Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, THAILAND

Area Code 077 $1=38B June 5, 2006

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High : Dec-Apr, Aug

Low : May-Jun, Oct-Nov

Monsoons : Nov-Jan

May to December it should be rainy season but except the monsoon season, it does not rain so much so it is possible to enjoy this island.

Bo Phut Beach is a very long beach on NE of Koh Samui. Sandy part is not as wide as Chaweng nor Lamai but this is a quiet beach.
There are 3 parts in Bo Phut. #2 and #3 area below are for middle & high class resorts which can be seen in other part of Koh Samui, but #1 area, Bo Phut village has small village atmosphere developed by ex-pat community which is very unique in Koh Samui.

1.) Bo Phut village: center of this area where good restaurants and diving shops and cheap accommodation and shops are clustered.
2.) East Beach: 2km beach stretching E from the village. Many middle class resorts are on the beach and boats to Koh Phangan leave from here.
3.) West Beach: 2km beach stretching W from the village. Many middle class resorts are on the beach.

Access: see Samui page to come to Koh Samui.
From Koh Phangan: take a boat from Hat Rin to Bophut pier which is in the middle of #2 area above. If you want to come to other area, take a songthaw. Usually you will be asked to pay 100B each. Bargain or go out to the main road and wait for another songthaw.

i Tourist Office TAT: No information office on this beach. The closest one is on Nathon Rd. Nathon. 200m N(As you are landing, N is left.) from the pier, past the Post Office T420504 8:30-16:30, tatsamuiptat.or.th,
Helpful. Info on accommodation, transport. Free map and free magazine "What's on Samui",with lots of info for accommodation, restaurants, shops, etc. If you travel to Koh Tao, get "Koh Tao Info" booklet, excellent.
$ Banks/Exchange: A bank with ATM is located just outside of the Bo phut village gate.
H Samui International Hospital: 90/2 Moo 2. Bophut. The address is in Boput but it is N end of Chaweng Beach. T077-422272, 24hr hospital.5 -10 min by moto
M Telephone: a few public phones on the main road and you can call from internet cafes.
s 7 Eleven: just outside of Bo Phut village gate
@ Internet cafes: There are a few on the road in the village. 1B/min headphone but no camera.
dv Diving Boboyz: open water 900-13000B(depends on the location to dive.)

Transport
A Air/Samui Airport: at Airport Between Bangruk & Chaweng beaches. 2km from Bophut at KM30, KM31, KM33. Flights to Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore
To BKK 3500B
ask promotional fares. You may be able to get one.
PG Bangkok Airways: 54/4 M3, T077-42-2234, www.bangkokair.com
F1 Nathon Ferry piers : Nathon Center. Boat to Suratthani, Koh Panghan and Koh Tao(350B 9:30 10:00 4hrs.)
F2 Big Buddha Pier: boats to: Koh Panghan (Had Rin) dep.10:30, 13:00, 16:00, 18:30, 50min 120B Pickup: from Bo Phut 20-30B, Chaweng 20-50B, Lamai 50-100B
For Full Moon night. Many boats run after evening. The fares depend on the agents,
OW250-300, RT350-600B
F3 Bophut Pier: to Koh Phangan by speed boats. 350B, 8, 9, 12, 14:30, 16:30, 20mins.
F4 Mae Nam Pier: Mae Nam village N coast, W from Bo Phut To Koh Phangan(Nai Pan Noi): N coast of Koh Phangan via Hat Rin. at 12:00 Fare: Hat Rin 200B 13:00, Hat Thian 200B 13:10, Hat Sadet/Nai Pan Yai/Nai Pan Noi 250B Opposite direction Nai Pan Noi dep 8:00
To Koh Tao:
550B 8:00 12:30 2hrs(Koh Phangan Thong Sala 250B 20mins) free pickup at your GH
ta Panthip Tours: at Nathon port near the police station. It organises private buses to major destinations.

