If you happen to be in or around the beautiful southern Thailand coast of Koh Samui, there is a great eco-destination there called the Samui Butterfly Garden. Located near a hill at Laem Natien, the butterfly garden features literally hundreds of different kinds of butterflies, both common and exotic.
This tropical park, which also overlooks the coast, is a picturesque and educational place to learn more about the regional habitat as well as take a relaxing stroll through a wonderfully manicured area. In addition to butterflies, the garden is home to a number of other attractions that includes various kinds of insects such as moths as bees, housed in the Insect Museum and Bee House respectively.
Once there, you may regret it if you do not bring your camera as the butterflies and other creatures of the garden are surrounded by a landscape filled with foliage and exotic plants.
One of the nice things here is that access to the garden is quite easy since it is located by the beach. There is also a boat tour with a glass-bottom for checking out the coral reefs—great if you are not so keen on getting wet.
A lot of folks that take the time to visit Koh Samui tend to have a car, so that is the easiest way to get there; otherwise you can easily grab a bus from Bangkok. Hours for the park change depending on the season, luckily high season lasts from November to March, so the hours are longer, from 9am to 5pm.
- Contributed by John Reality