Just 15 minutes away from the airport by taxi, the traditional core of Bophut, known as the Fisherman's Village, is a charming village on the east side of the island. Bophut is one of the few places on Samui that retains some of the island's original Thai-Chinese atmosphere. It has recently experiencing a boom with new hotels and guesthouses sprouting up at a frantic pace. Bophut is famed for its sunsets, fine restaurants, numerous pubs and complete absence of girly bars. Thai massage, (temporary rejuvenation on the beach or in the village's numerous mini-spas) manicure, and pedicure treatments are popular bargain for visitors of both sexes. Another activity to be found in Bophut is the ever popular Friday Walking Market. Every Friday night the streets will be lined with vendors and stalls selling a large array of foods and goods. There are also live music and performances to be found. Nightlife in Bophut is centred around the area between the pier and the end of the road.