Situated on Koh Samui’s northern coast, the quaint coastal village of Bophut offers travellers an idyllic seaside holiday destination away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Apart from its beach area where one can soak up the sun and enjoy a variety of water sports, Bophut is also home to the charming Fisherman’s Village.

Located on the beach’s eastern side, Fisherman’s Village is an area where one can experience a more traditional atmosphere that is closer to the Thai-Chinese origins of the island. Those exploring the area will find traditional style Chinese shops and houses constructed out of wood along with other structures both old and new which give a Mediterranean feel to the place.

The area is also home to several shops and boutiques offering a variety of items including clothing, jewellery, casual T-shirts, sandals and souvenirs for those looking for gifts or mementos to take back home. A good place to shop at night is Bophut Plaza where apart from wooden souvenirs; one will also find DVDs and CDs as well as beachwear.

Travellers walking along the main street and soaking up the sights and sounds of Fisherman’s Village can choose to enjoy a meal, snack or drink at one of around 40 restaurants and bars in the area. Apart from serving local Thai food, these charming eateries also offer a wide range of other cuisines including Indian, French, Mexican and Italian dishes. BBQ meals, seafood and British and Irish pub style food are also available at some of the restaurants and bars here.

Those walking around Fisherman’s Village can also head to the beach and enjoy such water sports as jet skiing, while one can visit the nearby go-kart track and enjoy some four wheeled fun as well. There are dive shops in the area which offer lessons in scuba diving along with organizing excursions to such underwater attractions as Koh Tao Island and Ang Thong Marine Park.

An ideal way to experience the region’s stunning coastal beauty is by staying at a Ko Samui resort that enjoys a seaside location. Offering luxury Koh Samui villas, Anantara Lawana, Koh Samui is ideally located along a quiet stretch of Chaweng Beach and is only around 15 minutes from Fisherman’s Village.