beach is to walk along the beach and enter the villages. Actually, I did just that. Our village is completely Thai, I don't know if this is good or bad, so far there is no difference for us, except that the hostess hardly speaks English. So Bang Po beach is great! There is a relatively long entry into the sea, which is convenient with children, then corals begin, where you can swim with a mask. There are almost no people on the beach, but only for this you can live here! Affected by the small amount of housing and infrastructure. In general, the beach and the house on the beach is the biggest plus that we have.
And so in the house there is 1 large bedroom, the 2nd bedroom on the second floor for extreme sports, the heat there is unbelievable, a thaistyle kitchen on the ground (the house itself is on stilts), a bright living room with a minimum of furniture, a large circular terrace, a standard shower. Condo equipment, gas stove, refrigerator. By the way, when the kitchen is on the ground, it is not very good for crawling children trying to come up from the stairs. Although most homes in Thailand are not very well suited for small children due to the tiled floors, which become terribly slippery from a drop of water.
From the equipment we lacked only a kettle and a rice cooker, which were safely bought in Big C for 270 and 320 baht, respectively. And with wifi it is generally interesting, this house does not have its own Internet, so we use the master's from the next house. And for some reason he only works during the day (then he began to work at night). Either they turn it off, or the torrent hangs on it maliciously swinging something: there is a wifi network, but there is no Internet. But this is rather a plus, I will not sit at the computer at night, besides, I have my own 3g from Dtac.
In general, I'm not too squeamish, and I also like Asia, but human filth confuses me most of all. Okay, old things, but when it's greasy stains on the walls, mold, or black tiles on the bathroom floor, it's somehow unpleasant. Although the general death of housing does not add aesthetics. Everywhere there are spider webs, slabs of tiles, a broken ceiling in places, cracks in the walls, leaking taps, a buzzing air conditioner, a shabby refrigerator, a rusty stove, and so on. And if just dirt can be removed (cleaning costs about 300 baht for a couple of hours), then the shabby is more difficult to hide.
By the way, if you often use air conditioning and move into the house for a long time, ask the owners to clean the indoor unit. Ours here broke down the other day, and during its repair it was also washed, dust and dirt there are shreds. This applies not only to Thailand, but to any country, you need to clean and change the filters once a year, otherwise you will breathe completely.
Conclusions after the move
Upon searching for housing and moving to second house it turned out that the first house is very good for that kind of money:
- The first line for 15 thousand is nonsense. And on Bang Po, he is almost the only one of this kind in October (maybe the situation is better in the low season).
- We paid for electricity at state rates, which is two times lower than usual.
- We have a really big house, which is also a plus.
- We changed the condo, it works super.
- After cleaning, everything became not as scary as in the photographs (but, of course, I still want everything newer).