Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand: Your total guide to Bophut Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand. Get answers to your 22 top FAQs about Bophut like where to stay, where to eat, Bophut hotel comparisons, nightlife and more.
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Bophut Beach

1. Which is better – Bophut or Chaweng?

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Fisherman’s Village at Bophut Beach

Let me artfully dodge this question with five of my own:

  • Are you picky about beaches?
  • Does a beach have to be white with sugary sand?
  • Do you like a late night out?
  • Should it include DJs and dancing?
  • Hooters and Hard Rock – positive additions to the neighbourhood?

Answered yes to all of the above? Chaweng is the beach for you. Otherwise, whether with kids or as a couple, Bophut has an atmosphere that many (myself included) consider just right. While its price points are higher than average for Samui, Bophut’s hotel and restaurant offerings are amongst our favourites on the island. For a total beach-by-beach comparison, The Koh Samui Guide goes into great detail about every option you’ve got.

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2. How far is it between Bophut and Chaweng?

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Bophut to Chaweng? About 15 minutes from here

From Hansar or Smile House (both fairly central Bophut right on the edge of Fisherman’s Village) it’s about a fifteen-minute drive to central Chaweng (by car). It takes between twenty or twenty-five minutes in rush hour or if the traffic lights aren’t in your favour, and longer still in bad weather. By songthaew? Anywhere in the 15- to 25-minute ballpark, depending on the number of stops.

3. Which is better – Bophut or Lamai?

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Bophut’s Zazen Boutique Resort

To make a decision you’re confident with, we refer you again to the comprehensive beach and hotel coverage in The Koh Samui Guide. As a brief comparison, you’re likelier to find budget options in Lamai as well as comparable boutique options with less in walking distance. If Zazen has your attention on Bophut Beach, Rocky’s is roughly its Lamai equivalent.

4. Is there good Thai food in Bophut?

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Pad Thai on Bophut Beach

Yes! Quite literally from east to west your options for the best Thai food in Bophut go from street food to fine dining. Whether it’s mango sticky rice from a food cart, the sit-on-plastic-stools cheapy-cheapy Thai food of your dreams, or silk-clad hotel staff serving you king tiger prawns and fine wine – it’s all here. All three options – and everything in between – are available in Bophut (see The Koh Samui Guide for our absolute favourites).

5. Is Bophut good for families?

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Kiddie pool at Hansar Samui

Again, yes! Bophut’s quiet pace and range of restaurant options makes it ideal for families. A number of Bophut hotels offer kids clubs as well. Two things to note about Bophut Beach with kids? First, the sand is soft-packed and ‘sinky’, so you’ll get nowhere with a stroller. Similarly, it’s not the best beach for sand castles (try Choeng Mon). Recommended Bophut hotels with family rooms include:

Four people:

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Kids’ Club at Anantara Bophut

Six people:

6. Does Bophut have good nightlife?

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Fire show on Bophut Beach

If you ardently ‘love your local’, you’ll love Bophut’s nightlife – it will take just a few days’ dedicated drinking to get fully adopted by the bar staff of your choosing. Options include beach bars for a casual beer, and lots of choice for cocktails, too. If you want buckets and mayhem – look elsewhere. Bophut’s biggest nightlife destination (the only place Baby Boomers might possibly complain about the ‘young people music’) offers gourmet, wood-fired pizzas alongside its nightly fire-show.

Rather than rowdy, Bophut at night is beloved for its balmy evenings, mojito menus and quiz nights. The most regrettable action you’ll make at the end of the night is eating an entire portion of mango sticky rice. Drinking to excess? We refer you to Chaweng. Indeed, if glow-sticks (or selfie-sticks) indicate good nightlife you might prefer Chaweng – right around Ark Bar.

7. What are the best hotels in Bophut?

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The spa at Zazen Boutique Resort

‘Best’ as in best-reviewed? Three beachfront Bophut resorts with consistent 9+/10 reviews are:

‘Best’ as in most awards won? Bophut winners in in this year’s Travellers’ Choice Awards include:

  • Bo Phut Resort & Spa (#11 – Top Hotels for Romance in Thailand and #13 – Top Hotels in Thailand)
  • Lanna Samui (#7 – Top Hotels for Romance in Thailand, #20 – Top Hotels in Thailand and #10 – Top Value for Money Hotels in Thailand),

‘Best’ as in most expensive? Hansar Samui and Anantara Bophut both (rightly) command five-star prices. For a double dose of ‘best’ look at one of Anantara’s beachfront pool suites.

8. How to get from Bophut to Koh Phangan?

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From Bophut to Bang Rak pier to Koh Phangan

Very easily. The ferry journey itself (from Bang Rak) is about thirty minutes from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (slightly less in good weather and a good boat).  Door to door with an all-inclusive ferry + hotel transfer ticket will take two-three hours. Your best options are:

You can choose to book just the ferry itself (and get to the pier yourself by taxi or songthaew) or book an inclusive Koh Samui hotel transfer + ferry ticket. See timetables and booking options for your dates. Prices are typically ≤US$10 for a ferry ticket and ≤US$14 for a combined ferry ticket with Koh Samui hotel transfer (including all taxes and fees). Easy!

