Bophut Beach on Koh Samui in Thailand is a favorite destination of mine and is one of the best Thai beaches and holiday destinations that you will come across within southeast Asia. This beach has one unique feature in that it is linked to the historical Fisherman's Village market.
The beach itself which is shrouded by shady palm trees is located on the northern coast of Koh Samui and is said to have been a French outpost during imperial times which is an interesting aspect of the island's history.
Today though, this area is popular not only due to its pristine beach which has powder white sand and looks out over clear blue waters, but because this part of Koh Samui has retained some of it's old world charm as evidenced by the retention of several old Chinese styled shop houses.
OLD WORLD CHARM
This charm is nowhere more evident than at the historical Fisherman's village which is located along the east side of Bophut Beach. Here you can sense that the village has retained some of the island's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. Visually this is most evident by rows of old wooden Chinese styled shop-houses which are characteristic of this village.
The village includes a number of quality shops and boutiques which sell souvenirs, clothing, footwear, jewelry, and handbags. There are also a number of excellent bars and restaurants including Villa Bianca and the Happy Elephant that cook Italian, Thai, French, Indian and Australian cuisine.
However, Bophut Beach is also in close proximity to Bophut Plaza, a small shopping precinct located along Bophut's main road. The plaza consists of a number of stalls and shops which sell art, ceramics, clothes, furniture, jewelery including watches and souvenirs. However, there are limited restaurants here so if you are after more choice you can also go to Fisherman's
For those people who enjoy their nightlife Bophut isn't all that lively although it does have a number of bars and pubs to satisfy the more laid back tourists; with most establishments closing around 2 AM. You won't find any girly bars at Bophut as this is a more family friendly destination.
Being located on Koh Samui, Bophut also features a good selection of accommodation options including resorts and Boutique hotels. For people who wish to venture further away than Bophut itself, there is a wharf along the eastern side of the beach where ferries and other boats depart for the islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.
If you are traveling from Bangkok then the best way to get to Koh Samui is by
plane. Koh Samui International Airport which is privately owned by Bangkok
Airways would have to be the most beautiful in southern Thailand. Opened in April 1989, the airport is located along the
northern part of Koh Samui near Bophut.
It is only a 15 minute trip from the airport to Bophut Beach by either taxi or bus.