Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, many westerners are opting to buy second homes in Thailand. Samui is one of the most popular choices for prospective holiday-home purchasers due to its expanding infrastructure, and established provisions for the growing expatriate community that is already resident on the island. It also still represents value for money in comparison to western markets, and strong potential for rental returns, of 6-8% per anum. Reputable agencies can manage the properties when owners are not in Thailand, and organize rentals. They will take care of crucial details such as vetting tenants, collecting rent and being a point-of contact if problems arise.
There is also increasing popularity of timeshare and fractional ownership schemes, and there have been some moves by banks and developers to offer finance, all of which make the possibility of purchasing a holiday home more realistic and affordable.