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Bophut

Bophut- Koh Samui- Thailand

Bophut- Koh Samui- Thailand

The area of Bophut is located in the north of the island between Big Buddha and Maenam and is considered a popular place to stay or visit as it is a good compromise between the hustle and bustle of the larger towns on the east coast and the more tranquil setting of the south and west coasts. Our beautiful Bophut villas have stunning views over Bophut Bay, Koh Samui.

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General Information

Bophut Highlights

The area of Bophut is located in the north of the island between Big Buddha and Maenam and is considered a popular place to stay or visit as a good compromise between the hustle and bustle of the larger towns on the east coast and the more tranquil setting of the south and west coasts.

Although Bophut extends over a large area that is mostly residential with local shops, it mainly focuses on The ‘Old Fisherman’s’ Village' of Bophut. It is one of the first places where fishermen from Chinese descent landed in their discovery of the island of Koh Samui.

Although there is evidence of a Chinese influence here, there is also a French ‘twist’ as at one time it was one of the last French outposts.

Wooden shop house establishments stretch along about 1km of the main street that borders the beach and sell anything and everything for the locals. Many of these quaint places have been passed on down through generations and have been preserved. Others have been sympathetically restored and converted into boutiques, tourist shops, elegant restaurants, open side ‘people watching’ coffee houses, yoga studios, art displays, sports bars, and English style pubs with live music all creating a very eclectic atmosphere.

In December 2014 a new shopping plaza was opened at one end of Fisherman's village with access from the main Samui ring road and extends right through to the beach with a much needed large car park.

"The Wharf" is a lovely place to walk around with an abundance of quality boutique shops selling fashions, interior decor, jewelry, accessories, handbags etc as well as a food court, the Barracuda restaurant, the Wharf Bar and right in the centre is the Dusita Spa. Event stages are also located throughout the complex as with various seating and water features.

The hills above the village also offer luxury villa accommodation with amazing views many of which are fully staffed and provide a real getaway hideaway to relax, be pampered and enjoy the amazing ocean views.

A 9 hole golf course is also located in the hills above the village together with stunning views of the ocean and the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.

Beach

Bophut Beach
With the Old Fisherman's village taking up 1km of the oceanfront, the remaining 2km of beach that extends to the west of the village has recently been developed with luxury hotels and villa resorts. It is at this west end of the beach that we are able to offer a few select Koh Samui luxury beachfront and ocean view villas with private pools. The area provides amazing views of the neighbouring island of Koh Phangan.

The sand on the beach is grittier than the soft white sand of other popular beaches, however it does offer a safe environment for children to play in due to the calm waters of the bay. At the far west end the water is particularly shallow and is quite rocky and therefore not suitable for swimming.

Spa and Wellness

Most of the up market hotels at the west end of Bophut beach offer Spa and Wellbeing services.

The Anantara hotel
A beautiful spa and for an upmarket experience being completely pampered before, during and after the treatment. Be prepared for the quite pricey bill at the end.
(http://samui.anantara.com/spas.aspx)

Zazen
Is located right at the west end of the beach and the spa is set in tropical gardens.
(http://www.samuizazen.com/le-spa-zen.html)

Peace Tropical Spa
One of the original Spa's established in Bophut and is located on a smart bungalow resort along the beach and offers good value
(http://www.peacetropicalspa.com)

The Yogarden
Located in a street that runs parallel with the main street of Fisherman's village and is a beautiful experience from when you arrive to when you leave. Set back beyond a tropical garden the bohemian décor and laid back atmosphere hit you immediately as you enter. It's colourful with hanging lanterns, funky furniture and squashy floor cushions.
The actual yoga platform is a shady sala in the garden offering different yoga styles and pilates classes, after which you can enjoy a healthy snack/smoothie/lunch and chat to like minded fellow participants in the café.
(http://www.theyogardensamui.com)

OUR VILLAS IN BOPHUT

Browse our selection of villas in Bophut. Choose your location. Would you prefer the tranquil and peaceful Bophut hillside or being just a few minutes from the bustling Fisherman's village?

Bophut Beaches

Bophut Beach

North - Located between Big Buddha and Maenam beaches and occupied mostly by the Fisherman's Village, Hotels and Resorts. The sand is grittier than some of the other Koh Samui beaches with the central area being best for swimming being rocky and muddy either end.

There are many things to do in Bophut, from shopping in the bustling Fisherman's village to watersports, go karting and golf.

Watersports
A few resorts offer water sport activities to their guests, such as windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing and scuba diving. There are also a few jet skis on the beach, but the hoteliers and locals try to restrict their number as we are all trying to keep Bophut beach nice and calm.

