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Friday, 30 September 2016

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam


A brand new immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam, finally replacing the two previous locations that I knew in Nathon, since the 17 years that I live here. Both of the two previous locations in Nathon, at opposite sides of the road, at the intersection to the Government hospital, where bursting in their seams with the work load they received day in and day out, week in and week out.

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

A brand new immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

The new immigration office, that opened it's doors almost two weeks ago at Soi 1 in Maenam, seems to be better equipped, or is at least more spacious than the previous locations in Nathon. It must be said though, that although the new building has been build over a very long time, it's still not completely finished, with cables and the likes still sticking out of walls or hanging down ceilings, all over public places. A quick reminder to not forget in what country we are.

The staff however, seem to be efficient and know what they are doing and in my yearly visa renewal they were friendly as well.

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

New immigration office on Koh Samui has opened on Soi 1 in Maenam

In front of the new immigration is a big restaurant/bar style place, for your drinks and possibly some small snacks and there's a short row of small buildings build, most likely to be rented out to places where you can make copies etc for your immigration paperwork that you need, but you forgot to make two copies of!

Hopefully this new building will do it's job for a long time coming and for many local expats, it's a blessing that the new immigration office moved to Maenam, since it's so much closer than having to go all the way to Nathon.

For all Koh Tao and Koh Phangan expats, coming in by car ferry, it will be a longer ride on Koh Samui to the new immigration office in Maenam but if they come in by Seatran or Lomprayah ferry, they will have a shorter trip to Maenam now.

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