Aerial video of Bophut Beach and resorts, Koh Samui shot in November 2016 by John Everingham.

Three parts of Bophut; Fisherman’s Village, East & West beach zones

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Bophut Beach offers a pleasant mix of good swimming beach, upmarket resorts and nighttime fun at Fisherman' Village

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Bophut is emerging as one of Samui's favourite beaches – despite that some of the beach compares poorly with many others in Samui. Bophut has become desirable due its many lifestyle offerings, and excellent location. At the western side where most of the resorts are found, however, the beach is comparatively good.
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Location is a major asset here, for it is close to the many attractions of Chaweng, close to the airport, and also on the main road to the west coast, Nathon town, and the ferry terminals. However it is the new lifestyle centre emerging in Bophut's own Fisherman's Village that is becoming the biggest draw. Here we find the tightest concentration and best variety of restaurants and beach bars on the island, along with a walking street, night market and a wide variety of shops and services. And Fisherman's Village is rather quaint. With a couple of bars offering music or minor entertainment in the high season, visitors can easily ’make a night of it’ here. Visitors now come from all parts of the island to spend an evening, or couple of hours, in Fisherman’s Village.
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Fisherman's Village is the original fishing community of Bophut – once mostly old wooden row houses – which, following a 20-year process of morphing into concrete, one season at a time, has become a fully-fledged tourist community. But it remains quite an atmospheric and unpretentious tourism centre. The township lies either side of the community's original boat jetty, in the area between our Bophut East and West maps.
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Bophut East as shown in our beach map displays the eastern outskirts of the village with a scattering of little accommodations that are more town hotels than beach resorts. A couple of them have attributes of both town and beach resort. However, the sand and water here is not particularly good, so this is really accommodation for those who want to be part of the village scene.
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Bophut West is very different. Here is an attractive beach one-and-a-half kilometres long, with a string of beachfront establishments ranging from 5-star, international-standard resorts to a few straggling leftovers from the backpacker era still offering cheap bungalows. These latter, however, are disappearing as redevelopment transforms Bophut into a distinctly up-market beach with rather attractive, low-rise resorts. See our Bophut West info page for a more detailed look at the beach and the resorts it offers.
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Top accommodations on Bophut Beach – all on the west side

Accommodation on Bophut ranges from cheap bungalows to 5-star luxury pool villas to small urban hotels. We have identified the top seven resorts on this beach, two being 5-star and the others 4-star, and present a brief overview of all six on the same page for quick comparisons. Each resort also has a full description and photo gallery herein.
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These resorts include Anantara Koh Samui Resort, Bo Phut Resort, Samui Palm Beach, Peace Resort, Zazen Boutique Resort, Dhevatara Villas and Bandara Resort.
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Aside from having a better beach to the west of the village, these resorts benefit from being within walking distance of one of Samui’s top lifestyle zones with some of the most atmospheric restaurants, bars, nightlife and shopping on the island.
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Bophut Beach East; quiet, low key, well suited to business travellers

Bophut East as defined in our maps is the 1 kilometre of sand running from the middle of the village to the very end of the beach. The first 200 metres is right within the village, and here we find a few accommodations, generally small waterfront, town hotels. The final 700 metres of beach further east is quite separate, cut off by a sandy point and without accommodation. Here the road runs right along the water, leaving only enough space for restaurants.
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The small hotels on the east side of Bophut are ideal for those who want to stay in, or very close to Bophut Village. As our map shows, this part of the village is entirely urban. But the east side is the quiet portion of the community, with little passing traffic, and the area might be called 'quaint'. It gives immediate access to the many lifestyle advantages of Bophut's ever-developing Fisherman's Village and its night markets. Anyone in Samui for business reasons would find this an excellent location to work from – it gives road access to three parts of the island, the restaurants and bars are just one minute walk away, and there is a little beach for those more concerned about other things. The standard and price of hotels here is also comparatively good.
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Only one place hereThe Waterfront Boutique Hotel – has enough open space for lawns, garden, pool and a real beachfront where guests can relax – the requisites for real resort status. Its two neighbours, B1 Villa and Baan Bophut Beach Hotel both have small pools and gardens, and might be called mini resorts. These would also make excellent business hotels.
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Bophut Beach basics –sand, water, shade change from east to west

