Grandfather Rock Koh Samui (also known as Hin Ta & Hin Yai rocks, meaning grandfather & grandmother rocks) is a popular tourist attraction that is known for its rock formations which look like male and female genitals. Tourists from all over Koh Samui flock to take photos of the bizarre formations. If you look past the large rocks then you’ll also see a beautiful rock pool which looks amazing in photos.
How to get to Grandfather Rock Koh Samui
To get to Koh Samui, we used 12Go to book an overnight train and ferry from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Grandfather rock (Hin Ta & Hin Yai rock) is located at the end of Lamai Beach and is easily accessible from all areas of Koh Samui. We rented bikes for 150 Baht per day and drove ourselves to the rocks. From our accommodation in Chaweng Beach it took us roughly 20 minutes. We saw plenty of tour groups at this tourist spot. However you don’t need a guide to walk around the area.
Where to stay in Koh Samui
The most popular area to stay in Koh Samui is on the east side of the island, close to Chaweng beach. We stayed close to the Samui Poshtel and found it to be the perfect spot. If you’re not on a budget then you can check out the resorts in the area such as The Samui Beach Resort as well as Baan Talay Resort.
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Grandfather Rock Koh Samui fees
There is no entrance fee to view the rocks. Although you will have to pay 10 Baht parking fee if you drive yourself. There are plenty of food stalls and locals selling coconut ice cream, however most of it is overpriced. For a small bottle of water it cost 20 Baht.
What to expect
Grandfather Rock Koh Samui is a super unique and funny sight to see on the island. From 9am it was completely full of other tourists walking around and taking photos. As soon as you enter past all the local stalls and restaurants, to your right you will see ‘Grandfather Rock’. ‘Grandmother Rock’ is located on the cliffs towards the ocean.
While the rocks were cool to look at, we found a unique photography spot which no one seemed to notice. After you walk onto the rocks past the shops, turn left and you will instantly see a tiny bay surrounded by tall walls of rock and stone boulders. This spot is beautiful on a perfect sunny day and is the ideal place to take some photographs. Most of the tourists are too busy looking at Grandfather Rock to notice the tiny sand bay, so you will most likely have it all to yourself.
Be sure to also check out the famous temples on Koh Samui, such as the Big Buddha Temple.