Photo: Bophut, where even the deckchairs are fancy.

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Bophut Beach has a couple of hold-out backpacker spots among the mostly four- and five-star resorts. A short walk inland takes you to the Fisherman's Village and its interesting boutique hotels.

Fisherman's Village

Lined with attractive wooden shopfronts, Bophut's Fisherman's Village has a bit of an old-world charm to it that you'll find nowhere else on Ko Samui. The guesthouses and hotels in the village are mostly boutique-style affairs, and there's some excellent options to choose from. The only downside is it is a bit of a walk to the better part of the beach, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone who stays here.

L'Hacienda Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
98/2 Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (077) 245 943

If it wasn't for the Buddha images adorning its walls, you'd be forgiven for thinking L'Hacienda was somewhere in the Mediterranean. The French owner's influence can be seen in its stylish terracotta floors, crisp white bedding and whitewashed walls. Add to that a rooftop pool with bay views, a beachside swimming pool and reasonable rates and this hotel is a winning option. Facilities include... Read our full review of L'Hacienda Hotel.

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Cocooning Hotel and Tapas Bar
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (085) 697 7184

Don't be deceived by the nondescript exterior of Cocooning Hotel; once you enter this quaint little hotel, you will fall for its charm. Six standard rooms are individually furnished in different colours and themes, equipped with large comfortable beds, air-con, TV and fridge. The Sunset room comprises two levels, with a loft bedroom and spacious lounge area. The spotless rooms are serviced daily,... Read our full review of Cocooning Hotel and Tapas Bar.

Eden Bungalows
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
91/1 Bophut Beach
T: (077) 427 645

Eden Bungalows oozes character, both from its design as well as the staff and locals hanging out at the bar for evening cocktails. There are two main types of accommodation on offer. The deluxe bungalows are set around the pool and Jacuzzi in lush gardens, and the cheaper classic bungalows are actually rooms in a building. Both types offer balconies or patios with seating, and all rooms are... Read our full review of Eden Bungalows.

Smile House
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
93/1 Moo 1 Bophut Beach
T: (077) 425 361

Smile House consists of 54 bungalows ranging in size and price spread across a clever layout with bungalows set among trees and around two swimming pools. The resort is ideal for families or larger groups and three-bedroom bungalows are available, equipped with kitchenettes. All bungalows have air-con and satellite TV and are serviced daily. Other facilities include the on-site spa which offers a... Read our full review of Smile House.

Baan Bophut
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
6/9 Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (077) 245 733

Baan Bophut is a small hotel set on the beach in Fisherman's Village. Rooms are tastefully decorated and offer cable TV with DVD players, air-con, WiFi, minibar and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Breakfast is served on the wooden deck leading to the pool and lawn bordering the beach, and the Spirit House beach bar serves drinks on the beach and evening cocktails. All rooms have furnished... Read our full review of Baan Bophut.

Samui-Ley Hotel
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
Fishermans Village, Bophut, Ko Samui (From the main entrance to the village, turn left at the pier, and Samui-Ley is about 300 metres further on the right)
T: (077) 245 647

At first glance, it’s hard to figure out what Samui-Ley is. Is it an art gallery? Is it a clothing and knick-knack store? Is it a coffee shop? Is it a guesthouse? Well, all of the above, actually. Located right in the centre of Bophut’s happening Fisherman’s Village, and looking out over the bay towards Ko Pha Ngan, one couldn’t ask for a better location. Evidently the decorator has a... Read our full review of Samui-Ley Hotel.

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B1 Villa and Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
6/10 Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (077) 427 268

B1 Villa and Spa is located right on the beachfront in Fisherman's Village. The name is a bit deceiving as the spa consists of a saltwater Jacuzzi and splash pool, and massages are offered in the suites -- there is no designated spa area. Suites are spacious, and decorated with bold light fittings and vibrant artwork. Furniture and paintwork is however looking a little tired. All suites offer... Read our full review of B1 Villa and Spa.

Greenhouse Samui Apartments
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
1/2 Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (081) 818 8677

Greenhouse Samui Apartments are located above Kohinoor Indian Restaurant, via a rather steep staircase. For this reason, they are not suited to the elderly or anyone who battles with stairs -- especially after a few sundowners. This aside, the apartments are fully furnished and come with kitchenettes, allowing you to try your hand at cooking produce from the markets. The third floor apartments... Read our full review of Greenhouse Samui Apartments.

