Villa and House Rental Guide for Koh Samui

14 Mar 2022

Are you planning to visit and stay in Koh Samui for more than a month? If so, you may want to consider renting a house or villa instead of a hotel, hostel, or resort. It's a better value for the money and more convenient. Plus, it provides you with personal space, peace, and quiet. In addition, most places include a kitchen so you can prepare homemade meals and not have to eat out all the time.

We highly recommend choosing a monthly rental for accommodation so you will feel at home during your visit, making it all the more pleasurable.

How to Find a Monthly Rental on Koh Samui

At first, as you search and come across the abundance of pages and social media groups promoting houses and villas for rent, you might get intimidated. You may wonder, "Is it as nice as the pictures?" or "Is it the right price?" or "Is the location ideal?" etc.

Here's the deal: Many of these long-term rental options could be ads from brokers or agencies, which charge commission for their efforts of connecting you to the landlords. So, it's hard to know if you are finding a good deal or not. While it is convenient to have someone else do some legwork, you could save a lot of money by finding the property yourself.

By 'legwork' means driving around the island looking for 'home for rent signs, calling the number listed on them, setting up a viewing, and negotiating with the landlord. Of course, this method would entail your presence on Koh Samui – meaning you'll have to rent a room or bungalow somewhere for the first few days of your stay on the island. You will also have to rent a car or scooter and buy a Thai sim card for your mobile phone, but eventually, you'd have to do those two things.

If that sounds too challenging for you and you would rather have everything established before you arrive, you can use Airbnb, Agoda, Facebook (by searching 'house for rent on Koh Samui') or browse local rental firms online. But remember, you probably won't find the best deal this way because residences advertised online target foreigners, so they rack up the price.

The Benefits of Looking for a House for Rent in Person

One significant advantage of looking for a house yourself (aside from saving money) is that you can see which regions appeal to you the most as you drive around the island on the hunt. Plus, you can see the property in person, which is so much different than just looking at the few pictures provided online.

House Types 

On Koh Samui, there are various styles of long-term rentals. Which you choose depends on your budget, lifestyle, taste, and the property's location. Here's a rundown of the more prevalent types of dwellings you'll find on the island.

Wooden homes in the traditional style: These wooden bungalows are often the cheapest of the long-term rentals and come in various sizes – from studios without a kitchen to multi-bedroom layouts with living room(s) and a kitchen. Most of them are very basic, like huts, so they aren't as well insulated as a western home, with openings in the walls for air to flow through. In addition, they tend not to have air-conditioning or have AC only in the bedroom. Nevertheless, some are super nice, having more effort into their development.

Concrete homes:  These dwellings are sturdy, typically built on stilts, and more akin to western buildings you may be used to. They are usually air-conditioned and easier to keep pest-free (since the walls are closed – not "breathable" like the wooden houses). These too come in various sizes.

Villas: These are luxury houses, distinguished by their exquisite décor, exclusivity, and high-end features. They are usually built either on a separate plot of land with lots of surrounding garden space or in a gated community. Many have modern amenities and features like:

  • walk-in wardrobes 
  • private swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • western-style kitchens (they have appliances like a large fridge with separate freezer, a microwave, an oven, and more; instead of a Thai-style house with a small fridge with freezer inside, water heater and gas or electric camper style stove).

What about Furnishings? 

Most rental properties, especially the smaller ones, come with relatively simple furnishings. Still, there is a furniture store in Thong Sala where you can get anything you need if it doesn't come with it already. It's something you should check out before moving in. 

Most high-end villas are fully furnished. By 'fully furnished', we mean it comes equipped with (a) bed(s), sofa(s), table(s), chair(s), culinary kitchen equipment (pans, plates, utensils, etc.), and a built-in kitchen.

You can easily find what you need around the island or online if anything is missing. The 20 baht shop sells cooking gear if you're on a budget. If you're looking for more investment-worthy, high-quality kitchen items, you can get them at Limpingpong. Or, for those in either circumstance, you can find what you need on Lazada, a fantastic online shopping app that even allows you to pay for your parcel in cash when delivered. 

For furniture that is a more western style, you can check out Homemart. Or, many local Thai businesses around the island have furniture and cupboards or shelving, many made of bamboo, wood, or plastic.