To Bangkok:
joint tickets with a bus 400B, Nathon -(ferry) - Donsok - (AC bus) - Suratthani - VIP bus - Khaosan in BKK. from Nathon at 7:30(arr BKK at night), 15:30, 16:30.
joint tickets with a train fan 2nd sleeper lower
730B, upper 680B, a/c 2nd sleeper lower 920B, upper 870B, Nathon -(ferry) - Donsok - (mini bus) - Suratthani train station - (night train) - BKK. from Nathon at 13:30
Air:
3500B. ask promotional fares. You may be able to get one.
To Suratthani:
ferry + AC bus 150B
, many between 5-18:00, 2.5hrs arriving at Seatran office 2-3km E from Suratthani town center.
Samui Tour ferry + non a/c bus to Suratthani town
135B, 9:30 14:30 15:30. ferry + AC bus 170B 7:30 11:30 13:30. Pantip tours also has similar services.
To Koh Phangan: From Big Buddha pier to Hat Rin. From Bophut to Hat Rin, From Mae Nam pier to Thong Sala, From Mae Nam pier to Thong nai Pan via Hat Rin etc. Nathon port to Thon Sala. See each pier info.
To Koh Tao: From Nathon port and Mae Nam Pier.See each pier info.

Bus from Nathon: Ask at Samui Tours/Phantip Tours or your GH. Probably joint tickets Nathon - (ferry) - Donsok - (bus) - Suratthani tour office - AC bus/mini bus - destination.
To Suratthani Airport: 300B, 7:30, 11:30, 13:30 4hrs.
To Phuket: 450B, 7:30, 11:30, 13:30 7hrs.
To Hat Yai: 450B, 7:30, 11:30 8hrs.
To Krabi: 380B, 7:30, 11:30 8hrs.
To Koh Lanta: 500B, 7:30, 11:30
To Koh Phi Phi: 530B, 7:30
To Ranong: 450B, 7:30
To Penang: 680B, 7:30 13hrs
To KL: 950B, 7:30 20hrs
To Singapore: 1000-1200B, 7:30 24hrs

Seatran Express Boat:
Fare: Suratthani 200B, Koh Phangan 110B
Between Suratthani and Koh Samui, many boats. We mention only first, last and ones to/from Koh Phangan.
Train St. Suratthani Donsak K. Samui K. Phangan
First 5:30 7:00 8:30
8:00 8:30 9:30 11:30 12:30
15:00 16:30 18:30 19:30
Last 17:30 19:00 20:30

Seatran Express Boat:
K. Phangan K. Samui Donsak Suratthani Train St.
First 5:00 6:30 8:30
6:00 8:00 9:30 11:30
13:00 14:00 15:30 17:30
  Last 18:00 19:30 21:30  

Local Transport
Songthaews: pickup trucks. Main transport around the island. Local fares are 20B-30B but tourists are expected to pay more. It is very hard to bargain. from/to NaThon to: Mae Nam 20B(tourist50B), BoPhut 30B(50B)
from/to Chaweng beach 50B(100B)
, To Lamai, go to Chaweng and get another. Bophut - Big Buddha pier 20-30B, Chaweng - Big Buddha pier 20-50B
Motor bike taxi:
You can travel with almost same fare as Songthaew.
! Warning: Tourists are involved in many road accidents on Ko Samui. Be careful.

Accommodation

Prices rise during the high season, budget places fill up quickly. During the low season bargains can be found at many of the mid-range complexes, for 200B you can find rooms in complexes with swimming pools.The seasonal periods are set by each hotel/resort. In September and April, the weather is not so bad but many hotels offer largely discounted rate. So better to phone first.

The cheap GHs usually do not set seasonal rates, but they may lower their rate according to their vacancies.

Touts, usually from the quieter beaches like Mae Nam & Bo Phut, approach you either on the ferry or at the pier. If you go off to one of the quieter places with them you should think about transport, hiring motorbikes is popular. Most prices are per bungalow/room. Discounts for longer stays.

