Everyone knows that you can hear the sea inside a seashell. Hold one to your ear and you remember salty air, crashing waves and sand between your toes. Boasting some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, Phuket Thailand is truly a vision of paradise on Earth. The prospects of clear blue waters and immaculate white sands draws multitudes to this island each year.
Hat Patong or Patong Beach contains Phuket’s largest establishment of tourist resorts. Holidaymakers who throng its beaches by day take to the city’s vibrant nightlife after sundown. It can get quite crowded in the high tourist season extending from November to April. Learn to scuba dive, jet-ski across the waters or go para-sailing down the coast line. It is advised that tourists renting equipment for these activities should do so only from trusted and reputed authorities. Visitors looking for a quieter time can travel towards the northern outskirts of the town to find unspoilt beaches. For an even more intimate affair, rent a private island where the beauty and serenity is all yours to enjoy.
The seas of Thailand are also an intriguing place for collectors of exotic seashells, and the best examples can be seen in the large collection seen in Shell World Museum in the Jungceylon megamall near Patong Beach. Collected over three generations by the Patamakanthin family, the museum showcases species from all over the world. Mountains of Giant Clams weighing over 200 kg, tiny grain sized micro shells, Australian murex of strange shapes, and brightly coloured tree snails highlight this assortment. Tours in Thai and English will give an insight into the bio-diversity of the area and how humans and these creatures share the same origins billions of years ago. Displaying rare exhibits worth millions of dollars, the Shell World Museum is a fun and quirky place to learn about the bizarre world of molluscs. Choose among plenty of shells and pearls of the gift shop as a souvenir of your seaside vacation.
Jungceylon mall is only a few minutes from Patong beach, and its cinema complex, gaming centers, bowling alleys and abundant shopping arcades are connected to the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket. Avoid crowded streets and go straight into a world of entertainment through this Patong beach resort. The contemporary design and trendy atmosphere reflect the exciting opportunities surrounding this urban Phuket resort.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+