Sunday, June 27, 2010

Phuket Aquarium





A mere stones throw from the Cape Panwa is the Phuket Aquarium and the Marine Biological Centre.  

In 1983 it underwent extensive renovations and they change a number of displays and they built a small tunnel tank that you drift underneath – amazing. Along with that there a multitude of different fishes in a multitude of tanks, stingrays, groupers and massive groupers – have a look.  


Don’t forget to visit on the Feeding times on Saturdays and Sundays!  

The entrance fee is still minimal, an adult is 100 Baht and a child is 50 Baht – if your child is below 108cm they are free - so Jemma does not have to pay - but she soon will have to.

Don't forget to ask very politely to visit the Phuket Marine Biological Research Station- the last time we visited there was an enormous turtle which had been rescued.


Also there is a Nature trail.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Klong Mudong Market + Monkeys


My daughter and I like to go for a bicycle ride in our local village (Boare).  We like to go to the local market to look at what they are selling. What do you do with these things?  Apparently they are aroi!


Imagine my surprise when I was cycling along the road and there were 25+ monkeys coming out of the trees.  We stopped and watched a man from the market take out unsold or damaged fruit and throw it to the monkeys.

Far better then the Phuket Zoo..........
  
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Russell and Sunset Bar



Go and have a drink with Russell - a place that I pass everyday 'to and fro' work but don't have enough time to stop and share a few words.


Think he's hoping all the people will flock to his bar to watch the football - I hope England keep going this year.......
Catch up with Russell on his facebook.


View tim in Phuket in a larger map


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thailand in miniature. 11-20 June




Thailand in miniature.


This looks lovely but I have to admit that i will not travel to Jungceylon in Patong - but if I was a tourist and I was visiting?

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Phuket Zoo?


UPDATE: Phuket Zoo is known as a organizer of the
but sadly little is happening......

The Phuket Zoo is in the South of Phuket near Chalong off the Chaofah Rd.

On entering there is evidence of the surroundings not being taken care – peeling posters, cracked statues and shops with very old items on sale.

We walked swiftly in and headed towards the birds – well I have to admit this was a shock. An eagle in a cage that meant that it was unable to spread their wings and a hornbill without enough room to fly.  Then the birds of prey that you could have you photo with (150 Baht) – also the birds were dangerous - as indicated by the staff, whilst they ate lunch.

Then there was a miniature aviary with some birds in – and local pigeons.  There was a small river with a lot of fish in which made it a pleasant environment.

Then we saw pools of water that had fish?  There were no signs of what fish and the water was too dark.

Then the upside down bored orangutan – do you want a photo?










Then the monkey show.

Then there were gibbons that should not be in cages………. visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Park.




Then there were crocodiles in dirty water without enough room to swim.Then the scary crocodile show.  I have been told that the crocodiles are given a dose or drugs to keep their mouths open. Have you met the member of staff who had his arm bitten off? How about youtube of the show? There is some Phuket Zoo youtube.


After this was the lowlight – have your photograph with a tiger?  Anyone who believes that this tiger is comfortable and not drugged needs to be educated or believes “The Tiger who came to Tea”.

There is also apparently an elephant show, an aquarium and an orchid garden. How does this change? It all comes back to Education – again.

The Price is 500 Baht for adults and 300 Baht for children.
Jamie in Phuket blog has a comment.
Virtual Tourist has some comments.
TripAdvisor reviews it - it is ranked as the worst attraction in Phuket.
Change.org is an opportunity to speak - I did.

There is the T.S.P.C.A but no R.S.P.C.A in Thailand but please contact them to offer support and post your comments for others to read.

I would NOT GO AGAIN – but I know my daughter would love to go……. But next time I will pay less – I need my Thai Driving Licence or work permit. I have made a comment here and please share your experiences with each other.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fancy a bike ride in Phuket?



A previous post of mine about the TAT bike ride investigating a piece of Phuket Town and Sapan Hin made me aware that there are a great deal of people who have bicycles in Phuket with all the trimmings. I don't see them on my way to work in the mornings though....

(That reminds me I must find out about the funky disc brakes which I saw.)

I was made aware of a company who is in Phuket and organises bike rides
Amazing Bike Tours. My choices are;

When I take a tour I will post a blog - I think Jemma would like both... 
watch this space
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