Discover Bophut Fisherman’s Village - Koh Samui
In the north coast of Ko Samui is the Fisherman’s Village, where there are decorative red Chinese lanterns placed around as a reminder of the fishermen who migrated here from Hainan in southern China. There are all sorts of interesting sights. For travelers who would like to indulge in delicious food and enjoy Walking Markets, Trip Guru can recommend the Bophut Fisherman’s Village for an entertaining and unique kind of food trip.
On Fridays, there is a grand evening market held in the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut. It’s family-friendly market full of stalls selling interesting food and even a bug or two, for the more adventurous gourmand. The popularity of this market is well-known and gets a mixture of Ko Samui residents, tourists, and travelers. Wash down all of the food with a fresh fruit shake, and don’t forget to try a local mojito. Wander up and down the stalls, watch local dancers and street performers and just bask in a fun-filled evening.
Aside from the night market, you can see a mixture of vintage shops, teahouses and even local designer outlets sitting next to cafes. Old Chinese shop-houses have been converted into shops, restaurants and bars teeming with life, quite often you can see locals and expats have a chat and get together for a good time. Try out grilled corn-on-the-cob, satays, sticky rice served with mango, various omelets and if you’d like some Western-style food they also have pizzas, paella, and even German bratwurst. Dessert-wise, try out the homemade coconut ice-cream, served in its own coconut shell covered in a variety of toppings. Aside from food, you can also look at furniture carved from coconut wood, bags, shoes and other fashionable options and whatever you do, don’t forget to haggle.
Because of its popularity, it’s best to arrive early—it’s open from 5:30pm and closes around 10:30pm. It’s a beautiful place to walk and explore, and just watch the world go by. Bophut is 15 minutes away from the airport if you use a bus or taxi. Many ferries from Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao dock at the small pier in eastern Bophut. From there, you can take a brown songthaew going to the Fisherman’s Village.