Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks
Art often imitates Nature, but less common
is Nature imitating Art, especially the Art
of the Ribald. But in Thailand anything is
possible including, on Koh Samui, the
natural geological formations known as Hin
Ta and Hin Yai Rocks (the Grandpa and
Grandma rocks), which look, respectively,
like male and female genitalia.
landscape at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. These
rock formations are in the shape of male and
The beachside rocks, located between Lamai
and Hua Thanon, raise indulgent chuckles or
embarrassed titters from those who go to see
them. Even stranger, they are close to one
another, giving rise to a convenient legend
explaining how they came into being.
Close to the Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks is a
small white beach. Itís not really suitable
for swimming, but itís a good place to go to
cool feet that are hot from sightseeing. The
view is also beautiful, looking out across
the sea to nearby islands.
Naturally, a small souvenir industry has
grown up around Hin Ta and Hin Yai, with
stalls selling clothes, postcards, drinks
and snacks including a must-try Thai sweet
called 'galamae'. There is a convenient
parking and there is no charge for looking
at these unusual rocks.