Landlords and Rental Agreements

If you decide not to utilize an agent or a third party, you must treat the landlord of your chosen house with respect, naturally. They will have a set price in mind for the rental, but most are willing to work out a fair bargain, frequently providing a discount for leases of three months or longer, with more significant savings for rentals of six months, a year, or longer. Basically, the longer you can commit to staying, the better the price you can get. When negotiating a decent rent amount, don't be overly forceful. People in Thai culture are soft and sweet, and they don't want to lose face, so be aware of this.

When both you and the landlord are happy with the amount you've agreed on, you should ask to sign a lease agreement. This way, you'll know that you'll be paying the correct rent fee for the duration of the rental you've previously agreed to. Even if it's simply a single piece of paper with the price, time, any deposits made, and your signatures on it, you'll have a written record and be protected.

Using a Representative

If you have an idea of the type of rental you want but don't want to go through the bother of looking for it yourself, you might hire an agent or firm to handle it for you. On Koh Samui, numerous legitimate people do this; most work directly with the landlords. Of course, you may be required to pay a one-time or ongoing fee, but it is reasonable and saves you a lot of time, so it is well worth it.

Subletting

Be aware of foreigners advertising houses for sublease; this is illegal in Thailand; however, it may be in their contract in some situations. You don't want to rent a house on Koh Samui only to be asked to leave or, worse, forced to leave. It's essential to do things correctly and rent directly from the landlord.

Cost of Renting a Property in Koh Samui

The cost of renting a property in Koh Samui varies depending on how luxurious you wish to live. It can range from 6,000 Baht per month to 20,000 Baht or more for a truly spectacular luxury villa with a pool.

Many properties for rent in Koh Samui are available daily, weekly, or monthly, but the longer you stay, the better the value. If you arrive during the off-season or want to remain for an extended period, you should be able to haggle on the price.

A one-room house with a balcony, fan, basic kitchen, and bathroom costs roughly 6,000–8,000 Baht per month but does not often include air conditioning, Wi-Fi, or hot water. The average monthly rent for a larger, more contemporary one-bedroom property in Koh Samui is 10,000 to 12,000 Baht.

Deposits

Many rentals are done casually, with minor or no deposits required. However, it is also standard practice on Koh Samui for landlords to require a deposit. This is to cover any loss, damage, or payment issues. Deposits might range from a few hundred dollars to a month's rent (or more). Deposits are returned if the rent is paid and the property and its contents are in good condition. 

Additional Charges like Utilities and Wi-Fi

When renting a house on Koh Samui for a few months to years, you'll need to think about more than simply the rental amount. There are bills and utilities to pay, just as there are in your native country. So before agreeing to anything, make sure all electrics, water, and other utilities are working correctly. 

In some cases, you might find a place where utilities like electricity, water, and internet are included in the monthly rent. These are usually smaller rental properties with no air conditioning; however, it depends on the type of rental and the landlord/owner. For example, some luxury villa rentals may feature such amenities.

Budget for the following additional costs:

  • Electricity: This is the most important, and it will be heavily influenced by air conditioning usage and whether or not you have a swimming pool. Your monthly utility bill might easily reach hundreds of dollars if you utilize air conditioning. However, it is possible to save money by using it less regularly or even using fans instead. Swimming pools need a lot of energy for the pump, which might cost up to 4000 Baht. Depending on the property, electric costs might range from 500 Baht per month to 10,000 Baht or more.
  • Water: Your bill will vary depending on whether your home has its own well or if you use government water. Water is ordinarily free if you have a well; you will receive a bill with government water, but it will be minimal. Depending on your consumption, it might range from a few hundred Baht to a thousand Baht.
  • Internet (Wi-Fi): Because they have one or two routers serving a large number of homes, some landlords will offer Wi-Fi for a monthly fee. However, if you have your own router for your home, you will have to pay for it, and you will have better internet. Depending on the speed and supplier, the typical monthly cost of Wi-Fi at a property ranges from 700 to 1500 Baht. If you're a digital nomad who needs decent Wi-Fi to work, it's a good idea to conduct a speed test to see how fast the connection is.
  • Gas: The most common way to cook here is with gas tanks. Whether it's full or partly complete, your rental will generally come with one. When it runs out, though, you will be asked to pay for a new one. Depending on whether you have a small or large one, it will cost between 150 and 500 Baht to refill it every 2 or 3 months, depending on how frequently you use it.

 

What Happens When it's Time to Leave the House? 

It's time to move out of your long-term rental once you've completed the contract or agreed upon time frame and are ready to move on. As long as you've followed the lease agreement, paid your rent, and been a good tenant, this should be a painless and straightforward process.

