Hin Ta and Hin Yai are two of the most famous rocks in Thailand and are also referred to as Grandmother (Yai) and Grandfather (Ta) rock.
This spot has been the source of many a giggle for tourists visiting Koh Samui due their uncanny resemblance to the male and female genitalia. How they came to appear on the island is the result of a tragic but beautiful tale of folklore that you can read all about on the information board near the site.
The tale tells of an older couple who wished their son to become married. On a journey to a neighbouring island where they intended to request the hand of the daughter of a man who lived there, they were struck by a storm. Unable to swim ashore they died at sea, and instead became the grandfather and grandmother rocks that remain today – a message to the father of their son’s bride-to-be of their intentions.
The rock formation itself allows for beautiful views over the ocean and to neighbouring islands. The small white-sand beach is not suitable for swimming but is the ideal place to dip your toes and cool down under the hot sun.