Tip: Check your preferred dates against Full Moon Party dates. If either your outbound or return journey (or both) is around a Full Moon Party, you’ll definitely want to pre-book your ferry ticket.

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Left: Buri Rasa waiting lounge on Koh Samui | Right: Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas (credit Booking.com)

Feel like your backpacking days are behind you? To get a taste of both islands – in the comfort to which you are rightfully accustomed – look at staying at Anantara Bophut on Koh Samui and then Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan. A hotel shuttle (air-conditioned to perfection) delivers you at the Bang Rak pier, where you wait for your fancy-pants boat in a private beachfront waiting lounge. Buri Rasa Koh Phangan also offers similar services. Full Moon Party this is not (and this ‘elder Millennial’ is just fine with that).

9. How far is it from Koh Samui Airport to Bophut?

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Airport to Bophut Beach? About 15 minutes

Not far at all. Note that Bophut is a fairly wide area so hotels on the eastern edge of Fisherman’s Village (such as utterly adorable Elysia Resort) are a zippy ten-minute drive from Koh Samui Airport, whereas the western edge of Bophut Beach (Zazen Boutique Resort and vicinity) will take about fifteen to twenty minutes. Not much in it – but definitely not a distance you’d want to walk.

10. Are there good luxury hotels in Bophut?

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The pool at Anantara Bophut

Yes! An easy mnemonic to distinguish Bo-phut? Bo-utique.

In the five star category, you have Anantara Bophut and Hansar on the beach (with Mantra Samui offering mega-views in the Bophut hills).

At the four-star level, Bo Phut Resort and Spa and Zazen are superb boutique choices, (with Lanna Samui available as a view-y, hillside choice). Bo Phut Resort and Spa’s credentials are backed up with its membership in Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

11. Does Bophut have good sunsets?

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Bophut Beach sunset

If there’s a sunset to be had, you’ll find yourself sitting pretty on Bophut Beach. Although you won’t see the sun sinking to the horizon, you’ll enjoy any correlated cotton candy skies – and the accompanying cocktails. It’s boozy, it’s beautiful – highly recommend.

12. Is Bophut a good beach for a honeymoon?

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Yes, yes, yes. For the many reasons we outline in The Koh Samui Guide, Bophut offers you choices not found on other Samui beaches. Best of all? With so many walkable options for food and drink you will avoid any ‘married couple fights’ if either of you is susceptible to outrageous hanger.

13. Do any hotels in Bophut have outdoor baths?

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Outdoor bath at Charming Fox, Bophut (credit Booking.com)

Yes! Pack your waterproof Kindle and plan to take the best bath of your life at Charming Fox, a new boutique hotel in the Bophut Hills. Its location means great privacy and even better ocean views. Bo Phut Resort and Spa offers ‘Spa Bath’ rooms with giant soaker tubs set into your outdoor terrace.

No such thing as too hot? Is your ideal body temperature “hot car left in the sun”? At Panu Luxury Apartment you pair your ocean view with an outdoor hot tub – one of very few we’ve ever seen on Samui.

14. What are some of the best places to stay in Bophut?

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Hansar Samui to Fisherman’s Village

In Koh Samui’s approaching rainy season, given the probability of rain, I suggest basing yourselves on the eastern side of Bophut Beach in easy walking proximity to Fisherman’s Village. This way, even if – worst case – it’s absolutely tipping down – you can still do all sorts of stuff: eat pretty much every food on earth, hang-out in a dozen or more cafés and coffee shops, enjoy drop-in yoga, window-shop and more.

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Rainy day on Bophut Beach

In rainy season, my top recommendation in Bophut is Hansar Samui because (1) it’s a minute’s walk to Fisherman’s Village on paved road, (2) every room has a large covered balcony with an ocean view to enjoy when you need shade or shelter and (3) Hansar’s enormous pool is salt water – so no chemicals. Hansar is quite modern and minimalist-y in design, so, if that’s not your thing, consider its next-door neighbour Anantara Bophut. Here, swap minimalism for lush, tropical gardens but enjoy a similarly quick walk into Fisherman’s Village, about a minute or two.

15. Should we choose Anantara Bophut or Anantara Lawana?

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Anantara Bophut has a very walkable location

For its location – you can walk along a paved road into Fisherman’s Village in about three minutes – Anantara Bophut is our pick. Anantara Lawana, on the northern edge of Chaweng, isn’t quite so walkable (but offers beautiful sunrises).

