Samui has a few sights worth seeing, or rather a few sights I wanted to see. The island has these cool genitalia shaped rock formations and a mummified monk…both sounded pretty interesting & a little gross. It also has a few religious monuments and a couple of waterfalls which Lil wanted to see. So, we found a 6 hour tour that went to them all plus a few other stops on the way but those aren’t worth mentioning. Here are the ones that are.
Wat Plai Laem is a temple with a Chinese-style ginormous 18-armed Buddha & a ginormous fat Buddha (sorry if I’m not being politically correct.)
Wat Phra Yai is another temple displaying a giant Thai-style Buddha, and in the past was unreachable except by boat. Today it’s easily accessible. Thank you tourism!
Loung Pordaeng, the mummified monk, sits in the same meditative position he died in over 20 years ago. He does wear sunglasses now, which he was not wearing when he died but the Thais thought he was a bit creepy without the glasses. I think I would probably concur.
Hin Yai and Hin Ta also known as the Grandmother & Grandfather rocks are the name of the two genitalia shaped formations on Samui. Our guide told us that this couple, very much in love, was caught in a storm and prayed to the Buddha and were then turned into the rocks. I read online that the reason the couple were on a boat were to visit a neighboring island to ask for a wife for their son. The storm hit and the rocks are now there as symbol of their true intentions. True or not, the rocks were cool. And don’t tell me they both don’t look like mhmm and mhmmm!
We didn’t spend much time at Namuang Waterfall or get to swim since there was only a small wading area and a ton of people, but maybe on Friday Lil will get her chance to swim at some falls when we go quadding!
We also stopped at a viewpoint to check out the island! Here’s Lil saying hello..and a few Thais who asked us to join their photo…
Guess what tonight is!?! FULL MOON!! Tomorrow night we go to the infamous FULL MOON PARTY. They aren’t having it today because it’s a Buddhist holiday. WOOT WOOT!