Leave the property in the same condition as you found it, if not better! Deep clean your home; if you don't want to do it yourself, get a local cleaning to assist you. Remove your possessions and furniture, or sell them and leave some for future guests if your landlord agrees.

Following that, your landlord will inspect the property, and, in most cases, your deposit will be refunded. If you are honest and show them any damage, they may deduct a portion of the deposit to cover the cost of replacement or work. It's important to remember that this is entirely normal.

In Conclusion

While renting a house on Koh Samui differs from what you may be used to, the essential regulations remain the same. It would be best to respect your landlords and agents and not cheat out on any mistakes. It would be best to respect them as you would in your own country because this is their livelihood and business. Renting a house, apartment, or villa in this area is a safe and straightforward process that, as long as you are a good tenant, should be pleasurable as well!

There are long-term rentals that also include services like a hotel or resort. These are nice if you can afford the luxury as you won't have to waste time cleaning or doing laundry and can even order food delivered straight to your dwelling like room service. 

Some houses and villas for rent in Koh Samui that we recommend include:

Long N Joy Samui

Long N Joy Samui in Chaweng has an outdoor pool and free WiFi. There is also free private parking for guests that drive. Every apartment features a private bathroom with a shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a microwave. A patio and/or balcony with pool or mountain views are available in some units.

Long N Joy Samui provides car rental services. Chaweng Beach, KC Beach Club Chaweng, and Solo Bar are all popular places near the hotel. Furthermore, Long N Joy Samui is 4.4 miles from Samui International Airport, and the facility provides a chargeable airport shuttle service.

At I Home and Resort

At I Home and resort, only minutes from Koh Samui's city centre, treat yourself to a pleasant vacation. With all of the amenities and services at I Home and Resort, travellers can expect a hassle-free stay. In addition, guests are provided with complimentary parking.

The rooms at At I Home and Resort have been thoughtfully built with the guest in mind. The home's rooms have linen service and air conditioning to make your stay more comfortable. The home's in-room entertainment is second to none, with all visitors receiving a television and cable television. Plus, each room has a coffee/tea maker, and with the amenities and towels provided in the bathroom, you can always stay fresh and clean.

Take a trip outside of the At I Home and Resort while you're on Koh Samui. Enjoy a momentary shopping stop at Maenam Walking Street, located 2.0 kilometres away. 

Jungle White House - Suite

With a stay at Jungle White House - Suite, you may go exploring and see the wonders of Koh Samui. At this convenient location, you'll be able to enjoy a variety of activities. Jungle White House - Suite is an ideal starting point for various sightseeing and tourism options as it is situated just 3 kilometres from Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks.

By delivering the best in services and amenities, every effort makes guests feel at ease. Guests can park for free immediately in front of the unit. Smoking is permitted only in the apartment's designated smoking areas.

All guestrooms are designed for comfort and provide a variety of amenities to ensure a peaceful night's sleep. The apartment's rooms have linen service and air conditioning for your convenience. Television and cable television are among the in-room entertainment options available in some rooms. Also, a coffee or tea maker and instant coffee are available in some rooms. And it's nice to know that the guest bathrooms have a hairdryer and towels.

During your stay at Jungle White House - Suite, make the most of everything Koh Samui has to offer. Enjoy the simple joys of an oceanside vacation at Chaweng Beach, which is only 6.0 kilometres away and where you may turn a good day into a great one with a sea view. Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks, which are only 3.0 kilometres apart, are the most well-known landmark in the area.

Baan Poon Garden

With a stay at Baan Poon Garden, you'll be situated in the heart of Koh Samui, surrounded by the island's many sites and landmarks. You can swiftly access Koh Samui's must-see attractions because of its excellent location. This apartment is the place to be, whether you want to jump into the water or simply sit and admire it with a cocktail. With a stay at Baan Poon Garden, you can enjoy some beach time about 1.5 km from Chaweng Beach.

Baan Poon Garden's wide selection of services guarantees that all visitors get the most out of their stay. With the apartment's complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, you may upload photos and respond to emails whenever you choose. In addition, the property offers car rental and shuttle services to assist you in getting about Koh Samui. For guests who drive themselves, parking is accessible and free at the flat.

While staying at this magnificent apartment, the friendly front desk staff can assist you with various amenities such as concierge service and luggage storage. The apartment's on-site dry cleaning and laundry services allow you to carry less while keeping your favourite travel outfits clean. Accommodation service and daily housekeeping are available in your room, allowing you to relax and enjoy your stay. The flat is entirely smoke-free, offering a healthy indoor atmosphere.

