“ Take a two hour tour through the jungle and discover the 'Secret Buddha Garden' located in the hills of Samui. Built in 1976 by a 77 year old fruit farmer. „
During a recent trip to Thailand I decided to visit the popular Island of Ko Samui for a few days, I think it was something that I read about it being the Island of coconuts that attracted me and of course it is known for its beautiful beaches.
It is about 700km South of Bangkok and the flight took about one hour twenty minutes.
I spent most of my time lazing on the beach but on my last day I booked a jungle tour to take me up into the hills one particular place that we visited was the Magic Buddha Garden.
This Buddhist grotto was built by a fruit farmer called Nae Nim Tongsuk, he started it in 1976 when he was 77 years old and it took him 15 years to complete.
When he died he was buried behind the formation of statues in the garden.
****Magic Buddha Garden****
The locals call it Uncle Nimm's Magic garden, it is full of mythical creatures and Buddha's all made of concrete, set in a lush valley with a superb waterfall running right through the middle of it.
There is a small house in the garden with two rooms one on each floor, the statues in here are impressive but outside there is about 48 statues built into a formation.
Take a camera because it is quite beautiful and knowing that one man of such a great age built them all himself will take you back a bit.
It is quite hard to get to and we were advised to take an organised tour because there is only one tarmac road and that is for the military.
Apparently sometimes they allow you through to visit the garden but it depends how the winds blowing that day, and the only other way through is on a rough hilly road impossible unless you are in a good four by four jeep.
I took one of the many tours on offer costing 1000 Baht that is about 16.50 so well worth it for keeping safe and seeing a few sights.
We were let through at the military check point, I think they favour the tour operators to self driving tourists and I also got the impression that a few notes were quickly exchanged.
There is a small car park at the gardens and a toilet which was very clean.
I did not notice any sign for entrance fees but there was a bowl on a small wooden table just by the exit I presume this was for tips and a couple of Baht is always appreciated by the friendly staff.
A good pair of shoes is advisable to walk around the garden; it is unsuitable for wheelchairs and children's buggies.
Well worth a visit, the drive itself took two hours from Lamai passing banana plantations and climbing the steep hills I thoroughly enjoyed it for an afternoon out and a rest from the red hot beach.
It is a cool shaded spot and the sound of the waterfall was wonderful in such peaceful surroundings.
Would I go back? Yes I think I would, I could not get over the beauty of the place and to think it was lovingly built by one single man.
Take a two hour tour through the jungle and discover the 'Secret Buddha Garden' located in the hills of Samui. Built in 1976 by a 77 year old fruit farmer.