Wildlife & Nature, Ko Samui
Right up the top, on almost the highest point of Ko Samui, is the Magic Garden. A haven of peace inhabited by flowers and butterflies and very few tourists. Also the main reason for the visit are the dozens of statues hidden away on the trails. There is also a refreshing small waterfall.
The garden was started only in 1977 by Nim Thongsuk and finished by his son in 20?? Don't believe the rubbish that is written on the web that these statues date from the Khmers, not true.....but it still makes for an interesting visit. Cost to enter is 80 baht for adults. We had kids of 7/8 with us and they didn't pay.
On some sites on Ko Samui you'll be told it is very dirty on a dusty road, you need a 4X4 to get up there, etc etc. Once again, not true. It is not an easy drive but doable in a 2WD with no problem. The easiest way is right opposite the Wat Kunaram temple take the concrete road for about 2 kms. At a fork there is a house/restaurant and you take the right fork (the left leads you to a military road and they don't always let you pass) and just carry on and on past the parking lot for the Wangsaothong watrefall (not worth the visit) and start looking for the signs for the Tar Nim waterfall. Don't take any left or rights until you are right on the top and you'll know you're there. It is about 5 kms from the temple at the bottom.
The web-site below is not the official one but relates well the history of the man and his son.
We just went there...I don't know where this place is but if I remember right they have signposts by the motorway. The road to the elephant trekking place was quite hideous, narrow and in a bad shape.
When you are staying in Samui or any of the other islands, a trek into the jungle is a great experience. It is an activity that not only provides great stuff to look at, but it is a very good workout at the same time.
While exploring the waterfalls on Koh Samui, I had the chance to get a good walk into the jungle in order to find it, but it was well worth it. We had to hike for about 45 minutes to the actual waterfall, but the sites along the way were amazing. The thick coconut palms are everywhere, as far as you can see in the distance. Along the way I also happened to see interesting plantlife, insects and even rock carvings.
This is an activity that a tourist to a tropical island must try. Be aware even after only walking for a couple minutes in the jungle, you will be wet, the air is very thick and humid. We happened to get to the waterfall just after it had rained and we all were drenched.
The end result was a great chance to see natural waterfalls in a tropical jungle setting, what more could you ask for? A person can do many things when here, but this somthing you have to experience to completely understand.
Well worth a visit if you fancy touring the interior of the island. It is situated on one of the highest points of the island. It is a very relaxing place to visit well off the beaten track.
It is also situated close to Peak Eye View restaurant which at over 600 metres above sea level offers great views of the Samui coastline.
The area is easy to reach. There is a tarmac road all the way although the road is steep in places so be prepared to get into 1st or 2nd gear when driving up there.
Drive along the main ring road between Nathon and Lamai and you will see a signpost.