The guestrooms at Baan Poon Garden are equipped with all necessities for a comfortable stay. For the comfort of all guests, the flat has air conditioning. To keep guests entertained, some rooms have televisions and cable TV. In addition, the apartment includes a hairdryer, toiletries, and towels in selected rooms, knowing that bathroom facilities boost visitor pleasure substantially.

A cup of delicious coffee served at the apartment's cafe will help you wake up bright and energized in the mornings. Furthermore, Baan Poon Garden delivers a fun-filled vacation with a wide range of activities and amenities. Allow yourself to be pampered and indulged with a massage.
There are numerous attractions within proximity of Baan Poon Garden to explore. Chaweng Beach, 1.5 km away, is a great place to relax on the sand or enjoy a drink. Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks, about 7.7 kilometres distant, is the most well-known surrounding local attraction.

Villa Atlantis 6 - Deluxe 2BDR, Sea View, Private Pool

Villa Atlantis 6 Aqua is a 2-bedroom standalone villa with a private infinity pool in Chaweng Noi Beach, Koh Samui. Chaweng Viewpoint is 2.3 km away from the house. 

For the convenience of guests, free WiFi and public parking are provided. This well-decorated home has two bedrooms and two patios with sunbeds and offers magnificent views of Chaweng Bay. A safety deposit box is featured in each room and a hairdryer in each bathroom. A coffee maker, an electric kettle, and a refrigerator are included in the kitchen. 

An informative welcome leaflet is available for adventurous people looking to explore the island. In addition, there are CCTV cameras on the property and a vehicle rental service delivered to the villa. Friendly staff on site can arrange transportation to surrounding islands with the help of a villa manager. Golf is prominent in the area, as is horseback riding, diving, and snorkelling. The property is 5 kilometres from Samui Airport. Wat Khunaram and Wat Phra Yai Ko Fan are a 26-minute drive from Villa Atlantis 6 Aqua, while Laem Sor Pagoda is a 34-minute trip. Santiburi Samui Country Club is a 30-minute drive away, while Central Festival Samui is a 15-minute drive away.

Chaweng Lakeview Residence

Chaweng Lakeview Residence is ideal for visitors who want to take in the sights and sounds of Samui. This 3-star hotel is about 3. km from the airport and is easily accessible. In addition, famous city attractions such as Kao Hua Jook Pagoda Buddha Temple, Blue Stars Kayaking Services, and Central Festival Samui are all within walking distance from this modern hotel.

Chaweng Lakeview Residence's facilities and services ensure that guests have a pleasant stay. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, private check-in/check-out, taxi service, and ticket service are some of the hotel's highlights. In addition, the hotel rooms have been meticulously designed to provide the highest level of comfort and convenience. Guests will discover a television LCD/plasma screen, cleaning materials, a clothes rack, complimentary instant coffee, and complimentary tea in some of the rooms. 

The hotel provides a wide range of leisure opportunities, including a golf course (within 3 km), an outdoor pool, and massage services. Chaweng Lakeview Residence is a beautiful choice for your stay in Samui, whatever your reason for visiting.

Blue Star Apartment Walk to Beach

Blue Star Apartment Walk to Beach is located 50 meters from Chaweng Beach, 200 meters from Chaweng Noi Beach, 2.3 kilometres from Coral Cove Beach, and 5 kilometres from Samui International Airport. It is excellent accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi. 

Lemongrass Pool Villa 

Lemongrass Pool Villa is a magnificent 1150sqm estate hidden in a gorgeous tropical garden with a large 12m pool in Koh Samui that can accommodate 16 people. You will instantly feel at ease when you enter LEMONGRASS Villa and look out over the big pool and patio with the shaded sundeck.

Our Bophut location is less than 10 minutes drive from Chaweng beach, providing the ideal combination of tranquillity and solitude with easy access to adjacent Chaweng's numerous restaurants, retail malls, and supermarkets, as well as Samui Airport, which is only 15 minutes away.

There are eight air-conditioned bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a stylish dining area, and a spacious and pleasant family room, all decorated in a combined Thai/European style. All en-suite bathrooms are spacious and have rain-shower and handheld showerheads, hairdryers, and our exclusive organic amenities, including shower gel and shampoo. The enormous kitchen includes a dishwasher, conventional oven, microwave oven, coffee machine, espresso machine, juicers, and enough plates, glasses, and utensils for everyone. WIFI 100Mb/s is available for free throughout the property. 

 

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