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November 27, 2010 2:17 PM Subscribe
I'm planning to stay/live on Koh Samui from March next year until...well, as long as possible, really. Have any other MeFis lived there for a significant amount of time? Any tips?
posted by mudkicker to travel & transportation around Samui Island, Thailand (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Hi hive mind,
I've found a fair bit of info on Google and through searching MeFi, but it mostly relates to short stays. I'm looking at going to Koh Samui for as long as possible, basically until my money runs out (then probably somewhere else in Asia to teach, which I've done before, save up, and go back to Samui for another six months). But has anyone stayed for a year or more, and how did that work out visawise? I'm getting a triple entry visa which will be good for six months, ie 3 x 60 days, but can't find much on whether I can extend after that. Also, has anyone managed to find a job on the island and change visas accordingly?
I work freelance (writing and editing) so might be OK for money for some time, but am wondering how people manage to stay in Thailand for years on a tourist visa, and whether it's worth my while looking at this as a long term option. After years of SAD, I want this to be my last Irish winter, and Thailand seems perfect for me in so many ways; I'd appreciate any tips from those in the know.
Other details if relevant: I'm 35, well-travelled, have a couple of years teaching experience, around five years journalism, a few years working in retail, bars etc, as well as some years in social work. I'm happy doing any kind of work or volunteering as long as there's a bit of sunshine. I've chosen Samui over other Thai islands as there's a dog rescue centre I want to volunteer at (I don't think I can get a long term visa this way though). I have an Irish passport and am entitled to a British one as well.
Please feel free to ask any questions and apologies if this question is somewhat vague - I'm just looking absolutely any help you can offer!