Photo: Bophut, where even the deckchairs are fancy.

Ko Samui is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui’s different areas.

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Eat and meet

Bophut Beach and Fisherman's Village

The best and most varied eating in this are within Fisherman's Village, but there are also some good spots further along the beach towards Mae Nam.

The Yogarden
78 Moo 1, Laan Thong Rd, Fisherman's Village
T: (085) 790 3409

The studio is a bright and pleasant open-air spread cooled by fans and surrounded by orchid-filled gardens. Various types of yoga are offered at the competitive weekly rate of 800 baht, with discounts offered for longer memberships. Daily rates are also available, and a special of 200 baht for the first week is offered to new members. The studio also arranges yoga holiday packages in... Read our full review of The Yogarden.

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Fisherman's Village

Fisherman's Village comes alive on Friday evenings, when it hosts its weekly ‘walking street market'. Try every kind of food-on-a-stick imaginable washed down by the best mojitos at only 50-60B while being entertained at the stage area near the pier. Listen to Reggae bands, watch bartenders juggle bottles, fire shows or children performing traditional Thai dances or competing with hula... Read our full review of Walking Street Market.

Villa Corsa
Located at the entrance to Fisherman's Village

Previously La Virage, this restaurant was renamed to Villa Corsa after it changed hands. It's not the best location, as it overlooks the main road rather than the seafront, but it's half the price of Fisherman's Village's overpriced seafront venues. Try the very affordable steak, a rare treat in Thailand, usually expensive but here you can get a fillet for around 300 baht, perfectly grilled,... Read our full review of Villa Corsa.

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At Zazen boutique resort & spa, 177 Moo1, Ring Road, Bophut
T: (077) 425 085

If on a tight budget, you should probably stop reading right now and instead check out our crash course on eating on Samui for 150 baht per day, but if looking to splurge Zazen is worth every baht. The beachside ambience is romantic, romantic, romantic. You'll enter the restaurant by crossing over a pond with floating candles, passing palms draped in fairy lights and a swimming pool with... Read our full review of Zazen Restaurant.

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Fisherman's Village

After filling up on street food on a Friday evening during the walking street market, there is no better place to chill and people watch than Red Moon Bar, located along the main drag in Fisherman's Village. French owner JJ is always welcoming with a few complimentary tapas snacks, and the beer flows on tap. Music videos or sport is shown on a big screen inside. Sometimes a one-man band plays... Read our full review of Red Moon Bar .

Nirvana Restaurant & Bar
Fisherman’s Village, Bophut Beach, Ko Samui
T: (087) 515 2153

New restaurant Nirvana in popular Fisherman’s Village offers a selection of Thai, Asian-fusion and Western food. The decor is warm and inviting, with a lounge-type feel created by wooden and rattan furniture, burgundy cushions and drapes and candles on the... Read our full review of Nirvana Restaurant & Bar.

June’s Art Cafe
Samui Town Centre, Bophut Ring Road (about 500m before Big C shopping centre when coming from Fisherman’s Village)
T: (077) 425 587 , (089) 724 9673

Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for breakfast at 09:30 (a little late for the early birds, but worth the wait) until... Read our full review of June’s Art Cafe.

Karma Sutra
On the corner opposite the pier at Fisherman's Village
T: (077) 425 198

Sit at the outside tables and watch the pier, or flop onto the day beds and cushioned couches while you sip on cocktails. The menu serves both Thai and French-influenced Western food. The decor is appealing, with intricate carved wooden pieces, deep purples, lime green and plush cushions in silks. Karma Sutra is perfect hangout on a Friday night during walking street market, as it offers the... Read our full review of Karma Sutra.

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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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