Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Sunthorn Phu, Kho Samet and Rayong

There was a Thai poet called Sunthorn Phu (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunthorn_Phu) - often referred to as the ‘Shakespeare of Siam’ and he lived a life as captivating and fantastical as the stories he wrote. 

In Koh Samet there are statues of a flute-playing prince, a mermaid and a female giant (http://www.thaizer.com/tourist-attractions/why-are-there-statues-of-giants-mermaids-and-pipers-on-ko-samet/) and are all characters in the famous Thai poem Phra Aphai Mani - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phra_Aphai_Mani

But here is another state dedicated to the poet but I can find no more than this?  Gossip is that this is dedicated to one of his 'other women'? I stayed at the Kantary Bay Rayong to see this.

A tale full of battles, betrayals and magical transformations….

Here is the complete tale - http://sakchaip.tripod.com/bookworm/sunthorn/abhai_a.html