Ta - Hin Yai:
Famous rock formation
These unusual formations are known as the Grandfather and
Grandmother Rocks. The site is a popular attraction for locals
and tourists alike because of their close resemblance to male
and female genitals.
Their formation and shape have been personified into a local
tale describing their existence on the island.
The story goes that an old couple's boat wrecked and sunk
in the bay, where their bodies washed ashore and created these
strange rocks. Whatever their origin though, your pictures
will no doubt make for some interesting conversation when
shown to friends back home.
Hin Lat Falls are located 2 Km south of Nathon Town on the
east coast's route 4172. From the main road it is about a
3-Km walk down a jungle path to get to the falls. It's recommended
that you wear tough shoes and leg protection for the walk.
Found amidst a tropical rainforest setting, the falls will
quickly make you forget the concrete jungle you left behind.
There are several cascades which tumble down into a large
pool below. At the bottom, the water is cold and indeed very
refreshing. If you feel adventurous enough, carry along your
swimming togs and cool off after a balmy trek.
The secret Buddha garden is hidden in the hills of Samui.
You can see several statues, temples and waterfalls, all of
which were built by one man over the last 20 years.
On your own it's well worth the trip. But as the only way
to get to the temple is by a military road, getting there
can be difficult if it is closed.
The only other way to get to the garden is by four-wheel-drive,
traversing jungle, rivers and mountains. Starting in Lamai
at the back of the main temple, the journey takes around 2
hours. It can be a fun outing for the adventure-minded. However,
if you are intent on exploring the temple this way, you should
be experienced in cross-country or off-road driving; otherwise
carry a mobile phone (hopefully with a GPS tracker!) in case
you get stuck.
Another and perhaps less stressful way of getting to the
site, is by joining one of the many jungle tours offered by
travel agencies and resorts. Contact a few places to compare
Aquarium and Tiger Zoo:
King size grouper
Located in Hua Thanon, the aquarium hosts many local species
of coral fishes, huge cat fishes and several sharks as leopard
or black tip shark.
Once you have been browsing the tanks in a long and dark
gallery, you will suddenly come out in a brighter place with
tigers and leopards in rather small and hot cages. Fortunately,
a sign mentioned that felins are only held temporarely in
this cages and will return to a wider park in the back of
After enjoying the impressive size of those "cats"
you will be invited to a bird show, where parrots, hornbills,
sea hawks and eagles or even otters will perform some amusing
trick for you pleasure.... if they are in the mood.
This tiger isn't going to bite you...
Then it's time for the inevitable photo with the tiger (Mainly
to impress your friends). 100 baht per person with your camera,
200 baht with the zoo's Polaroid. Money goes to the Tiger's
Foundation, so you will even feel better.
On the way out, don't fortget to say "hi" to the
few birds and monkeys in smaller cages accross the parking,
some of the parrots are quite friendly and their tongues have
some funny behaviour.
Perched on a hillside in the southeast corner of the island
is Na Tian Butterfly Garden.
Here you can see some of the most spectacular butterfly species
on earth in the garden's excellent collection. Make sure not
to forget your camera!
There are other interesting features in the garden, including
a bee house which allows visitors to observe the activities
of bees, and an insect museum where colorful and strangely
shaped insects from Thailand and other countries abound.
A must-see for almost anyone visiting the island. Follow
the road signs to get to their location in Taling Ngam, south
of Nathon. Shows start at 11 am and 2 pm everyday.
The shows feature snakes indigenous to Samui, as well as
some of the more poisonous and scarier species found throughout
Asia. Included are displays of centipedes and scorpions, as
well as demonstrations of the famous Thai Cock Fighting show.
The programs are both informative and entertaining in typical
Thai fashion. Great fun for the entire family; just make sure
your child doesn't bring home any live souvenirs...
Discover how pearls are cultured. A 30-minute boat ride from
Ban Thong Krut landing will bring you to Koh Matsum and the
Naga Pearl Farm.
After you learn about pearl culture, you will enjoy eating
Thai food and then spend the afternoon on the white sandy
beach. Don't miss the Naga Pearl Shop, located at 81/1 Ban
Thong Krut, where many varieties of pearls and pearl products
are offered. Pearl shells and special handicrafts are wonderful
gifts to bring back home.
A house made of teakwood without any nails can be visited
at Ban Thale. This is the oldest house on the island, built
approximately 150 years ago. It is constructed of teak planks
and features many beautiful woodcarvings.
Mountain View Point:
A unique view if you feel adventurous...
A little further south of Nathon Town on the west coast is
the way to "Best Mountain View Point", culminating
at 467 m. It can be somewhat difficult to find the entrance,
which is shortly past Wat Chaeng temple, on the left hand
side of the main road (route 4169). Look for the sign "Tazan
View" (this is not a spelling mistake). If you feel confident
in your driving skills, you can try the 6-Km drive to eat
a simple but nice lunch on a wooden terrace overlooking Maenam
and Bophut Bay. Weather permitting, you may catch a splendid
bird's eye view of Phangan Island. The first five kilometers
are nicely paved, but be aware that the last kilometer is
rather steep, slippery and dusty (not recommended in case
of rain). If you don't feel like taking a risk but still want
to have a look, many travel shops on the beachfront road next
to the pier conduct well-organized tours in land rovers with
One of the stadiums on Samui is in Chaweng, just off the
road leading to the Reggae Pub from the main road. The stadium
opens every Monday and Friday at 6 pm with matches until 9
pm. Another small stadium is located at the center of Lamai
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