Koh Samui, Thailand

Beaches

 
 

Bophut Beach

Bophut is a beach village located on the northern coast of Ko Samui. Confusingly, Bophut is also a large administrative and postal district of Amphong, even encompassing Chaweng. Therefore a Bophut address is no guarantee that it is located in or around the village. Bophut is one of the few places on Samui that retains some of the island's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. It has recently been experiencing a boom in new hotels and guesthouses sprouting up at a frantic pace. 
 
 
 
 
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The traditional core of Bophut, known as the Fisherman's Village, is a charming village on the east side of the beach while the new developments are to the west. In contrast to Chaweng there has been a conscious effort to dissuade the more commercial elements of Thai night life from setting up shop and instead aiming for couples and young families.

Bophut Beach by Philweavr

The beach road retains much of its charm although the new construction took a bit away. Old Chinese shop-houses crowd the narrow street many with sympathetic conversions to modern use as restaurants and caf├ęs and small trendy shops. The beach itself encompasses some 2 km of white sandy shoreline fringed by coconut palms and the calm waters of the bay make this a popular spot for playing or relaxing, rather than swimming, because the water here is often murky, especially around December.

 Night market at Bophut Beach

Activities on Bophut are pretty much limited to the beach, which is quite narrow and drops off rapidly. Jet ski hire operators are located (mercifully) at the western end of the Fisherman's Village. A Go-kart track can be found on the main road adjacent to the village. Bophut is famed for its sunsets, fine restaurants, numerous pubs but complete absence of girly bars. Thai massage, manicure, and pedicure treatments are popular bargains for visitors of both sexes. 

 
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