Bophut Koh Samui is a large and beautiful beach in Koh Samui, spanning over two exquisite locations – here’s a guide to visiting this exquisite area.
The first location is the main beach, which is easily a thirty minute walk in between the Big Buddha Beach to Maenam beaches.
The second is the quiet and charming Fisherman’s Village, perhaps one of the oldest places on the island, and can be found in the middle section of the Bophut beach. Bophut may be home to several large resorts but development here has not encroached into the serene beauty of the landscape. As you walk along the beach you will see a breathtakingly blue ocean, luscious tropical plants and stunning architecture in the Fisherman’s Village.
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The village has acquired a reputation for being an elegant and well-preserved part of the island. It is a beautiful fusion of old wooden Chinese shop-houses interspaced with new. The modern buildings have been carefully and considerately constructed to match the tone and architecture of the long-standing buildings, but also with a distinctive Mediterranean feel to honour the village’s history as the main French outpost on the island. Here you can find boutiques that sell high quality clothes and jewellery, dive shops that offer scuba lessons, elephant rides in the tropical forest, fishing trips on the local boats and much more.
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
This part street party, part farmer’s market event is a colourful and lively way to pass time from Friday afternoon to late evening. Hundreds of stalls sell items such as handcrafted souvenirs, clothing and artwork but a majority of visitors go for the food and beverages.
Cocktails can be bought from between 60 -80 baht, food from several bars, restaurants and vendors can be tasted with very little cost and this can all be done while strolling along the beach. After spending an evening like this, it will be clear why walking streets have become increasingly popular in the last five years.
Samui Crocodile Farm
Located about six kilometres east of the Bophut Fisherman’s Village, the Crocodile farm is a rare opportunity to see these fascinating animals up close.
Thailand is one of the world’s top crocodile producers, so there are a lot of species to see here, including Siamese, caiman and saltwater crocodiles. There are also a variety of monkeys and snakes to be seen.
A highlight is a an act where a trainer uses a crocodile as a chair without any protection at all, and then risks his life by sticking his head in the croc’s open mouth. The braver visitors are also allowed to stroke the crocodiles, but only their tails
Luxury Villas in Bophut
The best Bophut villas are found on Koh Samui’s northeastern coast, a part of the island known for its peaceful resorts, quiet beaches and upscale holiday communities.
Here you’ll be just moments from Plai Laem beach with its pristine white sand and calm waters thanks to a coral reed a little way offshore.
Bophut villa rentals are ideal if you want to relax near shallow waters with only a few boats or jet skis passing by.
Things to Do in Bophut
Things to do in Bophut include snorkeling on the reef, or heading to one of the area’s excellent bars and restaurants.
There are also a number of prestigious spas to be found close by. Bophut villas are set in a tranquil corner of Koh Samui however some of the livelier spots such as Chaweng are just a short distance away.
Take a short drive to Santiburi Samui Golf Club, home to an 18-hole course in a truly breathtaking setting. Or for those in search of adventure why not take a boat trip to the Ang Thong National Marine Park – this archipelago features numerous deserted islands, all waiting to be discovered.
Read our Bophut travel guide for more information.