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Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : THB 80 per person

Secret Buddha Garden, Koh Samui, Koh Samui Overview

Located in Surat Thani province in Koh Samui, the Secret Buddha Garden is a private sculpture park set atop one of the highest peaks on the island. Also called the ‘Heaven's Garden’ or the ‘Magic Garden’, it was created by Nim Thongsuk, an old fruit farmer, who began building the garden in 1976 at his family's land and continued building it up until his death. Set amidst lush jungle foliage, there are waterfalls and streams along with statues of Buddha hidden in plain site.

The main highlight of the Secret Buddha Garden is the group of angel and musician statues. Apart from this, there are statues depicting different aspects of Thai Buddhism, along with snakes, birds, and other animals. The verdant garden also houses the statue of Nim Thongsuk's parents and his own tomb. Since the Secret Buddha Garden is nestled atop a hill, the view from the garden and the way leading upto it is stunning.

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Tips

1. As this isn’t a religious place, there isn’t a dress code to be followed. However, it’s recommended to wear pants as walking in the wilderness is involved.
 2. Many travellers complain about mosquitos and bug bites after a few hours in the garden. It’s advised to carry bug spray.

How To Reach Secret Buddha Garden

The Secret Buddha Garden is located 500 metres above sea level on a hilltop in Surat Thani Province. To reach, follow Route 4169 leading up to Ta Nim Waterfall. The last 400 metres from Wat Khunaram temple near Lamai are dirt tracks. The overall uphill drive will take anywhere between one and a half hour to two hours. It’s considered dangerous terrain, so rent a 4x4 vehicle and only experienced drivers should attempt to drive here.

Layout of Secret Buddha Garden

The Secret Buddha Garden is the creation of a durian fruit farmer named Nim Thongsuk. In 1976, he began erecting statues of animals, deities, and humans around his family’s land. The statues are found all over the place, some hidden by trees and foliage, others decorated by streams and little temples. Nim Thongsuk spent decades perfecting this garden, making it a fascinating location to explore. 

The statues are of birds, snakes, animals and humans, but most are dedicated to Buddhist folklore. Most Thais will understand the mythology behind each of the statues. Cheekily, Nim Thongsuk also included statues of himself and his family, such as statues of his parents, his father holding his hand, and himself sitting on a rock. The garden is quite large in size and there’s plenty to be discovered. The statues are nestled in the middle of the wilderness amongst coconut plantations, durian farms, and wild foliage. They are placed in a random pattern with little guidance. There is also a water stream diving the garden into half and small waterfalls.

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