Bophut is an area increasingly known for The Fisherman's Vilage - a Koh Samui top tourist spot offering chill out place to dine, have cocktails, drink coffee & people watch.
Shops which have been converted from authentic old chinese houses line the street amongst the restaurants and bars and sell some quality fashion items and unique jewelry.
Fisherman's Village is famous for it's "walking street night market" on a Friday when the streets of the village and more are lined wih stalls selling everything and anything from street food, clothing and souvenirs.
At night you can dine on the sand in beautiful settings and during the day the beach offers a host of watersports to enjoy.
Holiday villas in or near the Bophut location are in high demand and although the beach is mostly lined with hotels our portfolio of private villas do include 8 villas located on a secure beachside resort at the west end of the beach. 5 of the villas are absolute beachfront and can be viewed in our Luxury Villas in Koh Samui collection.. The remainng 3 villas are one row behind and have an ocean view and featured in our All Sea View Villas in Koh Samui collection.
The majority of our Bophut villas however are nestled on the exclusive hillside above the beach and all have stunning views and represent two levels of service in our Luxury Villas in Koh Samui collection and our Sea View Villas in Koh Samui collection
The village is where the majority of the bars and restaurants are located and they line both sides of the street in between the quaint shop houses. The dining scene is as eclectic as it can be, with a bohemian touch blending with both traditional and contemporary styled venues.
The Shack Bar and Grill
This restaurant is a popular favourite with both tourists and residents as it is one of the original eating venues to set up in Bophut. The Shack is not located on the ocean side of the street, but the reputation encourages you to go straight for it serving what is considered the best steaks on the island. It has booth seating, so you can watch the chefs at work and listen to jazz music over the speakers. It creates a western vibe. www.theshackgrillsamui.com
Although all the restaurants offer both Thai and International cuisine, it is the dining al fresco on a beachside balcony or on the sand itself that is far more picturesque and popular.
The ‘Happy Elephant’
Another popular restaurant and one of the originals and probably the most frequented being in the centre of the village (with parking) and offering ‘choose your own fish’ from the fresh catch of the day displayed outside, together with steaks and other western dishes to complement.
One of our favourites in Fisherman's Village and something different with a decor similar to a French Bistro. The restaurant serves delicious mediterranean food wih a french twist as well as Thai favourites. Beach dining as well as a terrace balcony and inside dining a perfect spot for enjoying breakfast,lunch or dinner and enjoy the amazing ambience and view.
It is hard to miss Karma Sutra which is located on the corner of the junction opposite the pier with it’s colourful décor set in an old chinese shop house. The charming interior has all sorts of funky style wood seating topped up with a haze of purple and pillows. The restaurant serves meals until late (the menu is a newspaper and the food served on a chalk board!) and also has a great range of cocktails. With wifi throughout Karma Sutra is a great place to take the laptop have a coffee or cocktail and just people watch.
There are numerous other restaurants offering Italian, French, Mexican and Indian cuisine as well as a few English style sports bars and chill out chic cocktail bars offering the same amazing views.
Still on the beach but right at the west end Zazen is part of a small hotel resort and would need to be approached from the main road rather than along from the village. With a French chef and first class food, the atmosphere here is one of romance, sophistication and intimacy. Glowing under the light of over 100 candles and the sound of the waves. An added bonus is on certain nights entertainment in the form of Thai Dancers to complete this perfect venue. www.samuizazen.com
Bophut nightlife is relatively low key compared to that of Chaweng and Lamai, the abscence of hostess bars and massage parlours makes this a pleasant place for all the family to enjoy.
There are a number of pubs in the main street of Old Fisherman’s Village, some of which are in a prime location on the beach side and most serve food in addition to just socialising and having a beer with friends enjoying the view.
Emerald Irish Bar
The Emerald Irish Bar is one of these venues in a great location and has live music some nights
Billabong Surf Club
One of the original bars to be established in Bophut in this great location and is a typical Aussie Bar. It also has live music at times.
The Frog and Gecho
A popular place for expats with a weekly quiz night which is popular with tourists too. Has a pool table and large screen TV for Saturday & Sunday football events.
A watersports centre is located on the beach opposite The Wharf in the village and offers parasailing, jetski/jetski safari, water ski, wakeboarding, flyboarding, standup paddle boarding and many more.
Within the village there are a few dive shops that offer trips to other islands for scuba diving. If you want to learn to dive Easy Divers (www.easydivers-samui.net) are a well established dive company and have international management. They are a PADI-Five Star IDC-Centre and offer almost every PADI Dive Course – from Discover Scuba Diving all the way up to the Instructor Development Course
Snorkeling, Kayaking and Fishing Trips
You will find many tour shops within the village offering boat trips to the neighbouring islands to include snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and general sightseeing.
There is a simple Go-Kart Track just outside the village on the main ring road going towards Maenam, it has 3 kinds of Karts available 100cc – 200cc, for use by all the family. Safety is of paramount of importance, the circuit has extensive padding and safety barriers throughout and all the Karts are well regularly maintained and safety helmets (provided) are to be worn at all times.
Walking Street Night Market
One of the top tourist spots of Koh Samui and a ‘must see’ is the "Walking Street" at Fisherman’s village and is lovely way to spend a Friday evening, where you eat drink and shop whilst walking. This is a market which takes place between 4pm and 10pm and involves the main village road being lined on both sides with stalls set up by vendors selling items such as food at amazing prices souvenirs, cocktails at 50-60THB, T shirts, carved soaps, leather wallets etc. The open space by the wharf provides entertainment mostly by children or Thai dancers. To avoid the hustle and bustle of the evening it is best to visit early or later.
A popular 9 hole 27par golf course is located in the hills beyond the beach with championship quality greens and a clubhouse, full bar and restaurant.
There are no modern shopping outlets in the Old Fisherman's village itself and that is part of the charm of the place.
As you stroll down the road towards the pier there are several places selling fake branded T shirts, sarongs, sandals etc, but as you walk along the main street nestled in between the various other stalls the shops are more boutique with better and more exclusive selection of clothes such as Siddharta and The House also selling accessories and jewellery, made in Thailand and imported from Bali, India and Hong Kong.