LOW MID HIGH

HOTEL CODE

Bo Phut Village
For the hotels on W side part of this beach, take a songthaw to Chaweng Beach and get off from Nathon 30B. For the one of E part of this area, take one to Bo Phut village. Small village atmosphere. Quieter than Chaweng or Lamai beach. Popular with French visitors. Listing from E from W
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W1
Papa Joe's: 34/7 M1, T077-427697, www.rhinos63.com/samui/ sb dr120, locker, ab HW d600(HS800) HW C4 @(1B/min) R(cafe) large beautiful rooms.just after the gate of Bo Phut, left side. Domitory room equipt lockers.bf(50B simple, bread, coffee/tea, fruit but all you can eat) Rec.
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W2
Baan DaRlah: #29 M1, T077-246220, As you go through the village gate, it is on the right side. baan_darlah@hotmail.com, a/c ab CTV HW fr d800-1200B(HS d1500-2500B) C5. Beautiful large rooms.
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W3
Oasis: Enter the villge from the gate and turn left at T section. Walk another 100m. left side. A small cafe is in front of this GH. opp from Starfish restaurant. d3-400(HS5-600), a/c 500(700) HW fr C4 large rooms Highly Rec.
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W4
The Lodge: 91/1 M1, T427565, apartmentsamui.com, ab f 1500-1800B C5
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W5
Eden Bungalows: T077-427645, edenbungalows.com, ab HW a/c TV 1000-1400+(1490-2000) C4 sw beautiful rooms and garden with swimming pool Rec
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W6
Smile House: 93 M1., www.smilehouse-samui.com d400(500) C2, a/c 1350(1500) C4
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W8
Shade: T077-245688, a/c HW fr d1100(HS1800) C4 huge wooden bungalows.
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W8
SSS: 10/1 M1 T077-427752, ab f d600(HS1000), a/c HW 800B(1400) C4 huge rooms
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W9
Jazz's Pizza: 6/3 M 1, T077-245662, T01-420-1308 a/c CTV HW fr no view d1000, view d1500 C4, Rooms are above its Italian restaurant. The room facing the sea is excellent value. Enter the villge from the gate and turn right at T section. Walk another 100m. left side. Highly Rec

Bo Phut West Beach
W from the Bo Phut village. Mainly for middle and high clasw resorts. Access from the main road but it is easier to enter to each hotel from beach side. Listing from E to W
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W10
Gecko: T077-235551, www.geckosamui.com, a/c ab HW d8-1500B C4 large concrete villa but well designed.
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W11
Coconut Palm Beach Bungalow: #180, M1, T077-245965, f ab d700, a/c d1000B C4
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W12
Rastababy: ab f d200 C1
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W13
Chalee Vvilla: W end of the beach, T01-8954780, f ab 5-1000B C4 Rec

Hat Bo Phut (2004 info)
E from the Bo Phut village and W from Big Buddha temple. Many hotels and resorts continue on a 2km long beach. Take a songthaw to Big Buddha temple, from Nathon 30-50B, Quieter than Chaweng or Lamai beach. Popular with French visitors.
Listing from E from W
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E1
Ponget: 51 1 4 T077-245100-3, www.pongpetchhotel.com, sb d300, ab f d550(700), a/c d800-2000 C4
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E2
Samui Mermaid: 34/1 M4, T077-427547, f ab LS600 HS1200B, TV HW Fr sw C5. Large and clean rooms and bungalows. Excellent value during low season. Highly
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E3
Sunset 2: 33/4 M4, T077-425155, sunset_song@hotmail.com, f ab small d200B, large d300B C2. the small rooms are big enough. Nice garden. Highly Rec.
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E4
Eden Bungalow: ab f HW fr d600B, a/c d1000B, TV d1400B sw C5, Beautiful resort. Rec
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E5
Secret Garden: 22/1 M4 next to the pier, ab f d400B, HW d500, a/c d1000B, HW C4, secretgarden@kohsamui.com www.secretgarden.co.th
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E6
Shambala Beach Bungalow: 20/02 M2, T077-425330, www.samui-shambala.com ab f d500B, HW d600B C4 Rec

 

Food

Most GHs hotels serve reasonable Thai/Western food with tourist prices. There are a couple of French restaurants catering to the mainly French clientele that visit Bo Phut. In the village you can find a few local places.
r1 Boulangerie: E part of the village. French bread, Croissant 30+B, bf 80-100B. Tables are set in the back with the sea view. Rec
r2 Juzz'a Pizza: E part of the village. Italian, surprisingly one of the most delicious pizza and spaghetti. The tables are set in the back of the restaurant facing the beach. Very romantic atmosphere. Highly Rec
r3 German Bakery: near Juzz'a Pizza Coffee 40B good cafe
r4 Many cafes facing the beach: in the center of the village Cafe coffee 30-40B . Atmosphere is excellent. Very good value
r5 Baia Italian Restaurant: 49/1 M1, Main street, Beach side. Italian

Sights

S Big Buddha Temple: Temple on a small island connected to Big Buddha beach by a causeway. Worth a visit.
2-3km E from Bo Phut village.

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