Scuba Diving
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.

Aquapark
In late 2013 this new Aquapark opened in Bophut Bay providing fun for everyone. All participants are provided with life jackets which are mandatory.

Go Karts
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
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.

Golf
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.

Shopping
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.

The recently opened shopping plaza The Wharf is a different and great shopping experience in a beautiful environment with boutiques shops selling something for everyone and relaxation and entertainment throughout.

Watersports and Sea Tours

Water ski

The busier beaches of Chaweng and Lamai will have speed boats offering the traditional water ski trips and lessons and some will also offer wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat rides.

Windsurf and Paddleboard

Windsurfing and Paddleboard rental is available on Lamai beach as well as lessons for both kiddies and adults. Maenam beach also a windsurfing facility as well as other sail boats.

Kayaking

Kayaks can be hired on most of the beaches around Koh Samui either through hotels or concessions for paddling around locally.

Sea Walking

An ideal family activity as up to 6 people can walk the seabed in 10ft of clear water at the same time from up to 30minutes. No experience of diving or even swimming required.

Diving and Snorkelling

Koh Samui does not have much in the way of coral and therefore very little marine life. Many dive companies operate diving and snorkeling trips to other dive sites as well as PADI dive courses.

Deep Sea Fishing Trips

The waters surrounding Koh Samui are teaming with fish and there are many day or night-time game fishing tours available, catering for beginners and experts with all equipment provided.

Sight Seeing Boat Trips

One of the most popular is to the stunning islands of the Angthong National Marine Park Optional snorkelling and kayaking is usually available with equipment provided and lunch. A private speedboat trip around Koh Samui's coast exploring secret beaches is another option.

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is availabel on Koh Samui at two locations at different times of the year on the south and west coasts when the water is shallow and has ideal conditons

Cocosplash

An adventrure playground for  great day out for the family with fun for kids of all ages and the adults! Swimming pools, waterslides, boating, bungee trapeezing, mini go karts, mini golf course, tree to tree rope bridge course (2 levels), inflatable bouncey castle.

Sailing Charters

A great way to see the coastline of Koh Samui for a few hours or have an overnight stay visiting other islands is to charter a sailing boat. Different size boats all for a romantic sunset cruise for two or to have fun with a large group of family or friends.

Other Activities

Namuang Safari Park

Tours include 20min ATV Quad bikes fun , elephant trekking and show and a cable ride which includes one ride for 6 - 11yearolds.

Go Karts

There are three Go Kart tracks now on Koh Samui and provides a fun time for all the family. There are both single and double karts should you wish to drive wth younger kids.

Football Golf

Get family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying this fun game of kicking the football into 18 holes on a tropical course with a cold drink provided.

Muay Thai Boxing

The national sport of Thailand with venues to spectate or partake in professional Muay Thai are found in Chaweng and Lamai.

Golf

There is a PGA International championship 18 hole par 72 golf course and two 9 hole courses all with stunning views. There are also two driving ranges.

Temple Visits

There are many temples in and around Koh Samui representing the history and the different cultures of the Thai residents all well worth a visit some of which have amazing views.

Shopping

There is ample souvenir and fashion shopping in the popular coastal towns with Koh Samui’s biggest shopping "mall" Central Festival located right in the centre of Chaweng. There are also the "Walking Street" markets in different places every night of the week

Walking Street Markets

There is a "walking Street" market in one of the towns and villages on everyday of the week - the most popular being the "Od Fisheman's Village" at Bophut which takes place on a Friday night from around 4pm until 10 - 11pm.

4 W/D Jeep Jungle Tour and Waterfall

Enjoy an exhilarating trip on the back of a jeep through Koh Samui's jungle and across rivers reaching the highest point on the island experiencing amazing view.

Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling

There is just one cinema at the present time located at the Tesco Lotus Supermarket and shopping mall alongside a small bowling alley. Another bowling alley is located in the centre of Chaweng.

Thai Cookery School

SITCA is the original Thai cookery school on Koh Samui based in Chaweng and has both morning and afternoon sessions to learn all about the ingredients and preparation. The manager of your luxury Koh Samui villa will be able to assist with recommending other cookery schools nearby.

Restaurants

Eating out in Bophut

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.

StarFish and Coffee’
For that romantic dinner for two, the deep red hues décor and ambient chill music restaurant fits the occasion perfectly

Karma Sutra
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.

Zazen
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

Nightlife

Nightlife in Bophut

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.

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