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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Spa
“A fun place to indulge the beauty that offers dancers and sun bathers alike”
  • 32 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Secret Buddha Garden is hidden away high in the hills in Koh Samui's interior, offering majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family's verdant land. The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of Khun Nim himself, in a relaxed position sitting on a rock. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91. The garden surroundings are cool and peaceful, with a waterfall and stream flowing through, all shaded by thick jungle foliage. The Secret Buddha Gardens are found in Samui's interior, to the north-west of Lamai Beach. With the steep and bumpy road, getting up here is a challenge best done in a 4WD vehicle. Many visitors choose to come here on a day trip that includes a tour of the gardens. Secret Buddha Garden, also known as Heaven's Garden or Magic Garden, is the kind of place where each visit brings some new discoveries. With statues of all shapes and sizes scattered around the grounds, a wrong turn or a closer look behind a tree may yield yet another hidden surprise. During his working years, the Garden's founder Khun Nim was known as an innovative durian farmer, who helped Samui become famous for this prized pungent fruit. Upon his retirement he opened his family's land to the public and assembled a team to develop the garden, sculpting many figures representing mainly Buddhist folklore. Each statue has a story to tell, and most Thais will know the meaning and mythology behind these evocative works of art. Secret Buddha Garden sits atop the Tar Nim Waterfall peak. The views from within gardens and on the road leading up to it are spectacular, with many stops to enjoy the island panorama along the way. Location: Secret Buddha Garden is found on a hilltop, just off Route 4169 (ring road) at Baan Saket. Remarks: If visiting Secret Buddha Garden on your own, the entry fee is 80 baht per person. How to get there: In Baan Saket, get on the air force road leading up to Ta Nim Waterfall. The road turns into a dirt track for the last 400 metres of the ascent. There are many signs along the way. Only experienced drivers should attempt the road, best done in a 4WD vehicle. Those who do not wish to make the trip themselves can visit the gardens as part of an adventure day trip such as a jungle/safari tour or ATV ride. These are easily arranged with most tour agents on Samui. There are some steep paths and a lot of steps to get around within the gardens, so those with limited mobility may find it a challenge.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Nature
“Good fun for the entire family. Mingle with canaries, parrots and other animals small and big. Bring your swim suit, there is a pool with an awesome view. Note: The location on the map is incorrect”
  • 9 locals recommend
Nature
“Lipa Noi is definitively the most heavenly : sand is really white and thin, sea is transparent, a lot of coconut trees line this beach. We recommend this place for solo or couples who want to relax in an amazing landscape. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“Beautiful outdoor museum and garden featuring fine arts and sculptures collected from around Thailand. This spot is a great place to get stunning pictures especially the magnificent entrance where many people take their wedding photos.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
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“Relaxed vibe beachside on lovely quiet Lipa Noi beach, seating under the big african almond tree, tables and chairs and beanbags on offer, huge western andnthai menu, great fruit shakes. Its a fab place to spend the day at and enjoy the beach for a walk and swim”
  • 8 locals recommend
Corner Shop
Sublocality
  • 3 locals recommend
Transportation
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Travel Agency
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“High up on the islands highest mountain - near the Peak Eye View cafe, so combine the 2 on a trip up there. Interesting and unusual place ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Pier
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“Peak Eye View - the highest point on the island. If the weather is clear the views are stunning - don't go if its a cloudy day. Need a car or take a taxi. Suggest don't try to go up on a scooter. Stop for a drink and eat lunch in one of the restaurants up there. The Magic Garden (or Secret Garden) is close by and also worth a visit while you are up there. Follow the signs along the road”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Café
“Relaxed vibe beachside on lovely quiet Lipa Noi beach, seating under the big african almond tree, tables and chairs and beanbags on offer, huge western andnthai menu, great fruit shakes. Its a fab place to spend the day at and enjoy the beach for a walk and swim”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“One of my favourite places to eat. Excellent food, both western and thai. Very good value. Open for lunch and dinner. I really enjoy eating here - it is family-run with very friendly and efficient staff.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Lodging
“A wonderful place to eat, sitting by a white sandy beach. I recomend you stick to western food (which is tasty and fresh), as the thai is not as good as in the other restaurants. They have a buffet breakfast too, from 7.30am. Prices are very reasonable.”
  • 1 local recommends

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