If you’re planning a trip to Koh Samui, you might come to expect an experience that solely involves the beach. But Koh Samui has a little known gem called the Fisherman’s Village, and it’s worth paying a visit. Situated in a historical part of Bophut, this place is beset with rustic-style buildings, boutique stores, trendy restaurants, and a small selection of hotels ling the narrow Beach Road. Every Friday, the whole area transforms into the Fisherman’s Village Walking Street market, and shoppers from across the island come to visit buy souvenirs and other trendy items as well as bask in the lively atmosphere.
Wondering why it’s called Fisherman’s Village? It’s because the place was once home to a thriving fishing community. The fishermen had since moved on, and the main pier had collapsed, but the old wooden shophouses remain, along with the narrow alleys running between them, evoking a charming ambiance to the area.
How to get to the Fisherman’s Village
There are a couple of entrances to the Fisherman’s Village that are marked with arches, but the area only covers Bophut Beach Road and the surrounding small streets. The Fisherman’s Village starting point is the Happy Friday Restaurant and runs all the way down to where the road meets Route 4171. The road is open to vehicle traffic, but it’s only one-way, and the narrow structure of the street makes it difficult for cars to pass through.
What to do in Fisherman’s Village
Visit the trendy bars, cafes, and restaurants.
Feel like going on a food trip? Fisherman’s Village has an excellent selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants for you to try. The food scene is so diverse that there are multiple multi-cuisine restaurants that suit every taste. There are also classy and romantic spots, laid-back places, and family-friendly establishments.
Visit the Bophut beach.
While not exactly the largest beach you can find in Koh Samui, Bophut beach is one of the most well-maintained. Because of this, it attracts tons of tourists for day trips or just a quick visit from those chancing upon the island. And although it’s narrow, there is plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy the view. You have the option to take a leisurely stroll by the beach or just sit on the sand and wait until the beautiful sunset bathes the waters in an unusual hue. There are also dining spots around the area where you can eat scrumptious meals. If you’re the adventurous type, you may also want to try diving.
Partake in local events.
Fisherman’s Village is quiet and peaceful during the day, but it gets vibrant at night. On some occasions, there are outdoor seaside movie screenings and parties happening on Bophut beach, while the village is packed with art events and performances by local talents.
Fisherman’s Village is a place worth visiting thanks to its charm, character, and atmosphere that accommodates travelers of all ages. If you’re planning to book a resort in Koh Samui, book a stay with us.