The secret Buddha Garden is known by many names such as the Magic Garden, or Heaven’s Garden. It is tucked away in the hills of Koh Samui situated at high levels and enjoys a mesmerizing view of the surrounding countryside. Those visiting the area and looking for a Samui Resort would be pleased with the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa and all it offers. Travelers staying here and looking for an interesting and unusual attraction to visit would do well to visit the secret Buddha Garden.
Nim Thongsuk was a Samui farmer specializing in fruits and especially the pungently aromatic durian fruit. Within the vast plot of family land in which Thongsuk engaged in his farming, he began to erect statues of all shapes and sizes, mainly of deities, animals, and human forms. This hobby of sorts which began in 1976 carried on till Thongsuk’s death at the age of 91.
The gardens are vast, spacious, lush with greenery and also includes several waterfalls and streams flowing through. Perhaps the best part about the garden is its seemingly unorganized nature with statues scattered haphazardly throughout the garden. However this arrangement lends a pleasant surprise at each new visit, as a different turn could lead you to a surprising new twist to the garden landscape.
The majority of statues have some form of history in Buddhist folklore and locals will be able to say a different story for each statue. Apart from this there are statues of Thongsuk himself.
Getting to the garden is via a bumpy and steep road and therefore a four wheel drive is strongly recommended. However the drive to the garden and the views from various areas of the garden are spectacular and well worth the visit. A leisurely walk in this magic garden is the ideal solution if you are looking out for a relaxing day out in Koh Samui.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.