Destination review – Bophut, Koh Samui

#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.

Bophut beach
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.

The Original Fisherman's Village in Bophut Samui

The Original Fisherman’s Village in Bophut Samui

Cat in Bophut Koh Samui

Sleepy cat

Bophut beach Koh Samui

Thomas has a new friend

Tree legged dog Bophut Koh Samui

Three legged dog

Beach wedding Bophut Koh Samui

I wouldn’t want this, but a lot of people get married here

More drinks Bophut Samui

Not as good as it looked :s

The Pier cocktail Bophut Koh Samui

Good drink and great view

Drinks at Smile House in Bophut Samui

I do other things than drink while on vacation…, but the drinks are very photogenic

Bophut Koh Samui

Bophut in Koh Samui

Banana pancakes in Bophut Koh Samui

The banana pancakes are 5*

Cat at the pier in Bophut Koh Samui

Cat outside the travel agent office

Green Curry in Bophut Koh Samui

Green Curry in Bophut Koh Samui

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.

4 comments on “Destination review – Bophut, Koh Samui

  1. vmvasquez Thursday March 22nd, 2012 04:45 AM

    I was there in 2006. Truly magical place :)

    • annie Thursday March 22nd, 2012 08:38 PM

      Agreed. I’m glad we lived close by. The pier was a great place to just sit and take in the views :-)

  2. Thomas Sunday July 15th, 2012 10:51 PM

    Is that a 3 legged dog I see?

  3. Tourism Thailand Friday July 27th, 2012 05:27 PM

    I’m Thai , I confirm it’s magic and beautiful place you should go.

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