Koh Samui is an island a bit off the southern end of Thailand with miles of sandy beaches, blue lagoons and clear waters. Mainly accessible by boat, it is the 3rd largest island of the Ang Thong National Park. Despite its size it holds a surprising number of interesting visitor attractions – one of them being a Garden of Rock Statues.
Also known as the Magic or Secret Statue Garden, it was a personal project by a local farmer named Nim Thongsuk. He started to erect statues around his family land located north west of Lamai Beach in 1976 and did not stop until his death at 91 years of age. Reaching the garden is an expedition in itself and the long drive on a rough, hilly road thickly flanked by trees probably earned the ‘secret’ part of its name. But at the end of the rather difficult journey, is a wonderful surprise.
Stone statues rise up among the lush green surroundings, creating a magical ambiance in the garden. Ornate lions crouch beside a rocky pond where stone fish covered with moss pose in the stream. Figurines with decorated headwear form a band of musicians, each playing a unique instrument. Waterfalls and streams guide cooling water through the garden, where it is always a few degrees cooler than in sunlight. Stroll around the lot to discover statues that are half hidden among the undergrowth, or standing on a boulder. Local flora lightens up the garden which is very peaceful if many visitors are not around.
An entrance fee has to be paid and it is recommended that you reach the Secret Statue Garden as early as possible to beat the crowds. It is an easy day trip for travellers to the island who choose to stay at a Samui hotel and definitely worth a visit. The island’s many wonders can be explored while staying at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui. Enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment or take to the seas in snorkelling, diving, fishing and kayaking to explore the beautiful waters surrounding the island. Luxury, comfort and stunning views all come together to give you an unforgettable holiday experience at this Samui resort.