Saturday, 4 August 2007

Some random impressions of Samui

Some random impressions of Samui

Here are some pictures of Samui of things that I bumped into or went to see/visit over the last few months.

In my recent article about the temple next to the Hin Lad waterfall in Nathon , here's a picture of the Nam Muang water fall, south of Lamai. It's a big waterfall with a nice basin at the bottom which is big and deep enough to swim in. During weekends it's busy with Thais and they like to hang out and picnic next to the water. On the road leading to the waterfall, there are various nice and simple restaurants that serve some good Esaarn fare, like Naam Tok, Laab or Kai Yang.

At the entrance to the waterfall, not far away from the ring road, there's this old coconut transporter. A real piece of history for Samui, trucks like this one carried all the coconuts around the island. Koh Samui was originally put on the map as the coconut supplier for pretty much all of Thailand, before it got known for it's beaches.

At Hin Ta - Hin Yaay (Grand Father and Grand Mother) in Lamai, this street musician was performing. A one man band for sure! I'll write an article sooner or later about Hin Ta and Hin Yaay.

Phone boots in Chaweng, Dutch style!

Blessing of a motorbike by a monk in Wat Plai Laem. When Thais buy new bikes or cars, they have to blessed by a monk. A full time day long task, which each temple pretty much caters for. Wat Plai Laem seems to be a pretty popular one and scenes like this can be observed all day long.

South of Lamai, between the waterfall and Lamai, this elephant (Chang in Thai) was just standing around next to the road.

The ring road between Chaweng and Lamai, you have been warned!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures,



Anonymous said...

Love the photo of the coconut carrier, and also the last shot. How very true!

Never knew they blessed the motorbikes though. It's not the machines that need divine intervention, it's their owners!

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Dave,

The last picture is so funny, couldn't beleive it when I saw it, some very good thinking of somebody there. Hilarious.

Funnily enough, there are also loads of signs which remember the tourists to drive on the left side of the road, but in reality the advice is more applicable to Thais, who tend to drive for long stretches against traffic at the wrong side of the road.
As you stated, it's not the bikes that need to be blessed, their drivers should be blessed with more rational thinking!

TIT = This is Thailand