Secret Buddha Garden

Koh Samui, Thailand

About Secret Buddha Garden In Koh Samui

The Secret Buddha Garden in Koh Samui, also known as the Magic Garden, is a serene and mystical place nestled in the island’s lush green hills. Created by Nim Thongsuk, a retired Thai fruit farmer, the garden was opened to the public in 1976, showcasing an array of intriguing statues and structures born from Thongsuk’s imagination. These sculptures range from depictions of Buddha and various deities to animals and mythical creatures, each telling its own story from Buddhist folklore and adding to the garden’s tranquil and spiritual atmosphere​​​​.

Visitors to the garden can expect to find a peaceful enclave filled with intricate stonework, such as the Laughing Buddha symbolizing happiness, the Sleeping Buddha representing tranquility, and Guardian Lions believed to ward off evil spirits. The garden is also adorned with spirit houses, waterfalls, pagodas, and a variety of stone statues, contributing to its picturesque ambiance​​.

The Secret Buddha Garden offers a unique blend of art, nature, and spirituality, making it a must-visit for those interested in Buddhist mythology, Thai folklore, and anyone looking for a tranquil escape. It’s recommended to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds and enjoy a quieter experience. Comfortable clothing and footwear are advised due to the garden’s uneven terrain and steps. There’s a small entry fee for maintenance purposes, and while there’s no strict dress code, modest and respectful attire is encouraged​​​.

  • Adventure
  • Day Trip
  • FREE
  • Garden
  • Nature
  • Outdoor
  • Statue
  • Temple / Religion

Secret Buddha Garden Reviews

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Caroline C
80 baht admission fee, bring cash because they do not take credit card nor have an ATM machine. We took a Grab here and it was quite difficult to get a Grab to leave here because it’s deep within the mountains. Best recommendation is to take an organized tour, rent a motorbike or to hire a private driver. We ended up hitchhiking onto a tour vehicle to get dropped off on the main street to be able to get a Grab. Otherwise we would have been stranded because it was impossible to call a taxi or Grab from this location.The place itself is peaceful and beautiful. There were waterfalls within the garden and stone figurines located throughout. There were also stone houses to explore. There was no explanation or placard highlighting the details of this place. Some knowledge of its history would have been nice.
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Dmitry G.
Love this place and the road, especially in low season when its not crowded. Shade of trees, sound of water, and fantastic sculptures. It took about 15 minutes to walk around, but there are many places to sit and to enjoy this beautiful nature for longer.
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Ilya Lebedev
Truly a magic garden full of magnificent statues and plants. It is small but very charming. Don't be afraid to visit it during noon as trees will save you from the heat and it's always chilly there by the river. Be careful not to slip on the rocks! Entrance is 80 baht. Totally worth a visit if you are in Samui.
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Yeah it’s an okay visit. 80 baht, we stayed for about 15-20 minutes. The scooter ride there is quite funThey seem to have big groups of tour people coming in waves, so it’s pretty crowded if you are unlucky and get in the middle of thoseGood parking for scooters at least
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Johan Strydom
Pretty interesting place to visit when in Koh Samui. It’s a nice walk down with beautiful statues to see. It’s all nestled in a forest. It looks like it can get pretty crowded. I’d also avoid going midday as it was extremely hot down there. Not the easiest of places to access with little ones, so be careful