Fisherman’s Village Bophut Beach Koh Samui

The best market on Samui. Recommended to go on Friday or Saturday night. You can find all kinds of stuff on that market. Great atmosphere !!!

These days, the main industry on Ko Samui is tourism. But long before the tourists arrived and before the coconut plantations flourished, fishing was the lifeblood of the island. Migrant fishermen from southern China are thought to be amongst the first settlers on Ko Samui. Whilst historians may debate how many centuries ago the first inhabitants arrived on Ko Samui, it’s known that the island was important enough to the Chinese for them to include it on maps they produced in the 17th century.

The arrival of the fishermen saw a new community establish themselves in the Bophut area with wooden houses and shops constructed by the families who made their home on the island. Some descendants of those original families still live and work in Bophut and decorative red Chinese lanterns dotted around the Fisherman’s Village serve as a reminder of the heritage of the area.


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