Secret Buddha Garden in Samui
The Secret Gardenis a beautiful landscaped garden featuring flowers and trees native to Koh Samui and Thailand and many Buddha statues with different meanings arranged in scenarios representing different ideals, which your tour guide will explain to you.
Winding through the garden is is a little stream and a series of miniature waterfalls. The journey to this place takes about 2 hours starting at the back of the Lamai temple and is only recommended for experienced “outdoor” drivers. Another way to get to the garden is by joining one of the safari tours.
It’s quite worth a visit and on the way you can make a stop-over at Koh Samui’s highest point overlooking the island from north to south, the surrounding islands as well as the mainland. Directly opposite Wat Khunaram near Lamai is now a new road that leads through the very steep hills to the Secret Garden, also known as the Magic or Buddha Garden
The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family’s verdant land. The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, in a relaxed position sitting on a rock.
Secret Buddha Garden sits atop the Tar Nim Waterfall peak. The views from within gardens and on the road leading up to it are spectacular, with many stops to enjoy the island panorama along the way.
Remarks: If visiting Secret Buddha Garden on your own, the entry fee is 80 baht per person.
How to get there: In Baan Saket, get on the air force road leading up to Ta Nim Waterfall. The road turns into a dirt track for the last 400 metres of the ascent. There are many signs along the way. Only experienced drivers should attempt the road, best done in a 4WD vehicle. Those who do not wish to make the trip themselves can visit the gardens as part of an adventure day trip such as a jungle/safari tour.