#1 to do and see in Koh Samui in Thailand is the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut. It’s filled with nice restaurants (most with beach view), bars, and shops, but the place rarely ever gets crowded like Chaweng. On friday’s the place is packed with locals, tourists, and stands selling clothing, accessories, wine (you can even do some wine tasting) and food. Take the time to buy a banana pancake at any stand. It’s delicious (and not very rich like I expected). I’m glad I tried this the last day of my visit, otherwise I’d had at least one each day.
There is a cocktail bar at the end (north side) of Bophut beach with amazing cocktails, and a totally chill-out atmosphere. You can either sit in the straw chairs (which bounce up and down), or lie on the huge cushions on the sand.
On some nights there is a market in the “parking lot” before you enter Fisherman’s Village. The locals gathered here to eat, drink, buy clothing, play games, and listen to concerts.
During the day you can enjoy the calm, clean, and deep waters of Bophut beach. A very good beach for swimming, but not so much for sunbathing in the sea an entire day. The dogs own the beach as much as you, but they don’t bother you. Look out for the three-legged dog.
My rating: ♥♥♥♥
…I would prefer to live closer to this area than any other area in Koh Samui. The place is still somewhat authentic, the atmosphere more chilled out than busy Chaweng, and there are lots of restaurants, and some good shops. The beach is just OK, but it works.