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Bophut Beach retains some of Ko Samui's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Bophut is a beach village located on the northern coast of Ko Samui. 

Bophut isn’t in any way as developed as Chaweng but there are still plenty of restaurants, shops and bars.

Bophut is one of the few places on Samui that retains some of the island's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. It has recently experiencing a boom with new hotels and guesthouses sprouting up at a frantic pace. The traditional core of Bophut, known as the Fisherman's Village, is on the east side of the beach while the new developments are to the west. In contrast to Chaweng there has been a conscious effort to dissuade the more commercial elements of Thai nightlife from setting up shop and instead aiming for couples and young families.

Sunrise on Bophut Beach.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

The beach road retains much of its charm although the new construction took a bit away. Old Chinese shop-houses crowd the narrow street many with sympathetic conversions to modern use as restaurants and cafés. The beach itself encompasses some 2km of white sandy shoreline fringed by coconut palms and the calm waters of the bay make this a popular spot for playing or relaxing, rather than swimming, because the water here is often murky, especially around December.

Activities on Bophut are pretty much limited to the beach, which is quite narrow and drops off rapidly. Jet ski hire operators are located (mercifully) at the western end of the Fisherman's Village. A Go-kart track can be found on the main road adjacent to the village. Bophut is famed for its sunsets, fine restaurants, numerous pubs and complete absence of girly bars. Thai Massage, (temporary rejuvenation on the beach or in the village's numerous mini-spas) manicure and pedicure treatments are popular bargain spends for visitors of either sex.

Bophut is just 15 minutes away from the airport by bus or taxi. Many ferries from Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao dock at the small pier in eastern Bophut.

Confusingly, Bophut is also a large administrative and postal district (Amphong) even encompassing Chaweng. Therefore a Bophut address is no guarantee that it is located in or around the village.






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