As you can see from the arial view of Bophut opposite, Bophut beach is divided into two sections. As you enter Bophut from the main circular road of Koh Samui you enter Fisherman's Village. Straight ahead is Bophut pier with regular boats to the neighboring island of Koh Phangan. The tall black building next to the pier is an elegant restaurant appropriately called 'The Pier'.
From the pier there is a road running parallel to the beach. Along this road is a collection of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs many of which retain their original Chinese wooden architecture. Many of the bars have great views overlooking the beach. The road stops half way along the beach and turns inland. It is easiest to step down onto the beach and to carry on walking. Among the tree cover there is a line of resorts that all back onto the beach.
Accomodation in Bophut
There is accommodation in Fisherman's Village as well as along Bophut beach. Generally the cheaper accommodation are in the town not on the the beach side of the road but ojn the other side. In Fisherman's Village there is Samui Ley which consists of 5 renovated fisherman's houses in the traditional wooden style of the area.
Most of the best accommodation is along the beach at the far end of Bophut Beach.The three sand ouit places to stay in Bophut are Bophut Resort and Spa (private pool villas and Jacuzzi villas), Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa (featuring a boutique atmosphere and bold splashes of Mediterranean color) and Anantara Bophut Resort and Spa (large gardens and stylish communal areas). The accommodation and the atmospehre of Bophut make it the boutique heart of Koh Samui.
Nightlife in Bophut
Nightlife in Bophut is centered around the area between the pier and the end of the road. This area has a number of bars all with a laid back and friendly atmosphere. The rowdies are all indulging in the illicit pleasures of Chaweng and Lamai. There are no go-go bars here. Bophut is great for those who like nightlife without having to witness human nature at its most obvious. There's the Emerald Irish Pub, The Crow's Nest and The Pub all offering draft English and Irish beers and serving all-day English breakfasts. There's an Aussie sports bar, the Billabong Surf Club, and the The Frog and Gecko serving Indian curries. On the beach is Gecko Village that puts on party nights featuring house music. They also do warm-up parties before the Full Moon Party with a private speed boat to take those up for it to the Full Moon Party on Haad Rin beach in Koh Phangan.
Stylish eating venues include The Pier (seafood), Sirocco (cocktails and snacks), Karma Sutra (Thai and Western) and La Sirene (Thai-French). There are also cheaper places to eat the other side of the pier.
Getting to Bophut & Getting Around
Bophut is about a 15 minute taxi ride from Koh Samui Airport. It costs about 500 Thai Baht. You can attempt to haggle with the taxi drivers (they normally are not interested in negotiation) or book a taxi at the airport. There is a mini bus from the airport that will take you to Bophut for about 120 THB per person. Generally pick ups organized by a resort are the most expensive option.
There are less facilities at Bophut than in Chaweng or Lamai. You can easily get to either of these places or the main town of Nathon by hailing a songthaew from the entrance of Fisherman's Village. The alternative is to rent a bike (250 THB a day) or a jeep (1,000 THB a day) to get around.
You can catch ferries from Bophut pier to Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.