Fisherman’s Village is a charming little area of Bophut. The busiest tourist attractions in Koh Samui are of course in Chaweng and Lamai beaches; however it would be a mistake to come all this way without making a stop in the Fisherman’s Village of Bophut. The village has really gained in popularity in recent years, especially with western tourists.

Fisherman's Village
Fisherman’s Village

Fisherman’s Village has grown into one of Koh Samui favourite places amongst its visitors. Sat slap bang in the middle of Bophut Beach, Mae Nam Beach lies to the west and Big Buddha beach to the east. Find route 4171 and after some traffic lights you will come to a large arch saying ‘Welcome to Fisherman’s Village,’ giving it away that you have arrived.

There is a small French expat community here and many of the bars and restaurants and guesthouses give rather a frenchy feel to the place. Also here, you will find many old Chinese buildings too, which have been well preserved and looked after.

Bophut is a little pricier than other parts of the island and the hotels, bars and restaurants are more expensive. So if you are backpacking, it might be best to avoid this area as it can be taxing on the budget.

If you are not put off by the prices or want to find something more to your taste and budget, on a Friday evening there is a night market along walking street. The road is closed to all traffic and market stalls and vendors alike line the street selling their stuff.

You can sample all the Thai food that you may not have seen before, there are stalls selling deep fried insects, squid on a stick and all manner of seafood barbequed, noodle soup, curries and other rice dishes, and of course buffalo

Fisherman's Village
Fisherman’s Village

ears, OK, maybe I made that last one up, but the food here is simply superb. There are also European food stalls too

The shopping here is great too, you can get all your Thai souvenirs for family and friends back home, and all at very reasonable rates. In fact, don’t forget to bring your bargaining head with you, as the local market stall vendors like a price battle.

They will generally start quite high and it is your job to beat them down. All good fun, just a few simple rules: always keep a smile on your face and don’t raise your voice too loud, and you will pick up some great bargains.

The nightlife here is fantastic, with many different bars like the laid back chilling out places such as the Rasta bar next to Spanish tapas bars and other old fashioned bars. The restaurants and bars light up the place with their fairy lights, and advertise their menus of seafood on beds of ice outside.

Friday nights, along with the market on walking street, a bit further down town, there is a stage which is built and here you can find local musicians performing. There will be fire eaters and juggling, drinking, partying and even some competitions for the children.

Fisherman's Village
Fisherman’s Village

If you get tired of walking through the stalls and shops and need to chill out then just find a little bar with cosy chairs and sit outside with an ice cold beer or cocktail or both and just watch the world go by. Koh Samui is a wonderful and rejuvenating place and a visit to Samui should also mean a visit to Fisherman’s Village you will love it, see you there.

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