Tuesday, April 23, 2019

April 23, 2019,    Koh Samui, Thailand,          102/183               -

April 22, 2019,  Sea day,     101/183

Merrilynne continues to carry much of the Mensa load with solutions which amaze and confound me.  I get to solve a few, such a math questions, but then even a blind squirrel finds the odd acorn!

Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island, one of a group of 60, with a population of 47,000.  It was a self-sufficient community until late in the 20th century, even without roads until the 1970s. Progress has been swift, as they now have an international airport, tourism is the dominant industry with rubber and coconut exports a factor.  High speed Internet infrastructure is attracting international IT interest and investment..

Coconut harvesting is accomplished by monkeys, after 6 months training in 'monkey school'.

Once again, Buddhist temples are ubiquitous.  One can only imagine the drain on the economies around here, with all this opulence and pageantry......Oh, right, this is different than the religious untaxed edifices all over the world....not!

Truly spectacular vistas










Monkey business for real as he climbs to demonstrate coconut harvesting!

I know everyone is dying to see more temples!

Wat Plai Laem, statue of Guaryin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.  (Don't tick her off as there are many options for retaliation)




Big Buddha







We talked nice to this grumpy water buffalo so she relented and let us re-board.

Back to mother ship on a local tender craft.

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