Wednesday, 2 May 2012
There is a legend, with several versions, that there once was a fisherman (or a giant) who lived on the coast of Thailand. He had a beautiful daughter who both he and his wife, without consulting each other, promised in marriage to two different people. Or the girl fell in love with a local boy.
When the time came for the girl to marry, both suitors turned up. In all versions I can find, the poor girl ends up being cut in half and turning into an island or islands. Then the one of the intended husbands turns into a hill and the traditional gift becomes the Khao Sam Roi Yot (mountains of 300 peaks).
The area is now a national park which shelters several rare species of animals. Part of it has been nominated as a Ramsar site, dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
Posted by Sheila @ A Postcard a Day at 2.5.12