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Napasai, Koh Samui, Thailand

Local Attractions

The island of Koh Samui and its sister islands off the Gulf of Thailand offer many attractions for the visitor. Local guides will create a custom day itinerary so that you can make the most of your time in the region.

 

Na Tian Butterfly Farm

For an enchanting experience, visit the Na Tian Butterfly Farm at Laem Set, in southern Samui. Thousands of multicoloured butterflies live in a natural garden protected by a large net cage. In the grounds of the park you can also visit traditional Thai beehives and an insect museum.

 

Waterfalls

The rocky nature of Koh Samui lends itself to breathtaking waterfalls. Na Muang is actually two sister falls, the first accessible by road and a short walk up a natural rock staircase, and the second further upstream is accessible only by foot, or on elephant, up rocks and through jungle. The first falls, known simply as Na Muang one, is an 18 metre drop but the elder sister is a staggering 80 metre drop, cascading over ledges into a deep pool. If you hike a little further still to the top of the mountain there's a crystal clear lagoon to dip into and cool off after your uphill walk, creating a natural horizon pool it offers an unspoilt vista of the whole island.

The other waterfall on the island, Hin Lad, is a two mile trek from Nathon. Though not particularly exciting in the hot dry months of February to April, in the wet season this is a very pretty fall, with a pool popular for swimming.

 

Secret Buddha Garden

The ancient Buddhist religion is well represented on the island, with numerous intriguing sites worthy of interest. This is one such site. The Secret Buddha Garden is hidden, nestled amid dense tropical vegetation high up in the hills of Koh Samui. Built by a fruit farmer, native of the island, it is replete with statues, temples and waterfalls, all dedicated to the Buddha.

Also known as the Magic Garden, it is barely accessible by motor vehicle. Even an experienced off-road driver would find it challenging to say the least. The best approach is to join a jungle safari and trek up the hills to the location on elephant back. 

 

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