Bophut is one of the favourite holiday destinations in Koh Samui that could retain a genuine southern Thai laid-back atmosphere with its renowned Fisherman’s Village. Located on Samui Island’s north coast, its three kilometre long beach faces Koh Phangan and, despite its ever-growing success, remains a haven of tranquility.
Apart from its beach, Bophut has a good range of attractions and activities on offer for its visitors; from its Crocodile Farm to its Go-Kart track to its hillside golf course, Bophut has enough potential to keep vacationers busy. Check out our Top 5 Attractions in Bophut below, you will surely find something to suit your style.
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Big Buddha temple sits majestically on a small rocky island off Koh Samui’s north-eastern corner. Known locally as Wat Phra Yai, its golden, 12-metre seated Buddha statue was built in 1972 and remains one of the island’s most popular attractions. Set on Koh Faan, Big Buddha temple is reached by a causeway that connects it to the main island. The Big Buddha can be seen at a distance of several kilometres and is often the first landmark people see when arriving to Samui by air. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -18:00
- Location: Route 4171, near the airport
- Tel: 077-962488-9
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. Many of the stalls sell much the same items as you will find in markets throughout Thailand, including 100-baht T-shirts, simple jewellery, handbags, sunglasses, beer cosies, souvenirs, watches of questionable mechanical soundness, branded clothes of dubious manufacture and electrical goods of suspicious provenance. As with all market shopping in Thailand, a certain amount of judgement and measured expectations is necessary when selecting your purchases. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: Bophut Beach Road, Bophut
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 Samui International Airport, about six kilometres East of Bophut Fisherman’s Village.
From 12:00 until 17:00, impressive crocodile and snake shows are held for the great pleasure of the audience. During these shows visitors can witness reckless performers placing their head inside crocodile’s wide opened mouth and snake trainers who kiss King Cobras on the head. Please note that as most places featuring captive wild life in Thailand (and for that matter, anywhere in the world), the conditions in which animals are treated and kept at Samui Crocodile Farm is considered cruel by many animal lovers, but we will let you judge for yourself. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -18:00
- Location: In Bophut, behind the airport and easy to find
- Tel: 077-239002
Samui Go-kart is located on Samui Ring Road opposite the soi leading to Hansar Samui Resort. Opened since 1993, Samui Go-kart features a 500m-long well-designed track marked out with red and white painted old tyres that keeps even the most hapless drivers on the road. Three types of kart are available: 5.5HP karts for beginners and children (they can reach a speed of 40 kilometres per hour); 13 HP karts for those with a bit of kart-driving experience (they can reach a speed of 75 kilometres per hour); and 25HP karts for daredevils and wannabe Formula One racers (they can reach a speed of 125 kilometres per hour!). Prices are respectively 600 baht, 700 baht, and 1,000 baht for a 10 minute drive according to the kart type (prices of April 2014).
Double karts are also available for those who would like to drive in tandem (5.5HP and 13HP only) and there is a cool, shaded viewing area with drinks and snacks for people who do not want to drive. Samui Go-Kart offers free transfer to and from hotels. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 -21:00
- Location: on Samui Ring Road, 600m left after Bophut’s Fisherman’s Village road (when going toward Maenam)
- Tel: 077-425097
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
- Tel: 077-430811 or 087-0467307