Wednesday 25 February 2009

Hin Ta Hin Yai, Lamai

Hin Ta Hin Yai, Lamai

One of the better known tourist attractions on Samui and it takes me almost 3 years to write about it!
Here at last, is a review and some pictures of Hin Ta Hin Yai, or possibly better known amongst the English speakers as Grandfather stone and Grandmother stone.

It's located south-west of Lamai Beach, just off the 4169 ring road. Here's the entrance as seen from the ring road, it's another 4 or 500 meters before you get there. On your right hand side, after those 400 meters, there's a small parking lot, so it's no problem to visit by car.

Grandfather stone (Hin Ta) - two stone formations nearby each other - looking like an erect penis, see picture above and Grandmother stone (Hin Yai) , see picture below, looks like a vagina, hence their names.

It's always fairly busy down there and some days it's not possible to take the picture above due high waves and the water spraying around.

Besides the two stones, there's not really much to do except for visiting some souvenir shops and watching and listening to an old musician who seems to be there every day.

Most notable is the special candy which visitors can try for free, don't hesitate, it's worth a taste.
It's caramel based and it's a local Samui specialty and here at Hin Ta Hin Yai is one of the few places where you can get it on Samui.
It's part of the OTOP (One Tambon One Product) program, a local (nationwide Thai) entrepreneurship stimulus program to support the unique locally made and marketed products of each Thai tambon (subdistrict).
My wife loves this 'caramae' and always buys a couple of bags whenever we visit here!
If you visit Samui and you have a trip around the island, you just can't miss out on visiting Hin Ta Hin Yai!

1 comment:

MoniqueSamui said...

Ik kom er eigenlijk nooit, alleen laatst om er een serie van te maken, maar het uitzicht is prachtig! Trouwens, ben je al in Nathon geweest? We hebben gisteren heerlijk gegeten op de tijdelijke markt die is opgezet bij de nieuwe Seatranpier. Mijn man heeft me naar huis moeten rollen, zoveel lekkers was er te eten en ik moet natuurlijk alles proberen ;) Volgens mij nog tot de 28e, je moet alleen genoegen nemen met de luidsprekers op volle sterkte :)
@De voordelen wegen op tegen de nadelen ;) De Radja is sneller, korter bij huis 5 min. rijden) en met een retourticket kun je altijd met de eerstvolgende boot terug, terwijl je bij Seatran een tijd moet afspreken. Maar je hebt gelijk ... tis oude troep!