16. Should we choose Anantara Bophut or Hansar Samui?

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Hansar Samui

Choose Hansar

  • if you’ll appreciate having your own covered, ocean-view balcony (Anantara also has beautiful balconies but many are garden view).
  • if you love to swim – and would love to do so in a salt-water pool.
  • if you love to be in the sun. Of the two, Hansar is more exposed to the sun through the day and you have either pool umbrellas or your room’s covered balcony to seek shade. Anantara, however, owing to its leafy gardens has a variety of lounging options in the shade.
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Anantara Bophut

Choose Anantara Bophut

  • if you love plants and will appreciate the jungle-y, tropical paradise they offer.
  • if you’d prefer the pool to be directly beachfront (Hansar has a quiet road between the pool and the beach, though it’s below the pool’s infinity edge and is not visible from the pool beds).
  • if you want a swim-up pool bar. (Hansar’s pool bar is first-rate but you’ll drink your drinks on dry land).
  • if you want a direct beachfront room or villa. Amongst its rooms offerings are a few Beach Front Pool Suites with private plunge pools, your own sundeck and a small garden area.

Still can’t decide? Choose the one with a better deal? Or the higher rating? At time of writing, Hansar’s rates are fractionally more per night and it has a 9.0 out of 10.0 (to Anantara’s 8.7). Our suggestion – they’re both superb. Skim through the photos and make a gut decision on which better suits your aesthetic. Like red and clean lines? It’s Hansar. Prefer blue and love plants? Anantara for you.

17. Where can we have a private pool on Bophut Beach?

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Private pool villa at Bo Phut Resort and Spa (credit Booking.com)

Champagne tastes? Bophut’s the beach for you. If you can find available dates (and seven willing friends), Villa M is just plain good sense. Its pool is directly beachfront and it’s all yours. If you’d prefer a hotel, the following offer rooms and villas with private pools:

18. Do we need water-shoes for Bophut Beach?

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Bophut Beach sand

If you’re a wimp. If a beach is a beach and you’re an easygoing sort – barefoot will be fine. If you notice texture variations and like to be worst-case prepared, bring the water-shoes already sitting in your Amazon cart. If not on Bophut they’ll be useful on some of Samui’s grittier beaches.

Tip: It’s easier to walk barefoot than wear flip-flops as on Bophut as the sand is quite ‘sinky’ and you’ll feel as though your wading in sandals (surprise benefit – Bophut walks are great for toning your legs!). If you’re lazy and abhor physical exertion of any kind, Chaweng and Choeng Mon are flatter, sturdier experiences.

19. Can you snorkel on Bophut?

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Stand-up paddling on Bophut Beach

You snorkel your little heart out on any beach you like. The less-good news? You won’t see much. Koh Samui isn’t known for its snorkelling (and doesn’t sell itself as such). Its dumbed-down geology is “palm trees on top of sloping sandbar” so snorkelling conditions tend to be murkier than you’d like for good Fish Vision. While some island beaches are better than others, Bophut excels at ‘above-the-water’ activities: stand-up paddling and inflatables are popular.

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20. Which hotels in Bophut have the best pools?

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Pool at Eden Beach Bungalows

A few superlative choices for the best pools in Bophut:

21. Are there any adults-only resorts on Bophut?

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Zazen caters more to adult preferences than children’s

There are a few on Samui (Sensimar on Maenam and Akyra on Chaweng was but seems to have recently changed its mind), but none on Bophut itself. However, many Bophut resorts are particular honeymoon favourites that tend to have a near-majority of adult guests. Zazen’s cave-sized wine cellar, an acclaimed spa, afternoon tea offerings and promises of ‘inner peace’ make it a safe bet for those avoiding Marco Polo (and zombie iPad kids at dinner).

22. Any feedback for CELES Beachfront Resort?

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Beachfront restaurant at CELES (credit: Booking.com)

While the flashy entrance at CELES Beachfront Resort seems at odds with its casual comfort/Scandi interior, you must see inside before discarding it to the ‘too glittery’ pile (as I had planned to do). As a new-ish arrival to Bophut Beach, CELES has maintained an impressive 9+ rating since opening in 2016. Is it the glass-walled gym, the in-room espresso or the California King-sized beds? My guess is its ‘quiet end of Bophut’ beachfront with a majority of private pool villas.

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Beachfront pool villa at CELES (credit: Booking.com)

Though the room inventory at CELES is comparable to Hansar’s (sixty-eight and seventy-four rooms respectively), it has a smaller, more tucked-away feel than other Bophut resorts at the same price point. (Zazen offers a similar ambience with a very different aesthetic – CELES is bright and white, Zazen goes for deep reds and a Moroccan vibe). Of the seven room categories, six offer you a private pool – this tends to keep people occupied in their own kingdoms, making for a very quiet hotel. The CELES magic kicks in on Bophut Beach itself – in their super-special Beachfront Pool Villas.

Ready to start planning?

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Bophut banana pancakes

Assuming you’re as click-happy as me, you might have as many as 2,984 browser tabs open – ready to start planning the Thailand trip of your dreams? Better plan: start with The Koh Samui Guide. It’s packed with every scrap of expertise I’ve gathered in my fifteen years of Samui exploration – and a nice place to sleep in Bophut is just the start. From adapters and airlines to yoga and zip-lining, it’s your total guide to Koh Samui – in one easy download. Enjoy!

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