Bophut Beach

Bophut Beach

A fun mix of sand, food and shopping

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Arguably Ko Samui’s quintessential beach, Haad Bophut has good swimming, great views and an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars (not the seedy kind) in the Fisherman’s Village – even if you don’t stay here, factor in a trip here at some point.

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The Bophut beachfront.  Photo by: David Luekens.
The Bophut beachfront. Photo: David Luekens

The focal point is Fisherman’s Village, once an actual base for fishers that gradually transformed into a cluster of tourist-oriented shops, art galleries and eateries. These often blur the line between tasteful and kitsch but are always fun to poke around. While the village is worth a look at any time, it really wakes up for the Friday evening “walking street” that’s widely considered the best night market on Samui.

Several concrete buildings went up along the narrow village lane in the 1980s and ‘90s; wander to the quieter east end and you’ll find old wood houses now occupied by health-food cafes or low-key pubs, including several French-run establishments. Large boats have stopped docking at the old village pier, which now stands as more of a photo prop reaching towards Ko Pha Ngan.

The heart of Fisherman's Village. Photo by: David Luekens.
The heart of Fisherman's Village. Photo: David Luekens

Unlike parts of Chaweng and Lamai, with their sleazy bars, all of Bophut is suitable for kids. Families tend to have good experiences staying at resorts like Smile House or Eden Beach Bungalows and strolling into the village at dusk for dinner at one of the many restaurants. Young backpackers and older couples also have some good options in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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