Bophut Beach

The main stretch of Bophut Beach is now home to mostly four and five star luxury resorts, but don't fret -- there's still a few budget gems about the place.

Zazen Boutique Resort + Spa
Toprange - 4,000B to 8,000B
177 Moo 1 Bophut Beach, On the Ring Road, about 300m past World Resort
T: (077) 425 085

Should you be celebrating a special occasion, or need to impress someone while on Ko Samui, the restaurant at Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, will be sure to meet the mark. Having been there on several occasions with overseas visitors, each time we have been completely blown away by the experience. Barman! Cocktail menu please. Zazen is at its most spectacular in the evening, where the attention... Read our full review of Zazen Boutique Resort + Spa.

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Free House Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 600B
175/7 Moo 1, Bophut Beach
T: (077) 427 517

Not quite free as the name implies, but close to it, these bungalows are positioned under the trees along a path leading to the beach. Spotlessly clean air-con or fan-cooled, wood-clad bungalows have a minimalist look, and are tasteful considering the price category. Elements such as terracotta floors, mosquito nets, hardwood furniture, hammocks and bamboo ceilings create a rustic look. The... Read our full review of Free House Bungalows.

Peace Resort & Spa
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
178 Moo 1 Bophut Beach, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 357

Peace Resort & Spa originally set up in 1977 under another name on a then-deserted Bophut beach; the latest renovation in 2007 transformed the bungalows into what you see today, a good midrange family hotel option with more than 120 rooms and bungalows of various types set in a meandering tropical garden. Pool or beach, pool or beach? Accommodation comes in superior, deluxe or beachfront... Read our full review of Peace Resort & Spa.

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World Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
175/1 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, midway between Lawana Resort and Zazen
T: (077) 425 355/6

World Resort offers across-the-board accommodation types depending on budget; from their standard hotel rooms or bungalows through to the luxurious seafront villa. Even the standard rooms and bungalows are fairly spacious, with decent bathrooms, cable TV, safes, minibar, air-con and furnished patios, offering value for money. If budget allows, the generously spaced seafront villa is excellent... Read our full review of World Resort.

Chalee Villa
Backpacker - Under 600B
Bophut Beach, bordering Mae Nam
T: (081) 895 4780

Situated in the east of Mae Nam, across the river from the five-star Zazen Resort, Chalee Villa Resort is hard to find from the road, but easily spotted from the beach. In saying that, the place seems permanently full of backpackers who can't believe their luck in finding these rustic bungalows. Villa is a bit of an overstatement to describe what's on offer; the clean, wood and brick, fan-cooled... Read our full review of Chalee Villa.

Lawana Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
108/10 Moo 1 Bophut Beach, Ko Samui
T: (077) 425 631

The first thing to catch your eye at Lawana Resort will be the pumpkin colour of the bungalows. The kaleidoscope does not stop when you enter the rooms, and each bungalow is painted a different vibrant colour, with bright silk throws and scatters adding to the crazy colour scheme -- if neutral shades are your style, then Lawana is not the place for you, but if you enjoy quirky, then this may be... Read our full review of Lawana Resort.

Samui Heritage Resort
Midrange - 1,500B to 4,000B
157/43 Moo 1, Bophut, Ko Samui
T: (077) 246 246

Samui Heritage Resort is tucked away and would not easily be stumbled upon without knowing it was there. The only access is through a shopping complex, with the resort located at the end of the row of shops and businesses. A teal stucco, stone and wood entrance guarded by lion statues welcomes guests. You’ll need to walk down the stone paved walkway, past the rooms and swimming pool to get to... Read our full review of Samui Heritage Resort.

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The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
165/4 Moo 1, Bophut (turn up Soi Sundays, about 500 metres past the traffic lights at Fisherman’s Village when travelling towards Chaweng)
T: (0)818 299 045

The name says it all in this case. The Sundays Sanctuary is precisely a sanctuary, set back from the busy Ring Road in Bophut. It’s not often you’ll find such stylish accommodation at this price on Ko Samui, and what this resort loses from not being beachside, it more than makes up in tranquil appeal, an oasis of a garden and excellent facilities.Your own little house in the forest.Entering... Read our full review of The Sundays Sanctuary Resort & Spa.

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Bophut Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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