Fisherman’s Village is fast gaining a reputation that stretches way beyond Samui for being the most elegant and well-preserved place on the island. Lined by old wooden Chinese shop-houses, interspaced with a few modern buildings that match the tone, it retains a distinctly Mediterranean feel. This has probably got a lot to do with the fact that it was the main French outpost on the island for many years. Accommodation is limited in Fisherman’s Village itself, though some of the island’s best Hotels & Resorts and the stylishly upmarket Apartments are located beachfront here. At the western end, beyond Fisherman’s Village, No less than three five star resorts are located in close proximity to each other. That said, the average quality of accommodation in Bophut has always been higher than in neighboring Maenam and the existing Hotels & Resorts tend to attract well-heeled independent travelers drawn to funky and fashionable places.