Beaches on the gorgeous Thai island of Koh Samui are plentiful and stunning. There are so many to visit it can be hard to decide which will be best for a day with the kids. If you’re looking for somewhere with soft sand, child friendly activities and plenty of places to eat then you can’t go wrong with a visit to Bophut Beach, Koh Samui.
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Bophut Beach is not as lively as Chaweng or as quiet as some of the hidden, deserted beaches such as Coral Cove or Taling Ngam. For me this is the perfect compromise for visiting families. There’s enough to keep little ones entertained but you won’t be jostling for space with rowdy backpackers. Although there are plenty of modern conveniences, effort has been made to keep the area traditionally Thai so it’s a great mix of old and new.
What can I do at Bophut Beach with kids?
All the way up and down the beach you’ll find watersports to try. You can hire paddle boards, jet skis and even banana boats. Depending on how adventurous your little ones are they may enjoy these activities. We tended just to play in the sand, playing catch and cooling off in the turquoise sea. The waves are pretty tame and the water shallow. The curved shape of the beach means you’re pretty sheltered from the wind.
If massages are your thing you’ll be able to find a few right on the beach. We tended to walk back away from the sea to the main street to get an indoor foot massage which was super cheap and had the benefit of being air conditioned!
If you can stay into the evening, the fire show outside Coco Tams on the beach is brilliant to watch. It starts at around 8.30pm each night. They sometimes invite kids down to the front for a closer view and they get people up to take part in the show. I’ll admit I held my breathe through most of it, the fire gets pretty close but I never saw any frizzled hair. These guys are good!
What is the sand like at Bophut Beach
The beach is a stunning 2km stretch of golden sand. The grains are fairly fine and squishy between your toes and the beach always seemed very clean. Unlike other grittier beaches like silver beach further south the kids did not need water shoes on Bo Phut. As the sand is so very soft it’s best to leave the pushchair at home and bring a carrier if the kids are very little.
What to do at night on Bophut Beach with kids
As mentioned the nightly fire show at Coco Tams is great fun and very popular. There’s also one in the bar area of the Fishermans market
although the back drop isn’t quite as impressive! We really enjoyed sitting on one of the many beanbags, sipping a cocktail and watching the world go by as the kids played with their laser toys.
The night market at the Fishermans Village is another great place to spend a few hours. You’ll be able to pick up every souvenir imaginable for some great prices (as long as you haggle!). We didn’t buy much but enjoyed wandering around the stalls soaking up the atmosphere. We treated ourselves to some delicious street food and the kids had their fill of ice cream rolls. The Fishermans market is open every Friday between 5pm and 11pm.
Where to eat at Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
There are so many food options at Bophut Beach you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can find everything from traditional Thai Street Food on the nights when the Fishermans Market is open to Western options at the several high end restaurants overlooking the sea.
Coco Tams is our personal favourite. The vibe is relaxed, the food is good quality and we even managed to find Piper’s favourite Spaghetti Bolognese on the menu. Travel really is so much easier when the kids are happy with full tummies! Kids will love the swinging chairs and late night fireshows. Grown ups can enjoy one of their signature cocktails before calling it a night.
Where to stay at Bophut Beach with kids
For the ultimate in luxury head to the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui. It has gorgeous tropical gardens and a beautiful pool overlooking the beach. They have an excellent kids club with activities for all ages including arts and crafts, sports and cooking classes. It will take you less than five minutes to walk from the hotel to the Fishermans village.
The Fishermans Village at Bophut
The Fishermans village is one of the oldest on the Island and is located land side in the centre of the beach. This is where the famous night market is located. Here you’ll find some lovely boutique stores and more tourist type shops. Along with many bars and restaurants.
How to get to Bophut Beach
Bophut is located on the Northern tip of Koh Samui. It’s on the main road which goes around the whole island so isn’t difficult to find if you’re in your own transport. It should take you around half an hour from Chaweng or Lamai. And just ten minutes drive from the airport which is why we decided to base ourselves there for our first few days on the island.
You could get a taxi or tuk tuk to the beach which won’t cost you too much from anywhere on the island. Just make sure the taxi meter is on or you agree a fare up front.
If you’re visiting Bophut from the mainland then a flight is your easiest (and fastest) option. Although it will probably set you back around £100 per person. For a cheaper but slower journey you could get a super cheap flight to Surat Thani and then get the ferry across to Samui. It takes a lot longer but can be part of the fun!
Where to park for Bophut Beach, Koh Samui
There is a huge car park at the entrance to the Fishermans Village. This gets very busy on Market nights but you’ll normally be able to find a space. If you’re staying at one of the many beachfront hotels, they all have valet parking for guests.
Is Bophut Beach Safe?
We felt safe at all times on Bo Phut Beach. As with anywhere, make sure you keep valuables hidden and close to you and always keep an eye on the kids. You may be approached by beach sellers in the evening, if you don’t want to buy anything a polite no should suffice. We purchased some friendship bracelets and kids toys and started up some lovely conversations.
The beach doesn’t feel too rowdy, even at night but if somewhere look too crowded for you, just head a little further along the sand.
Remember sunscreen and water most importantly. You’ll be able to purchase these from one of the many convenience stores around Bophut but there’re always super expensive to buy.
You may see a few stray dogs wandering along the beach, just avoid them, they never felt threatening.
If you’re in Koh Samui with kids I highly recommend a trip up to the Lamai Viewpoint. Little ones will love riding up on the little pink funicular and the views from the top are just stunning.
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