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    Samui cityhood imminent

    Samui cityhood imminent
    By KIK SODSAI

    THE majority of village chiefs on Koh Samui have voted in favor of the municipality becoming a city.

    Eighteen of the 32 village chief and chiefs of subdistricts, who met last Feb. 15, voted to approve the changing of Samui’s status to a “Thetsaban Nakhon,” while the remaining 14 voted against the proposal.

    Earlier Suratthani Gov. Vinai Baupradit directed Samui officials led by Mayor Varakorn Rattanarak to resolve the issue after he had received a petition signed by subdistrict chiefs objecting to the change of status, whose foremost proponent is Varanakorn.

    “I think we will become city by early March. We want the Suratthani governor to approve this as soon as possible and send the proposal to the Department Of Provincial Administration,” Varakorn said in an interview with Samui Express.

    Varanakorn said Samui was ready to become a city, as he claimed the municipality has passed all the criteria required of it, including the required population. Samui’s official population now is 50,066 within an area of 228.7 square kilometers. This means the population density is 218.95 people per square kilometer.

    In terms of income, Samui’s revenue of over Bt10 billion a year is enough to change the island from a municipality to a city, Varakorn said.

    The village chief’s and subdistrict chiefs’ objection has emanated from the fact that they would lose their positions, which would be abolished under a city setup.

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    samuiexpress.net

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    Shit hole. Hope it sinks tomorrow. Samuians are the worst people I have ever dealt with anywhere.

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    If the get the second Airport and spend a bit of money on the roads and the drains, it could pass from rich playboys paradise to 'too expensive for a holliday.com' in another five to ten years. Good luck to them. It's too expensive for me already.

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    ** & ^ Agree with you both. It's declined rapidly. A few of the real locals (a very few) are really lovely people, but most I've met are greedy, racist, ill-mannered coconut-heads.
    It is outrageously overpriced in every way.

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    Yup - Samui IS a shithole! Lived there for a couple of years. Never want to go back. The place is run by a handful of 'Families' who wield absolute power: cops bent as bananas and just as yellow: with the exception of a very few, the people are greedy and grasping. Not to be recommended.
    Songkhla on the other hand ...

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    Shame, I remember it when it was really nice. It would be a shame to go back there.

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    I am going there in may, sounds like a lot of fun.

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