There are many great destinations in Koh Samui and probably one we would suggest for a first timer or families is Bophut. Home to the famous Fisherman’s Village, this part of the island really has something for everyone. It offers numerous attractions, a taste of local culture, a wholesome beach scene, and a laid back, easy going vibe. Just 15 minutes away from the airport, it is easy to get to and is worth the trip. Whether you are the adventurous type, a shopaholic, or are simply looking for a place where your kids won’t be bored, then Bophut is for you. Here are some attractions you can explore on your holiday.
Island Shopping at the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Many say that this particular walking street is the most popular shopping scene on the island and we think so too. This is a weekly event and is something you should definitely look forward to if you are interested in local merchandise. Every Friday from 5 pm to 11 pm, the usually quiet street becomes alive as many stalls are set up where vendors sell various goods at reasonable prices. Because the area is off limits to cars, you can freely roam around and stall hop as much you like.
The variety of items being sold at the Bophut Walking Street makes it a hit among locals and tourists alike. Here you can buy beautifully made handicrafts, a number of Thai musical instruments, ready made seasonings, clothes, Thai silk products, and contemporary fashion items. There are also affordable accessories for men and women, shoes, and of course, good street food at cheap prices.
If you are on a tight budget or you simply want to get to know Samui food better, the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street is a must stop. There are skewers,spring rolls, rice cakes, desserts, fritters, and many many more. You can eat your body weight and not spend a lot of money. We highly recommend the banana pancakes. They taste so good, they can easily be anyone’s favorite.
Aside from shopping, folks also gather here for some live entertainment. Dance numbers, Muay Thai demos, and beatbox show downs are pretty common.
For bonding with friends and family over sports: Samui Football Golf
If you and your friends are looking for something fun and outdoorsy you may want to try Football Golf. This is a hybrid sport and combines principles of yes you guessed it right: golf and football. The ball involved is a football and you kick it so it lands in the holes that are spread all throughout the course. What makes this special is that every hole is unique so it never gets boring and it encourages quick thinking as some form of adaptive strategy. Plus, the course itself is very relaxing.
Football Golf is actually a fun sport and is something anyone can enjoy. Also, it started in Thailand so it is definitely a must try. You can find this at the Beach Road and is open everyday from 10am to 6pm.
Fun at Bophut Beach
For the ultimate Koh Samui experience, you can spend the most of your holiday at the beach. Bophut Beach is a popular stop among families—both locals and tourists alike, and is a good choice if you don’t have a particular itinerary for the day. You can lay back on the sand, swim, or try a watersport you haven’t done before. If you want to just relax while sipping cocktails and nothing else, that’s okay too. The latte colored sand is so beautiful and the long stretch of water and the mountains not so far away set the mood for a fun lazy day. The beach has plenty of dining places and small shops so if you are interested in going for a local food trip or perhaps want to purchase some souvenirs, schedule a trip here.
Lazy Day at The Wharf Samui
If you want to explore, people watch, or chill in a nice place with no specific goal in mind, you can take the whole gang to The Wharf Samui. This lifestyle complex is a home to a number of local shops and restaurants and is a good stop if you just want to escape the heat and wander aimlessly while enjoying the laid-back Koh Samui lifestyle. The beachfront setting is very relaxing. Here you can take tons of pictures, the children can play, and get to experience some of Bophut’s notable restaurants. The plaza also has a food court where you can find a wide variety of snacks at an affordable price.
At The Wharf, you can visit some novelty stores where you can buy unique souvenirs and gifts. There are also plenty of clothing stores and a number tech boutiques where you can find bits and pieces for your mobile gadgets.
Hearty meal at Cafe 69
Bophut is very popular among foodies because of its wide selection of impressive dining places that are not necessarily fine dining but serve delicious high quality meals. A good restaurant to try in Bophut is Cafe 69. This is highly rated in terms of the taste of the food, the value for money, and the restaurant ambience. They have a good mix of standard Thai staples as well as interesting contemporary dishes with Western influences. Among the most controversial items on their menu is the Black Ink Spaghetti with Larb Salmon. This is unique,very tasty, and a prospective favorite. Another crowd favorite is the curry pie. This is very comforting and is a nice twist to curry dishes. Also, don’t forget to order their duck dumplings. These are so good, it is a crime to go to Cafe 69 and not try them.
Address: 157/52 Bophut Avenue Apartment, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Know more about Thai cooking at InFusion
If you are a fan of Thai food, you can try a local cooking lesson. At InFusion in Bophut, you will become familiar with Thai cooking essentials and acquire the knowledge and techniques needed to cook your favorite Thai food. Stephanie is an effective instructor and an inspiring chef that will get you hooked in Thai cooking. With her you will learn how to create curry dishes, fresh spring rolls, pad Thai, mango sticky rice, pineapple fried rice, and many more.
InFusion Cooking Classes Koh Samui
Address: 149 Moo1, Cabana House, Bophut, Koh Samui, Thailand