For a unique diversion, spend an afternoon at the Bangkok Seashell Museum where conchology takes on the hue of a science. Generally considered a hobby, the Seashell Museum takes collecting shells on the beach to a different level by allowing patrons to understand features, patterns and importance of such shells by giving them a different understanding. For tourists staying at Phangan resorts or any other hotel in other parts of the country, hotels such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa can arrange for a tour of Bangkok during which a visit to the Seashell Museum can be made.
For any person who has grown up on an island or close to a beach, the experience of picking up a conch shell and keeping it close to their ear is a special experience as the roar of the ocean waves fill their mind and lull their souls into a sense of serenity. Collecting uniquely shaped seashells also prove to be a hobby avidly pursued by many. When scavenging for seashells, one may come across molluscs, sand-dollars, sea urchins, sponges and small crabs, but this is all part and parcel of life on the beach. While many understand sea shells to be decorative objects, conchologists strive to emphasize its importance in terms of medicine and the ocean balance, illustrate how they provide sanctuary to marine life and trace its use through history.
The Museum notes that while seashells were historically used as currency, there are also some six hundred species of shells which are all exhibited in Bangkok. The Museum also takes pride in exhibiting a stunning three hundred kilo seashell and will shock visitors with the range, shapes and colours of the seashells on display.
Undoubtedly a novel way to spend an afternoon in Bangkok, this Seashell Museum is one which any conchologist should scarcely miss!
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