East – West compared: Virtually all of Bophut’s classic beach resorts are found along the western beach zone for the simple reason that the beach is much better there, with wider sand, deeper water and much better swimming conditions. In the village area the sand is very narrow, disappearing completely at high tide. In front of the small urban hotels to the east it again grows wide and high enough to survive the high tides, and is more attractive – but not as nice as the west end of the beach.
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The central and eastern zones are thus not well suited to those on a dedicated beach holiday in need of the a classic tropical beach environment with soft sand and clear water. This is a semi-urban area for those who want to be part of the village and its lifestyle, or, as suggested, for anyone here on business.
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Sand; While none of Bophut’s sand is as fine and soft as that on many other beaches, this will not worry most guests.
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Water; it is reasonably clear along this beach, with a distinct greenish tinge. Most of the western end has good swimming depths, though at the eastern end there is an offshore reef that creates sand build-up and shallow water.
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Shade is sometimes a problem on Bophut, where many of the original big beach trees have been removed by developers building walls in front of their resorts. What few trees are found along the waterfront really do help make those sections pleasant.
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Strange tides affect all of Koh Samui and can have a significant impact on a beach holiday here for those who expect to swim in the ocean. Instead of the normal four tides every 25 hours, Samui sees only two. Thus high tide can last all day, and low tide likewise. Each year the prime months from January through April see low tide run all through the day, meaning that on the many beaches with shallow water swimming is simply not an option. To understand why this strange phenomenon happens, see The strange Tide of The Gulf of Thailand.
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Restaurants & bars in Bophut's Fisherman's Village

Bophut's fisherman's Village is emerging as one of Samui's top lifestyle attractions, drawing visitors from all over the island. They come in the evening to dine and drink, to stroll down the walking street, peruse the night market and do some shopping.
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The number and variety of restaurants and bars is unsurpassed in one small zone of Samui. While Chaweng has far more in total, those are spread down two kilometres of beach road. Here one can walk the length of the village in ten minutes, passing a wide variety of offerings of food, drink and sometimes entertainment. Several venues run by foreign nationals are evidence by their names; Billabong Surf Club, The Frog & Gecko Pub and more.
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We show many more photos of the restaurants and bars here on a separate page at Bophut's nightlife; bars & restaurants in Fisherman's Village, while there are some photos of the walking street and night market in the following topic.
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A huge new lifestyle centre opened in 2016 on the western edge of the village called The Wharf. This open-air plaza offers dozens of shops, restaurants and an innovative beach bar overlooking the water. While some shops are open by day, this centre really comes alive after dark.
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To the back of The Wharf an evening vendor market opened three days a week in 2016. Lots of local foods are available here, along with souvenirs of all kinds. Judging by its popularity with both locals and tourists, it could be expected that this will open more frequently in future.
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Down on the beach itself entrepreneurial locals place big cushions and low tables with candles right on the sand each evening, creating a genuine and relaxing on-the-beach bar.
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...and that evening “walking street & night market”

In a country where night markets and walking streets are common, Bophut's Fisherman's Village manages to stand out as one of the more interesting ones. It is quite small, running about 200 metres along the beach, but that stretch is packed with restaurants, bars, shops and, at night, street stalls. The offerings are diverse, and forever changing. There is always some young Thai with a new idea, convinced he/she might have discovered the new item that every foreign tourist will want.
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Needless to say, the market is driven by tourism, so the products on sale here include all of the standard souvenirs and junk one sees at every tourism hotspot. However, the creative spark that sets Bophut apart attracts imaginative young Thai artists, fashion designers and entrepreneurs whose creativity adds some pleasant surprises to the evenings’ offerings.
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Some of the standard, fake designer accessories will also be found, along with pirated movies and software. Despite the proliferation of pirated or fake goods, it is illegal to sell them in Thailand – so dealers sometimes keep only empty boxes on display, phoning out to have the real thing delivered only when a sale takes place.
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by John Everingham