Friday, April 01, 2016

Samui Sightseeing

For the two weeks we were in Samui, we could barely pull ourselves away from our beach villa, and we certainly never left our lovely Bang Po Beach. But on the last day, we had no choice, and we had basically all day before our flight out, so we hired a driver and decided to circumnavigate the island and see some of the sights. What we saw ranged from the gorgeous to the bizarre to the slightly inappropriate. We had a great day and felt it was just the right amount of sightseeing.

The Elephant Gate

We happened upon this cute little chocolate shop,
where a Ukrainian couple makes a variety of Thai chocolates. 

Na Muang Falls

~The Mummified Monk~
Apparently, this monk died while meditating, after predicting the very day of his death.
 The local Buddhist community concluded that that was the ultimate in faithfulness
and decided to preserve and enshrine his body, which is now on display for all to see.

~Guan Yu~
Chinese general turned deity

~Hinta Hinyai~
Translated "Grandpa, Grandma" and so named because of the similarity
in appearance to the male and female genitalia. Our boys didn't really get "hinyai,"
but they had no trouble identifying "hinta" and, of course, thought it was hilarious.
(Didn't I warn you that some of the sights were inappropriate?!)

We had a to take a little break from our sightseeing to enjoy
homemade coconut ice cream served in real coconut bowls.

A stop simply called "The Viewpoint,"
with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Thailand

Koh Samui's Big Buddha and several of his interesting statuary friends

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