The museum displays a large variety of sea shells and fossils, with an emphasis on shells found in Thai waters, which are highly prized by collectors. Although more like a large shell store, the displays are very interesting as well as beautiful. Among the museums exhibits are many rare or unique specimens, including one of the rarest golden pearls and the only left-handed Noble Volute. As its also a shop, you can buy some of these lovely shells which can make nice gifts.
Rare Stones Museum
It is a new tourist's attraction where you see art, and you see life. The most enjoyable part of visiting the Phuket Rare Stones Museum is that after the brief look at all stones, you select 5-6 your most interesting ones. Spending 5-10 minutes with each of the selected stones, the picture will be floated out from the stones as you imagine. Each stone can conjure up a different picture in each person's imagination. That is the art part. The deeper you imagine, the more you will see, and that can be the life part.
Thai Hua Museum in Phuket Town
Thalang Museum in Phuket Town
If you want to find out more about Phuket's History, including it's archeology, ethnology and art, heard for the Thalang National Museum. In it's two buildings, the museum houses a large collection of ancient artefacts from Phuket's long history, as well as from the neighbouring provinces of Phang Nga and Krabi. A dsplay reconstructs the Battle of Thalang, when the Two heroines led the people of Phuket in repelling a Burmese invasion. Other exhibits include a display of daily life during Phuket's Tin Mining boom in the nineteenth century and exhibits on the sea gypsies - the island's original inhabitants.
As we drove around Phuket we found a village along the coastal route at the South end of Koh Sirey. As we drove through the belief was shattered somewhat - there was a great deal of damaged properties and there did not seem to be a 'thriving' community.
As we drove further through the village my heart was strengthened as we saw children playing and fishermen preparing nets and villagers opening shells.
This heartened me further and we drove into the village but the road began to diminish and around us the buildings became less occupied - we turned around and drove back through the town.
We are not sure what we saw - a community which was falling apart and needed support or a traditional Fishing Village?
The Weekend Market is a place where you all should visit if you are in Phuket during a weekend. There are any number of reasons why you should visit and this week I am sharing with you the amount of food that there is for sale here - probably why the Weekend Market is so popular with the locals and the Tourists alike - the amount of food for sale.
Today we found that behind the Teaching Establishment is a children's playground (adjacent to this is a Geocache), next to this is where you can learn ballroom dancing and next to this is a Tennis Court...
If you visit foursquare there are a plethora of things which happen here.