The best things to do after dinner in Bophut includes a good choice of cool bars and restaurants, at which you can chat and drink the night away. Far from the hustle and bustle of the popular resort towns like Chaweng and Lamai, Bophut has no discotheques and offers a very decent and tranquil alternate, perfect for spending an evening with friends and family in a pretty laidback atmosphere.

    Our pick of the best places to go in Bophut at night features favorite watering holes available in this charming destination. Most of them are located in the famous Fisherman’s Village, one of Koh Samui's busiest hubs. 

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    Coco Tam's is a fun beach bar on the western outskirts of Fisherman’s Village. With beanbags on the beach, swing seats at the bar, cabanas, shisha and a large projector screen, it’s a delightful place to relax in Bophut.

    The venue is very much an open-air arrangement, with only a couple of palm-thatch buildings to find once you enter the well-maintained area and a neat little garden separating it from Bophut Beach Road. In the late evenings, this easy-going rustic beach bar is often packed with people nodding to chillout tunes.

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    Location: 62/1 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)91 915 5664


    Karma Sutra in Bophut is unreservedly all-out retro hippy chic. The French-owned bar has 2 branches that flank both sides of the entrance to Fisherman’s Village. Chunky Indonesian wooden furniture, cool sounds, and muted lights decorate both venues.

    Karma Sutra is a great people-watching spot with good views of the sea and pier. You can find a full menu (charmingly presented as a newspaper) and an extensive beverages list. 

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    Location: 37 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)88 751 8674


    Emerald Irish Pub offers draft Guinness and Kilkenny, as well as local beers. The fan-cooled pub features historic photos of old Dublin, Guinness barges and whiskey ads on the walls. Some of the walls have bare bricks, lending the place a suitable rough-and-ready feel.

    The pub's terrace views, like those of many Bophut bars and restaurants, take in Koh Phangan and fishing fleets that pass by in the early evening. The Emerald showcases sports events on 3 screens and live music on occasion. If you're in Bophut on St. Patrick's Day, make a beeline to join in the celebrations. 

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    Location: 61/2 Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)77 332 476


    Frog and Gecko

    Frog and Gecko is a rather rustic pub located along the main street of Fisherman’s Village in Bophut. It's been around since 2000, owned and managed by long-term expats Graeme and Raphaella. 

    With lots of wooden chairs and tables and with views out to Koh Phangan, the resulting atmosphere is a mixture of tropical and laidback. It's busy on most nights, especially on Wednesdays when pub quizzes take place. Frog and Gecko has TVs airing live sports, a pool table, and a sound system playing ‘70s, brit pop, rock and punk music. 

    Location: 79/3 Moo 1, Fisherman's Village, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)98 023 8310



    Zazen is an award-winning restaurant that presents traditional Thai regional dishes with fine-dining touches. Part of the Zazen Resort, it's a beachside stroll away from the center of Bophut, toward Maenam. Its French chef spares no effort in his quest for perfection, even growing his own herbs. The wine cellar has won awards in Thailand.

    Décor is elaborate but not overdone, with Moroccan touches, Louis XVI-style furniture, and a state-of-the-art open kitchen. 

    Location: Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa, 177, Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)77 425 085


    Secret Garden Restaurant

    Secret Garden Restaurant is run by Chef Rik and his team. There’s daily a Thai and European/Mediterranean menu available from 8 am to 10 pm. You can enjoy live music during the Secret Garden Sunday Sessions. On these specials nights, the resort restaurant hosts beachside BBQs and special buffets. The clientele is more or less evenly split between tourists and expats. 

    Location: Secret Garden Beach Resort, 22/1 Moo 4, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight


    Samui Sunset Garden

    Samui Sunset Garden offers spectacular views in the evenings, thanks to its beachfront location. This bar is a popular stop-off point for those going to or returning from Koh Phangan. The staff are very friendly, the atmosphere mellow, and the music playlist leaning toward chill house. Prices are quite reasonable, so you'll see backpackers lounging on colorful beanbags.

    Location: 14/57 Moo 5, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)63 154 0312

    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveler

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