Photo: Late light on Bophut.

Bophut Beach

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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.





Located on the north coast, between Mae Nam to the west and Bang Rak in the east, the beach itself curves in a perfect three-kilometre-long crescent. The light-tan sand is coarse and much of the beach gets quite narrow at high tide, though even at low tide the water is deep enough for a swim just offshore. The view of anchored sailboats with mountainous Ko Pha Ngan in the background looks almost more Mediterranean than Thai.

The Bophut beachfront.  Photo taken in or around Bophut Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand 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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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