Five Sites Not to Miss in Koh Samui

When going on a holiday, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the destination in advance, so you can make the maximum of your time there. Before your trip to Las Vegas, be sure to check the gambling and drinking ago limit, and upon planning your visit to New York or Paris, make a list of all the museums, galleries and theaters you don’t want to miss, etc. The same goes for a number of popular tourist destinations, from famous locations like Rome – only well-prepared tourists will be able to use the most of their time in the Eternal City – to exotic spots like Koh Samui, where a lot of people don’t think outside the “beach and sea” box. But, there are a lot of things do to on this resort island located near the East coast of Thailand’s Malay Peninsula, so here are some of the best places to visit.

Secret Buddha Garden - Five Sites Not to Miss in Koh Samui
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Secret Buddha Garden

The very name of this place gives on open clue to what it really is, but there’s more to the Secret Buddha Garden besides an intriguing name. Also known under several other names – Tarnim Magic Garden and Heaven’s Garden – this private sculpture park is located on one of the highest points of Koh Samui. While this is not a temple per se but more of a park/garden area, it does feature an abundant number of statues that present Buddha and Buddhism in various forms, sizes and angles. It’s hidden in the central part of the island and thus not openly present for all tourists, but leaning more to those adventurous ones. Started in late 1970s, this garden now presents a special combination of peacefulness and excitement and tourists enjoy both the path to it as well as statues of animals, deities and even a tomb of the founder. Continue reading “Five Sites Not to Miss in Koh Samui”