Aquapark Bophut is a great place to have fun on the beach for both children and adults. Located in front of Classico Restaurant towards the western end of Bophut Fisherman’s Village, it features a series of large inflatable floating devices including bridges, an enormous trampoline, and objects of various shapes and sizes to climb on. Aquapark Bophut is slightly smaller than Chaweng’s version, yet still provides hours of fun in Bophut Bay.
For security reasons all participants must wear a life-jacket to be allowed in the Aquapark. Prices are reasonable: one hour – 300 baht; half-day – 500 baht (four hours); and full-day – 700 baht (seven hours).
- Opening Hours: daily from 10:00 – 18:00
- Location: on the beach towards the western end of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village
- Remarks: All prices mentioned are of August 2014
Bophut Hills Golf Club
Bophut Hills Golf Club is located on Samui Ring Road in the beautiful hillside between Bophut and Chaweng. Opened in 2006 and designed by the famous golf course architect Piraporn Namatra – who also designed Santiburi Golf Course in Koh Samui - Bophut Hills Golf Club is a nine-hole par 27 course offering a challenge to both new and experienced golfers.
Every hole on the course features two sets of Tee – Red (for beginners) and Blue (for experienced golfers) – and the atmosphere at Bophut Hills Golf Club is pretty casual as no particular dress code is required to play. Quality equipment and caddies are available for rental, and the clubhouse is a cosy place for golfers to share their experience around a drink or a meal. Rates are rather affordable: 1,700 baht for the course including rental equipment and caddie (price of April 2014).
- Location: on Samui Ring Road, about 1.5km South of Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village
- Type: 077-430811 or 087-0467307
The really unique aspect of Cyan Spa is its beachfront location. Set in a traditional Thai-style building, the floor-to-ceiling windows at the back of it look out over the calm waters between Bophut Beach and Koh Phangan. There is an impressive choice of treatments available and, while prices are a little higher than the average (a traditional Thai massage is 450 baht for one hour), the skill of the staff and the quality of the facilities do justify it. The pedicures and manicures are said to be a little disappointing, but the massages are rated as among the best in the area.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: 65/1 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut
- Tel: +66 (0)80 746 6954
Fairways Samui describes itself as “an action-packed indoor adventure playground”. Located on the airport road, this 320sqm kids’ club, themed around The Jungle Book, permits children to freely enjoy themselves in a totally safe soft-playground under the supervision of professional staff. Meanwhile, parents can relax around a drink while checking their email at the coffee-shop available on site. The coffee-shop also has an all-day menu. Day-care and baby-sitting services are also on offer at Fairways Samui.
- Opening Hours: Soft Play from 10:00-18:00 daily; Nursery Mon - Fri 08:00-16:00
- Location: On the road leading to Samui International Airport
- Tel: +66 (0)89 867 3844
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street
Fisherman’s Village Walking Street brings the quiet, sleepy town of Bophut to life every Friday from 17:00 to 23:00. It sees the narrow Beach Road and adjoining streets crammed with market stalls and shoppers from across Koh Samui, with a diverse range of wares available at very low prices.
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- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut
If your competitive spirit rears its head while you're on Koh Samui then why not go Go-karting for the day? Suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders the course is fun and fast. Samui Go-Kart provides everything from instructions to helmets, all you have to do is jump in and go. The course is open from 9am to 9pm every day and located just west of Bophut of the main ring road.
- Location: Route 4169, Bophut beach
- Tel: 077 425 097
Koh Samui is synonymous with coconut trees - there are literally plantations all over the island, and until tourism arrived, coconuts were the main industry here. How do you get at the coconuts? Enter the monkey, considered as man's best friend, these industrious little animals are greatly prized and give a demonstration of their incredible dexterity (and not just at picking coconuts) in the outdoor theatre. The entertainment also includes performing elephants.
- Location: look for the theatre on the Ring road between Chaweng and Bophut Village.
Opened in 2012 and set in one of the traditional shop-houses that give all its charm to Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village, Sakura Spa is a stylish, welcoming venue, beautifully decorated in a contemporary style blending Chinese, Japanese and Korean influences. Sakura Spa dispenses a great range of skillfully performed massages (Thai, oil, reflexology, and more), and facial and body treatments (deep cleansing, hot stone, waxing, and more). All the products used for treatments are 100% natural and contain no paraben, palm oil, paraffin, or mineral oil, their composition is entirely vegetal. As a cherry on the cake, Sakura Spa offers a great view to Bophut Bay and Phangan Island that adds to the relaxation feel induced by a gently performed massage.
- Opening Hours: 14:00 – 22:00
- Location: in the Fisherman’s Village, between The Seaside Steak House and Yin Yang Restaurant
Samui Crocodile Farm
Samui Crocodile Farm in Bophut is a fascinating place to find out more about Thailand's jaws and claws! They're all here; Siamese crocodiles, caimans, saltwater crocodiles, snakes, lizards, monkeys and more. The farm covers an area of 8,000sqm and is located near the airport. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -18:00
- Location: In Bophut, behind the airport and easy to find
- Remarks: Currently Samui Crocodile Farm has a crocodile show three times daily: 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. The snake shows also run three times a day: 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00
- Tel: +66 (0)77 239 002
Sanuk Mini Golf
Opened in 2014, Sanuk Mini Golf is set on a charming piece of land covering an area of 3,200sqm featuring Koi fish ponds, tropical plants and flowers, salas (to relax between two holes) and coconut trees. The mini-golf features 18 holes; it can be played by the whole family by day and night (adults - 300 baht, children 200 baht). Sanuk Mini-Golf also hosts a small bar at which players can refresh themselves with soft drinks, juices, beer (from around 60 baht), and spirits and cocktails (from 100 baht). The best time to play is after 17:30, when things start to cool down a bit in Koh Samui.
- Opening Hours: 14:30 – 22:00
- Location: 100m after Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village on the road heading to Samui Big Buddha
There are many tattooists on Samui offering work of varying quality. Although most tend to offer reasonable standards of health and hygiene, its worthwhile making a thorough (sober) assessment of the studio before going under the needle.
Thailand's infamous monks tattoos, which supposedly give the recipient magical powers, are available occasionally at Big Buddha temple - though recent reports suggest that they are a number of health risks associated with this practice, so extreme caution should be exercised.
For anyone seeking a Western tattooist, Tattoo Mania in Bophut Fisherman's Village can be recommended. Run by French ex-pat Esther, who completed a four-year apprenticeship with Khun Nong, one of the island's best Thai tattoo artists, Tattoo Mania offers a full range of traditional, tribal and modern designs, all individually tailored to personal specifications after a consultation with Esther.
- Location: Bophut Fisherman's Village
- Tel: 089 868 2558
Thai Language Lessons
If you have the time and inclination, it can be a gratifying experience to attempt to learn a bit of spoken Thai. Located in the Old Monkey Soi in Bophut, Mind Your Language is a well established, professionally run language school that can offer classes for up to ten different levels. They use experienced Thai teachers and have a maximum of 6 students per class. They also now offer 1 year Education Visas for their online Thai language courses.
- Location: Old Monkey Soi
- Tel: 077 962 088