Thai Island and Sea Natural Museum

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn once said “To love our natural resources is true patriotism” and the Royal Thai Navy is a true patriotic entity of the Kingdom. The navy’s Thai Island and Sea Natural Museum in the eastern province of Chon Buri is concrete proof of the navy’s environmental conservation effort.

The museum was initiated by Her Royal Highness who has concern for marine natural resources. The museum, located on the mountaintop of Ma Jor in Sathaheep district, was completed in 2007.

Proudly serving as Thailand’s first natural history museum, it is a one-stop display of biological diversities, plants, and marine animals. Spreading over 16 Rai or 100 hectares, it overlooks Samae Sarn and other eight surrounding islands. The museum hopes to create harmony between humans and nature and to help instill environmental awareness in people from all walks of life.

Captain of Special Warfare Group 1 Command of the Royal Thai Navy, Arpakorn Yookongkaew, said the modern way of life made people forget about nature and take it for granted. The navy was obligated to help them connect with nature more by creating a place that reached to their hearts and minds.

The museum contains five units. The first unit celebrates the intellect of His Majesty the King and HRH Princess Sirindhorn as well as projects and research on environmental conservation. The second unit is where visitors can learn about plants and forests; the third has exhibitions of aquatic plants; and the fourth unit concerns current environmental issues. The last building highlights the key roles of the Royal Thai Navy in protecting the nature through its successful projects.

Besides protecting the oceans for national security, the Royal Thai Navy had duties to help create awareness and values to benefit the Thai society, said Capt Arparkorn.

The Thai Island and Sea Natural History Museum truly addresses environmental problems the society faces. With HRH Princess Sirindhorn and the Royal Thai Navy, the museum stands tall and proud today, reconnecting Thai people with the Kingdom’s priceless natural legacy. (NNT)