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Koh Samui, Thailand and the torrential temple downpour (Part four)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

As we continued on our journey around the island of Koh Samui, we all sat semi-crampped in the back of the truck and watched as the scenery went by. We continued to get to know each other and about our recent journeys. We were glad that at least some breeze was coming in from the side windows, which were originally only covered with tarp. The warm and wet island breeze was acting as a perfect air-conditioning system as we drove along.

Koh Samui Thailand Local

Our truck moved through small patches of town and the occasional glimpse of rural jungle. I tried to read the various signs on shops as we drove past quickly. My camera caught the occasional side street or local person doing what they normally do.

Wat Kuhnaram on Koh Samui, Thailand

I didn't see a lot of tourists, which surprised me. Koh Samui does not have a international airport yet and so it probably sees very few Americans, and mainly Thai locals or Australians. It's funny how Australians seem to pop up in every odd corner of the world. They love to travel and it is almost always that case that you will bump into one when your overseas. 

Koh Samui, Thailand Buddha

We slowed down and turned right into a parking lot. We immediately noticed the temples that sat on this piece of land. It is called "Wat Kuhn Aram" Beautiful architecture and colors were prominent in the stormy light. We jumped out of the back of the truck and began walking around.

Koh Samui, Thailand local praying at Buddhist Temple

You could get blessings by donating money to the temple (I didn't do it but watched as some of my mates did). There were some locals at the temple who were praying and we did our best to give them privacy.

Wat Kuhnaram on Koh Samui, Thailand

Not long after we walked around the small area, the sky began to open up and rain began to fall. We all scattered and ran back towards the pickup. I had to get the camera out of the rain. As I said before, I had worn swimming trunks and a T-Shirt, so I wasn't worried about how wet I was. The rain poured in through the side windows as we laughed and tried to pull down the tarp.

Koh Samui, Thailand Temple

A large puddle of water gathered at the back of our pickup truck. After a few moments, the rain stopped as the sky remained dark and threatening. A few of us jumped back out of the truck and into the puddle. It just didn't matter anymore. We were here to have fun. Our guide of course never said much of anything, as he was mainly just the driver, but that was okay. As long as kept delivering the good stops, then that's all that mattered. If you'd like to find more information and names of various Wats (Temples) on Koh Samui, you can click HERE.

Koh Samui, Thailand 


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