Nestled on the northern tip of the enchanting Koh Samui island and within a short distance from Koh Samui’s international airport, Bophut Beach beckons travellers with its alluring soft white sand and crystal-clear blue waters. Located between the Big Buddha Temple and adjacent Maenam Beach, this beach is part of the Bophut Village and still retains its original atmosphere, bringing travellers back to the days of old.
In this article, we uncover some of the best things to see and do around Bophut Beach that promise a well-rounded experience for your Koh Samui vacation:
Explore the quaint Fisherman’s Village:
Bophut Beach’s appeal is further heightened by its proximity to the enchanting Fisherman’s Village. With its charming rows of old wooden shophouses which have been converted into restaurants, bars and boutiques and contrast nicely with the more modern buildings there, the village also appeals to families with children. For those looking for a lively shopping affair, the village hosts a vibrant night market on Friday evenings, where you can find unique and authentic merchandise on display, ranging from handbags and artistic products, to barbecue skewers.
Visiting the Big Buddha Temple
Also known as Wat Phra Yai, the Big Buddha temple towers over Koh Samui’s northeastern corner with the allure of its golden 12-meter-tall Buddha statue, representing steadfastness, purity, and enlightenment. Visiting the temple provides a glimpse into daily religious rituals, with Buddhist devotees making offerings and lighting incense. The temple’s elevated platform offers stunning beach and sea views, creating an ideal setting to bask in Koh Samui’s beauty. With cultural festivals and vibrant markets nearby, the Big Buddha Temple stands as a spiritual gem, inviting curious travellers to embrace its serene ambience and cultural significance.
Indulge in a spa relaxation
There’s nothing better to do on vacation than to pamper yourself with a spa treatment. Choose between Cyan Spa, one of the most prominent beachfront spas in Bophut that is housed in a traditional Thai-style building and offers an impressive choice of treatments, massages, pedicures and manicures, and Sakura Spa, located in a beautifully decorated traditional shophouse in Fisherman’s Village that offers a great range of skillfully performed massages and facial and body treatments. Your body is sure to thank you for a decadent treat that will surely invigorate your senses.
Dance into the night at Coco Tam’s
Representing the epitome of tropical relaxation, Coco Tam’s is a great after-dinner spot for those looking for Bophut nightlife – with beach beanbags, swing seats, and cozy cabanas, it offers the perfect spot to unwind. The open-air setup, complemented by palm trees and chillout tunes, creates a laid-back beach vibe. Savour over two dozen drinks served in charming jar-like glasses, including the renowned Dark Passion. On Fridays, the bar comes alive, attracting locals and tourists of all ages, fostering an enjoyable atmosphere. Don’t be surprised to find middle-aged travellers engaging in lively beer pong matches on the provided table – all these making Coco Tam’s a must-visit spot on Bophut Beach.
Where to Stay
Bophut Beach has no shortage of gorgeous accommodations to stay at. Discover the serene four-bedroom Villa Mullion Cove, offering respite away from crowds yet close to the sea. Perched on a hilltop with picturesque views of Bophut Bay and Koh Phangan, this recently refurbished two-storey villa provides 750 sqm of space. The villa centres around an 11.6m pool, open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area, while air-conditioned double bedrooms with private balconies and luxurious ensuite bathrooms offer unparalleled comfort. Enjoy the fully-fitted modern kitchen’s breakfast bar or an al fresco barbecue by the poolside sala.
The Baan Leelawadee is a beachfront property that’s steps away from pristine white sands, where you can enjoy views of the bay, Big Buddha, and Koh Phangan. This villa, part of the award-winning Dhevatara Residence estate, boasts quality finishes, eclectic furnishings, and attentive staff. Relax in the open-plan living space, take a dip in the blue-tiled infinity pool, or soak in the sun’s rays on the terrace’s loungers. Daily breakfast, private chef, villa manager, concierge, and airport transfers ensure a worry-free vacation.
Nestled in Bophut hills, Ban Kinaree is a 5-bedroom villa that offers stunning sunrise and sunset views, complemented by a calming sea breeze. Traditional Thai architecture meets modern tropical design here with wooden ceilings and elegant decor in this stunning villa, accompanied by spacious sleeping quarters and grand bathrooms with outdoor showers that ensure privacy and comfort. The 20m terrace makes the space a great place for entertaining, while the 19.5m infinity pool overlooks Fisherman Village and the bay. Enjoy al fresco dining with outdoor BBQ facilities amidst the lush landscaped garden.