Friday Foto: Hin Ta & Hin Yai [Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks]

Koh Samui, Thailand

My friend is currently on her honeymoon in Thailand, and one of her destinations is Koh Samui. The other day her Facebook status said, "Time to go see some...interesting looking rocks." I chuckled when I read it because I knew exactly what she meant. While we were on vacation last fall, we saw the same rocks, Hin Ta & Hin Yai, more popularly known as Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks. These natural rock formations strangely resemble male and female reproductive genitalia. Naturally, there is a legend that describes how these fascinating rocks came to existence. According to a folklore:

An old couple by the name of Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since their son had come of age, they felt that it was time to get married.
One day they decided to sail to neighboring province of Prachuap Khiri Khan to ask for the hand of Ta Monglai's daughter. During their sea journey, their boat was seized by a storm. The old man and his wife were unable to swim ashore. They died at sea—turning into rocks as proof to the would be bride's parents of their true intentions.
—Site Sign
Learning about the story made the site more beautiful and less awkward. In fact, despite the interesting formations, the view from the cliffs separating Lamai Beach and Hua Thanon is amazing.
Just a tip: If you visit Hin Ta & Hin Ya, there is a road filled with souvenir and food vendors that leads to the cliffs. Try the kalamae, a coconut dessert—it's delicious! My favorite is the green kalamae, which is made with pandan leaves, so it's not as sweet, but still oh-so-good!

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