With countless tourist attractions such as historical sites, old markets, indigenous lifestyle, the island of Koh Samui offers visitors a cultural treat, recounts Kahini Chakraborty
A destination rich in tranquility, breathtaking rich natural resources, long stretches of white sandy beaches with clear emerald waters, coral reefs and coconut trees, Koh Samui (Koh meaning island in Thai) is the perfect retreat for mind and body. The fascinating archipelago of 40 islands, Ang Thong National Marine park, which lies to the north west of Koh Samui houses beautiful natural caves, blue lagoons, stunning rock formations, an inland salt lake which is surrounded by ochre-coloured vertical walls, truly an unspoilt jewel for swimming and sea kayaking.
Apart from the exciting panorama, Koh Samui also has been a source of mirth and wonder with the rock formations- Hin Ta and Hin Yai, which are known as the famous Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai) – on the coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon. Folklore tells of a story of an old couple who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat and since it was time for the son to get married, the couple decided to sail to the neighbouring province to ask for the hand of the daughter of a man named Ta Monglai. During their sea journey, their boat capsized in the storm the couple died turning into rocks.