The Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks (also known as the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) would have to be one of the more unusual attractions to be found on Koh Samui in southern Thailand. Located along the Koh Samui coastline at the southern end of Lamai Beach these rock formations have the uncanny resemblance of both the male and female genitalia.
Hence, many tourists who visit Koh Samui seem to gravitate to this attraction just for a bit of fun and to take a photograph or two standing next to these unique rock formations.
While these rock formations have been shaped due to thousands of years of natural erosion by the elements, local legend has it that these rocks are totems; as they are said to represent an elderly couple from the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat named Ta Kreng and Yai Riem (i.e Grandfather and Grandmother).
The tragic tale has it that this elderly couple died at sea in a storm whilst on a journey to secure a bride for their son, who had reached an age to marry. The rock formations are said to bear testament to the bride's family of their true intentions.
A sign at the southern end of Lamai Beach points the way to this rock formation (see picture below).
There are also a number of restaurants and market stalls selling souvenirs at the southern end of Lamai Beach where this attraction is located. Souvenirs of the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks are for sale at several of these shops.
The best way to travel from Bangkok to Koh Samui is by plane. Samui International Airport which is privately owned by Bangkok Airways would have to be the most beautiful in southern Thailand. Opened in April 1989, the airport is located along the northern part of Koh Samui near Bophut Beach. Its airstrip measures 2,100 metres in length and the main terminal was designed to blend in with the island's natural flora and fauna.
inside travelers can relax and enjoy fine dining in an open air Thai
restaurant while other facilities include a post office and a souvenir
shop. Traditional Thai massage and spa facilities are also available
within this tranquil setting.
A number of carriers including Thai and Bangkok Airways fly to Samui International Airport.
The Hin Ta and Hin Yai rock formation can be accessed on foot from the southern end of Lamai Beach, and there are signs pointing the way.