Samui Phangan Magazine October - November 2017

I was recently asked why I would want to live on Koh Samui. Living on a tropical island is an incredible fantasy shared by many people. Being surrounded by water, drinking out of fresh young coconuts, being warm all year and diving in the crystal-clear ocean are some of the alluring images that come to mind. I along with many have made the fantasy of island life a reality. However, how does the reality truly live up to the fantasy? Island life is not always paradise. With power shortages, language and culture barriers it can be challenging at times. There is no denying Koh Samui is stunning. Although development on the island runs at full pace with the size of the island you will still find incredible beauty and peace. Only a short distance from the mainland, Koh Samui offers the chance to truly get away. Life moves at a slower pace on islands and you will likely find yourself in a deep state of relaxation. Koh Samui has a strong community. People don’t leave islands as often as city’s so living on an island you usually find yourself around most of the same people. This helps the community to work together. Most people living on islands do so for the same reasons and this shared love and respect of the island bonds people together.

The slower-paced lifestyle on islands is one of the wonderful benefits that helps its residents truly relax. However sometimes this slow pace can lead to stressful situations. If you own a business on the island you may struggle with builders working at your expected pace, with training your employees to offer the correct service to tourists. Electrical outages may go on for days while you wait for the electric company to make the repair. These are especially important considerations for those who plan to open a business, but they affect all of us who live here.

Living on an island could become the most magical experience of your life, fulfilling your every tropical fantasy, or it could be an incredibly difficult frustrating experience. Nowhere is perfect, so weigh the pros and cons and decide if island living is right for you. If you do decide to move to an island, take a deep breath and learn to adapt to this different culture and lifestyle. I did and have never regretted it.

Publisher
Crispin

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