If you are a fan of Thai food, you could do a lot worse than Krua Bophut. This restaurant is located in a traditional Thai house at the western end of Fishermen’s Village, just on the beach. You can sit outside on a terrace or on the beach, or (if the weather looks threatening), in the teak building. We took the children aged 3 and 7 for an early dinner and our party of 6 was made to feel very welcome. The atmosphere is friendly and calm and the food is 100% Thai. A very mild fried rice with chicken was recommended for the children and it was delicious and the dishes are all cooked to order so can be as fiery as you wish. Steamed rice arrives in little covered tureens followed closely by a huge range of curries, stir fries, salads and soup all beautifully presented with carved vegetable garnishes. Our favourites include Thai red curry, Tom Kha Gai (fragrant coconut and chicken soup), duck with mushrooms and pineapple and sweet and sour prawns, washed down with fresh coconut or mango juice.
Service is friendly and efficient but not rushed and the bill for 6 of us came to about GBP 60.
Walking streets are hugely popular on Samui and each town seems to have its own dedicated evening to hold them. They involve anyone who can sell anything (souvenirs, food, cocktails etc) setting up a table along the street as a small market area. Fishermen’s Village holds its walking street on a Friday and the ideal time to go is around 5.30pm (or before a sundowner at the quiet end of the street). We tend to enter the main gate (under the Fishermen’s Village sign) and walk down to the performance area and jetty. The streets are mainly pedestrianized and you are greeted by tables of spring rolls, mojitos, satay, carved coconuts, fried chicken, leather wallets, guitar strings, replica cosmetics, Tshirts and hand carved soaps. The food is mostly cooked at the stalls in a health-and-safety-free zone of cooking oil, bottled gas and fire, but there is so much to take in that you have to walk slowly, pausing at each stand to examine the wares.
At the jetty, there is a performance area where children from local schools play traditional Thai instruments in their school uniform. Turn right at the jetty for the crowded end of the market, then turn back, past the jetty to the other far end of the market, quieter and fewer stands but more restaurants and bars backing on to the beach, in case you haven’t filled up while wandering.
There are other walking streets at Maenam on Thursday and Nathon on Sunday.