Secret Buddha Garden

Attraction Ko Samui, Thailand Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Nature
Theme Park
Kids
0.07 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Secret Garden is a beautiful landscaped garden featuring flowers and trees native to Koh Samui and Thailand and many Buddha statues with different meanings.

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Why Secret Buddha Garden is special ?

Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. 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. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.


During his working years, the Garden's founder Khun Nim was known as an innovative durian farmer, who helped Samui become famous for this prized pungent fruit. Upon his retirement he opened his family's land to the public and assembled a team to develop the garden, sculpting many figures representing mainly Buddhist folklore. Each statue has a story to tell, and most Thais will know the meaning and mythology behind these evocative works of art.


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What to explore at Secret Buddha Garden?

The garden surroundings are cool and peaceful, with a waterfall and stream flowing through, all shaded by thick jungle foliage. The Secret Buddha Gardens are found in Samui's interior, to the north-west of Lamai Beach. With the steep and bumpy road, getting up here is a challenge best done in a 4WD vehicle. Many visitors choose to come here on a day trip that includes a tour of the gardens.

Secret Buddha Garden is the kind of place where each visit brings some new discoveries. With statues of all shapes and sizes scattered around the grounds, a wrong turn or a closer look behind a tree may yield yet another hidden surprise.

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.

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How to get to Secret Buddha Garden?

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 or ATV ride. These are easily arranged with most tour agents on Samui. There are some steep paths and a lot of steps to get around within the gardens, so those with limited mobility may find it a challenge.

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Selling points

  • “Chillout place”
  • “Out of a fairy tale, with great coffee”
  • “Very lovely garden”
  • “A must-visit”
  • “The Secret Garden”
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
151.66 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • The road is steep in spots and not suitable for motorcycles
    Transportation
  • The site is a popular tourist attraction despite its remoteness and difficult final climb.
    Experience
  • The journey takes about 2 hours starting at the back of the Lamai temple and is only recommended for experienced "outdoor" drivers.
    Experience
  • Make sure you wear sensible footwear, its very steep all the way through and slippery in places.
    What to wear
  • Secret Buddha Garden is found on a hilltop, just off Route 4169 (ring road) at Baan Saket.
    Location
  • If visiting Secret Buddha Garden on your own, the entry fee is 80 baht per person
    Ticket and Pricing
  • The road up to the trailhead LEADING to the Garden is on Route 4169 between Hua Thanon and Na Mueang, immediately opposite Wat Khunaram
    Things nearby

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It is well worth finding this gem. Its is nestled in the mountains and the stone figurines you can find and old buildings give it a very eery but nice athmosphere. Bonus: It took a while to find it and we were a bit tired, so we had a coffee at the souvenir shop. We did not expect much, based on our coffee experiences so far, This is in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain, a small shop and no other buildings around, yet they served the best coffee on the entire Thailand trip! With a proper large Italian machine.

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This is a very small (we spent 15-20 mins here) place but worth it if you love a photo opportunity. Its a bit like something out of Tomb Raider, everywhere you look theres statues big and small. Its not such a secret though. I would advise going either first thing in the morning or late afternoon as it is on the route of many of the day excursion packages and it really isn't big enough to cope with all the people. It is worth a visit, make sure you wear sensible footwear though, its very steep all the way through and slippery in places.

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I was really looking forward to going here, with an 80bht entrance fee who could complain. Well unfortuanly...me. Over crowded, hardly anything to see, no explanation as to its origins or age... And dangerous! Climbing over rocks to see what was yonder as we did not believe that could be it...it was and on the way a friend slipped and hurt herself. A lot much better things to spend your time travelling to see than this big dissapointment.Blonde in the big worldXx

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It is well worth finding this gem. Its is nestled in the mountains and the stone figurines you can find and old buildings give it a very eery but nice athmosphere. Bonus: It took a while to find it and we were a bit tired, so we had a coffee at the souvenir shop. We did not expect much, based on our coffee experiences so far, This is in the middle of nowhere, on a mountain, a small shop and no other buildings around, yet they served the best coffee on the entire Thailand trip! With a proper large Italian machine.

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