Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks (Hin Yai/Hin Ta)
According to local lore, the rocky formations are the shipwrecked bodies of an elderly couple that turned to stone. It is believed that the man and woman were on their way to ask a young woman for her hand in marriage on behalf of their son. But their boat was caught in a storm and they died at sea. As legend goes, the rocks are proof of their true intentions. Guided tours of Koh Samui usually include a stop at Lamai Beach to see the Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks.
Things to know before you go
- Ta means grandfather and Yai means grandmother.
- The small beach near the rocks is not suitable for swimming but you can dip your feet in the pools.
- Because this is a popular attraction, you’ll find plenty of souvenir stands selling drinks and snacks here.
How to get there
The Grandmother and Grandfather Rocks are located along the sands of Lamai Beach on Koh Samui’s southern east coast, by the Hua Thanon fishing village, about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) south of central Lamai Beach. From the road, follow the trail lined with souvenir stalls to the rocks. You can also easily grab a taxi to get here.
When to get there
On Sunday evenings at Lamai Beach, visit the popular night market where vendors sell all sorts of wares, plus there are a lot of street food stalls to browse. Peak tourist season in Koh Samui is from December to February, thanks to the warm temperatures, sunny days, and lack of rain.
After Chaweng Beach, Lamai is Koh Samui’s most popular beach. Once a haven for backpackers, the beach has become more developed in recent years, but still maintains more of a relaxed setting as compared to Chaweng. The waters here are deep and clear, which makes it attractive to those looking to swim.