The secret Buddha garden in Samui was initiated in 1976 by Nim Thongsuk, a Durian cultivator who continued to expand the garden till his last breath at the age of 91. This garden is nestled among a thick jungle growth in Samui and consists of numerous Buddha statues and Buddha folklore statues of various types, sizes and poses. The little fresh water stream and waterfall that runs through the jungle along with the hidden mysteries of the environment makes it truly a “magical garden”. The road that leads to the garden is somewhat of a struggle and will be best helped by a 4WD.
What’s amazing is that, at a day and age where nature has to pay the price of development, this great artist has created his magic land with almost zero harm to the surrounding. Statues of various sizes are scattered all over the garden grounds, some behind trees, in between bushes or hidden behind rocks surprising its visitors. It is believed that each of these statues in the garden has a story of its own to be told. The statue of Nim Thongsuk himself can be found in a seating position among these creations. A walk in this amazing garden will surely make you feel like you’ve visited a magical land on top of the Magic Faraway Tree, a famous story book by the British author, Enid Blyton. If you are travelling to Thailand make sure to visit this spectacular garden created by the determination of one single man which is now admired by thousands of visitors world-wide, it sure is worth it.
The beauty and tranquillity surrounding the Lamai beach has definitely added a boost to the Samui resort industry, escalating the guest lists annually. Thailand, a country that aims high on the tourism industry is now looking at increasing facilities in Samui hotel complexes and adding more star class hotel chains to their accommodation lists leaving no room for regrets. Anantara Bophut Koh Samui is a spectacular paradise hide-away comprehensive of all modern facilities to gift you a blissful stay.
Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Caliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered.