“Whether you’re sun-seeking, feasting on world-class cuisine, beach partying or discovering wellness in an exclusive spa, Koh Samui has it all covered”
Nestled on the beautiful north coast of Koh Samui, between Mae Nam to the west, and Bang Rak in the east, Bophut is a lovely and serene beach village with a distinctive Mediterranean feel. Featuring a splendid beach that curves in a beautiful 3 Km long crescent, a beautiful seafront harboring some of the island’s most spectacular traditional boats and with a background giving a magnificent view on the mountainous Koh Pha Ngan Island.
Bophut is well-known for its picturesque and historic “Fisherman’s Village”, which takes up the middle section of the beach. Originally associated to the Chinese fishermen families who migrated from the island of Hainan in southern China and established a new community on Koh Samui. Some descendants of those original families still live and work in Bophut. Picturesque wooden houses and shops, built in the 19 th and 20 th centuries and decorative red Chinese lanterns dotted around the streets serve as a reminder of the rich heritage of the area.
Fisherman’s Village especially attracts families, couples and older travelers, it has gained its reputation for being the most elegant, modern and well-preserved place on the island. Lined by those old wooden Chinese shop-houses, among a few modernized buildings that match the tone. This has probably got a lot to do with the fact that it was the main French settlement on the island for many years. Many of the buildings on the beach side of the road are open at the back, offering amazing views across the sea towards Koh Phangan. Those are mostly seafood and some trendy restaurants, with tables spreading out onto the sand of the adjacent beach.
Friday Walking Street Market
Fisherman’s Village charm is enhanced with its weekly Friday night market, it happens every Friday from 5-10 pm. It is one of the biggest markets on Koh Samui Island. Visitors enjoy the traffic-free walking street lined with vendors and stalls selling plenty of snacks and drinks spreading scents and smells of Thai cuisine, local musicians and traditional Thai dancers perform for passing audiences entertaining passers, among many street vendors and shops trade their handmade crafts and natural products.
Where to eat?
- Tree Tops Sky Dining & Bar
This unique restaurant is the most romantic dining option within the island where guests can enjoy the most luxurious setting amongst the tree tops which is perfect for an occasion to demonstrate one’s love for each other. Guests can enjoy a menu inspired by Executive Chef, Azizskandar Awang that encompasses carefully selected high quality fresh products brought together on your plate with all the years of his experience.
Location: 92 / 1 Moo 2 | Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand (Formerly SkyHug Restaurant)
Open: 6:00 PM – 8:45 PM – 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Telephone: +66 77 960 333
- Supattra Thai Dining
Fresh and only local Fish and Seafood and authentic Thai Food all cooked in the special Way by the Owner Supattra!
Great Wine List with international Wines, but of course also local Beer and a full Bar Selection with great Cocktails and also a great Selection of Gin & Tonics.
Nice romantic Setting in an open Thai Sala Style house with View to Mangroves.
Location: 32/6 Moo 4 | Bangrak, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Open: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +66 93 282 8777
- Khaw Glong Too Thai Restaurant
Location: 220/12 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Open: 11:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Telephone: +66 89 154 4560
Where to sleep?
- Eden Beach Bungalows
Eden Beach Bungalows is a 10-minute walk from Fisherman’s Village. It offers non-smoking modern bungalows with a balcony and free Wi-Fi. The property features a pool, tour desk and massage service. Free public parking is possible on site.
- Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa
This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. The award-winning Zazen Boutique Resort & Spa, which means “finding inner peace” in Japanese, is located on a private beachfront on Bo Phut Beach. This peaceful sanctuary features an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and 3 dining options.