Today we went to Khanom, for a quick visit. An uncle of my wife's cousin's husband (you still with me?) passed away and we went in a 3 car convoy over to Khanom, where the cousin's husband originates from. We literally rolled off the ferry, hung a left in the first two curves we encountered and than it was just another 20 km's of straight road ahead of us, at the end of the road it was another two right turns and we there!
Khanom is located in the province of Surat Thani, just like Koh Samui. Earlier this year, in June, we stayed overnight at a hotel in Khanom after our trip to Nakhon Si Thammarat at one of the beaches that Khanom is known for.
It has been a while since we had a chance to get off Samui and this was a good enough excuse to get off the island again and every time it's such a relief to drive on a nice road where the car doesn't bump up and down every 10 meters once you reach the mainland!
What may be unusual to the Western eye, is the way Thais conduct funerals. Tents are pitched in front or near the deceased persons house and over a couple of days friends, foes and relatives come to visit and eat, until the day of the cremation, usually within a week after the person in question passed away. This is a sample of those tents, this one being a big and 'luxurious' version. It seems that the uncle was well known and there were messages from various prof. dr.'s from Uni's in Canada; Calgory, Montreal and Toronto were all present, as was Washington.