Not far from the famous Big Buddha, Bophut is a charming white sand beach, two kilometers long and lined with coconut palms leaning over the water. The strip of sand is closer here, and the water gets deep quickly than Chaweng or Lamai. All along the road, numerous restaurants, bungalows and hotels await you. A good compromise between the isolated beaches on the west coast and a little hectic life of Chaweng. You can easily rent kayaks, snorkeling equipment and jet skis.

At the west end of Bophut is one of probably the oldest places of Samui: The fisherman's village. Although there is little seen in fishing is a charming and nostalgic where the old wooden houses and local shops reminiscent of a bygone era. The "main street" along the beach is no more than a kilometer, but it has a wealth of styles and variety of shops, from that to the old selling anything and everything to elegant restaurants, each with a small "key" personal.

Fisherman's villageThere are several shops on the waterfront that have been transformed into trendy restaurants, while others offer excellent facilities and beautiful setting for a quiet lunch or dinner. Most of these restaurants offer a superb selection of international dishes served on a lovely terrace overlooking the beach of Bophut Bay, with stunning views of offshore islands of Koh Phang Ngan and Koh Tao. And at night the area is lovely, perfect for a romantic evening with someone "special".

You will find in this area a few diving clubs for those wishing to take a course or go for a day of diving sites of the famous Marine Park An Thong, Koh Tao and Sail Rock.

The Mermaid offers day trips to secret spots in the surrounding islands, or Jeep outings to places difficult to access for visitors who are not familiar with the island, like the Secret Garden of the Buddhas. Also try a ride on an elephant through the rainforest, or go for a fishing trip on a local boat in the company of a true fisherman in the waters of Koh Phang Ngan. An exceptional experience, fun and memorable.

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