Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks

Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imitating Art, especially the Art of the Ribald. But in Thailand anything is possible including, on Koh Samui, the natural geological formations known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks (the Grandpa and Grandma rocks), which look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.

landscape at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui. These rock formations are in the shape of male and female genitalia

The beachside rocks, located between Lamai and Hua Thanon, raise indulgent chuckles or embarrassed titters from those who go to see them. Even stranger, they are close to one another, giving rise to a convenient legend explaining how they came into being.


Close to the Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks is a small white beach. Itís not really suitable for swimming, but itís a good place to go to cool feet that are hot from sightseeing. The view is also beautiful, looking out across the sea to nearby islands.

Naturally, a small souvenir industry has grown up around Hin Ta and Hin Yai, with stalls selling clothes, postcards, drinks and snacks including a must-try Thai sweet called 'galamae'. There is a convenient parking and there is no charge for looking at these unusual rocks.

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