Among the best local Thai restaurants in Bophut Beach are found among the huge selection of fine dining restaurants along the seafront in Fisherman’s Village. While these tend to be on the expensive side, the quality of their food is undeniable, making them as popular with Thais as they are with visiting tourists, though more as a special treat than an everyday meal.
If you venture away from the tourist hot spots, you’re rewarded with the finest flavours and truest taste of genuine Thai food. Many of the dining options – particularly those along Koh Samui’s main ring road – are very simple in appearance, but more than make up for this deficiency by serving up casual food, well prepared. Best of all, such places are usually significantly cheaper than the classy restaurants by the beach, making them ideal for those travelling on a tight budget.
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Happy ElephantA classy and longstanding local diner
Happy Elephant is a local restaurant that’s been at the heart of the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut since 1995. The main part of the restaurant is housed in a charming, rustic wooden building, with tables laid out on the sand behind it most evenings.
The prices are a little high, it being located right in the middle of a popular tourist destination and being a rather classy place, but the use of first-class ingredients means that it remains a popular choice for tourists and locals looking for something a bit special. Alongside an impressive choice of high-quality international dishes are such Thai classics as tom yam soup, pad thai, and panang curry.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11 am to 10 pm
- Location: 79/9 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 427 222
Krua Bophut Thai RestaurantChoose indoors or out on the beach
Krua Bophut offers a choice of dining areas, including a traditionally-styled indoor room and tables down on the beach – it’s not difficult to guess which is the most popular. The menu features a good range of traditional Thai dishes which are tasty and well-prepared if a little on the pricey side.
Notable dishes include stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and duck with 3 spices. It is a pleasantly romantic setting for a lovely meal, making it a popular choice in Fisherman’s Village. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 1 pm to midnight
- Location: 16/16 Moo 1, Bophut Beach Road, Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 430 030
Welcome WathineeAffordable seafood barbecues
Welcome Wathinee is a popular little restaurant in Bophut's Fisherman's Village. A bit rough-and-ready in appearance, with a mix of garishly coloured tables set alongside weathered metal ones, it is a popular choice for its cheap local dishes.
Among its most popular picks is the barbecued mixed seafood. The recommendations on the chalkboard out front also suggest that green curry is both the top choice, so it is certainly worth a try.
- Opening Hours: Daily from noon to 10 pm
- Location: Haad Bophut Road, Bophut, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
The Friendly FrogTraditional and spicy Issan dishes
The Friendly Frog specialises in traditional Thai dishes, including the spicy Issan dishes which are popular throughout Thailand. Notable dishes include som tam, fried crab curry, and massaman curry.
Despite the fact that it is located in the largely tourist-oriented Fisherman’s Village area (though not on Bophut Beach Road), the prices are impressively low thanks to the simplicity of the food and setting, with its plastic garden chairs under a corrugated metal roof.
- Location: Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
Noodle SoupThe name says it all
Noodle Soup is a restaurant in Bophut with a name that says it all. This, although not as much as the tagline on their sign by the side of Route 4169, which boasts that they serve, “The Best Noodle Soup in Town”. It must be good, though, because the place is popular with the local Thais and there are a number of trophies on display in the simple little restaurant.
Most of the menu at Noodle Soup is written up on chalkboards, entirely in Thai because this is really a “local” sort of place. Even so, the few scraps of English text may reveal among the favourite ingredients: pork and beef.
- Location: Route 4169, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
My Friend RestaurantA local Thai favourite in Bophut
My Friend is a restaurant in Bophut that's particularly popular with local Thais. You can find it on the road leading towards Bangrak and Big Buddha Beach, a lengthy walk (or a short songthaew ride) away from town.
The food at My Friend is reputed for its great flavours and fresh ingredients as well as low prices. Their tom yam soup is a must-try. The setting is quite simple – just a corrugated metal roof supported by steel joists – but it is set right by a quiet stretch of coast and the service is friendly and efficient.
- Location: 147/5-8 Moo 5, Route 4171, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)7 742 5187
Thai FoodSimple Thai dining
Thai Food is an extremely small and simple eatery located down one of the small and unremarkable side roads off Bophut Beach Road, in the heart of Fisherman’s Village. This restaurant consists of just a handful of tables with simple plastic seats. However, its affordability (particularly compared to the high-end restaurants on the main street) makes it attractive for locals and those travelling on a shoestring.
The menu at Thai Food consists largely of simple Thai favourites such as som tam, noodle soup, and fried rice. Despite its rough appearance, the owners, the welcoming, and the food are generally good.
- Location: Fisherman’s Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand