Located on the west coast of Koh Samui, Bophut Beach is one of the areas on the island that offers a chic lifestyle with a wide array of boutique accommodations, fine dining outlets, and bustling nightlife options. Bophut is one of the best-preserved places on the island. It used to be a little charming fisherman village that up to the present day, visitors can still see the well-preserved old wooden Chinese shop-house.
Maenam Beach is situated on the North coast of Samui. It has a smooth sand beach, suitable for fun beach activities and crystal clear waters that are great for swimming. This beach is family-friendly, perfect for big families with kids as the shore is relatively shallow. Maenam Beach is around 4 km from Bophut Beach.
Choeng Mon Beach
Located 9 km from Bophut Beach, Choeng Mon is a small pristine bay beautifully fringed with coconut and palm trees. During the low tide, visitors have access to the small nearby island through Choeng Mon Beach.
There are over 100 hotels and resorts in Bophut area. Most of them are boutique-style accommodations. The Bophut Resort and Spa and The Lanna Samui land the first and second top spots, respectively for accommodations that received the best rating from the travelers’ reviews on TripAdvisor. Aside from these boutique-type accommodations, there is undoubtedly numerous and different type of accommodations that will certainly suit each person’s lifestyle and budget in the Bophut area.
Vacation Rentals & Villas
Even with the presence of a plethora of accommodation options, Bophut also boasts some of the most prestigious and highly-frequented luxury villa rentals. Most of them are located though on the hillside areas. Three gorgeous villas are found in the most luxurious estate project in the island called the Panacea Estate. These three villas are Villa Atulya, Villa Avasara, and Villa Kalya. For those who want to experience beachfront haven, Villa M could very well be the choice as it sits right on Bophut Beach with unrestricted access to everything in the area.
Day Attractions & Activities
Bophut is a haven for couples and family vacationers because it has all kinds of attractions that everyone can enjoy. There are places like Aquapark Bophut, Samui Crocodile Farm, Monkey Show or even a golf club. For those who come with their kids, Fairways Samui is the best place to spend some quality time.
Bophut is the shopping district of Samui. It has both street shopping such as the famous Fisherman’s Walking Street on Fridays and the air-conditioned shopping malls like The Wharf with endless options for shopping and dining. There are numerous restaurants and even food court to choose from.
This area is also the capital city of boutique shops where one can find quality local handmade products, or garments such as the famous fisherman pants, gemstone jewelry and a lot more.
As mentioned before, Bophut has plenty of fine dining options, and most of them are high-end restaurants that offer authentic Thai dishes, Western favorites, and fresh seafood. The most recommended one according to TripAdvisor is Chez Francois and Pepenero Koh Samui. These two eating outlets rank first and second, respectively, in Bophut area.
During the Sunday night market, Bophut has more than enough food and drink stalls open satisfying the food cravings and thirst of the visitors who are out there scoring their great bargains.
While Bophut might not have as many as pubs as in Chaweng but the area has plenty of nightlife action for night wanderers to enjoy. The most famous and frequented pubs and bars are by the beach, and in a totally open air setting with the black sky and the glowing stars serving as the ceiling.
Cha Cha Moon Beach Club and Sound Club Samui are two of the most interesting nightlife spots in Bophut. The first one offers romantic beach view while the second provides the stylish and elegant setting for its guests.