Bo Phut Beach sits between Mae nam and Big Buddha beaches on Samui’s northern coast. There is a quieter and more laid back feel than the larger Chaweng and Lamai beaches, and it is popular with people who don’t want to be in the thick of Samui’s hedonistic nightlife areas.
Bo Phut itself is also known as Fisherman’s Village and is considered the most traditional and well-preserved place on the island. It is a welcome sight for people who are not so keen on the heavier development on other parts of Samui. The village takes up the middle section of Bo Phut Beach and is lined with traditional Chinese, wooden shop houses. The modern buildings here blend in nicely and certainly don’t spoil the traditional feel of the place.
Bo Phut Beach itself spans about three kilometres and is one of the most idyllic spots on Samui, sporting beautiful white sand dotted with coconut palms. The beach is much quieter than the beaches on the island’s east coast and there are also some great views out to Koh Pha Ngan. Historically, as the nickname suggests, this was a fishing village, and there are still a small number of local fishing boats continuing this traditional lifestyle.
The western end of the beach has seen more development, with a number of five-star resorts under construction. Generally, accommodation at Bo Phut is good and there are some unique places to stay here, offering something a little bit different from normal Samui beach accommodation. One of the largest attractions of Bo Phut is the selection of beachfront restaurants and bars with fantastic views to neighbouring Koh Pha Ngan.
There are no go-go bars at Bo Phut Beach, making it a pleasant area for families and couples. Zazen Resort, at the more secluded western end of the beach, is a great place for serious relaxation, with a spa and some beautiful accommodation. Wander along the beach and you’ll find several resorts where you can stop for lunch; it’s all quite unassuming and much quieter than the east coast beaches.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who want a slightly more active time, with jet-skis, kayaking, yachting, and snorkelling all readily available along the beach. Bo Phut is a great place for people who want to enjoy some of the island’s entertainment, but also some peace and quiet. The sands are as nice as Chaweng, although the water less clear.
The small village itself has a narrow main street which is best explored on foot or by bike, and there is a good range of eateries to be found here. Juzza Pizza is one of the most popular, with a good selection of pizzas and pastas on the Waterfront. Starfish & Coffee is another popular and original place in The Fisherman’s village, offering tasty Thai and international foods.
Every Friday, Fisherman’s village hosts a ‘walking street’, with food, clothes, and jewellery stalls lining the street, along with live music and performances. There are also some higher-end restaurants at Bo Phut Beach, where some of the shop houses on the seafront feature fashionable restaurants. There are some beautiful spots to have dinner overlooking the beach with Koh Pha Ngan in the distance, along with bars and clubs.