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  • Tom 8:43 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , dinosaurs, , , , , , , natural tourist attraction, Philippine, , Sattahip, Sattahip bay, Sattahip Beach, sea, sea turtles, , Thai turtles, , , , , , ,   

    Protected Thai turtles in Sattahip 

    Sattahip bay

    Sattahip bay: Flickr.com

    Despite being hunted as food and medicine in some countries, turtles, the ancient symbols of longevity which outlived the dinosaurs, survive well in Sattahip under the care of the Royal Thai Navy.

    The Royal Thai Navy has a role in the protection of turtles in response to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s concern on the preservation of Thai turtles. A center has been established with an aim to nurture the sea turtles and return as much as possible to the sea.

    The Sea Turtle Conservation Center was set up on the coast of Sattahip bay in 1992 with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to promote the place as a natural tourist attraction. The area is under the responsibility of the Air and Coastal Defense Command of the Royal Thai Navy. (More …)

  • Tom 7:23 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: biological diversities, , humans, , , , , marine animals, mountaintop, , , natural history museum, , , , sea, Sea Natural Museum, , Thai Island, ,   

    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. (More …)

  • Tom 5:02 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Beautiful Sea, , Commander, , Ko Kham, Koh Kham, , , , sea, , submarine, , underwater,   

    Thai Navy on Save-the-Sea Mission 

    Royal Thai Navy patrol boats on the Chao Praya River, Bangkok

    Royal Thai Navy patrol boats on the Chao Praya River, Bangkok: flickr.com

    Little do people know that there are more than just stereotypical battle ships and submarines involved in the Royal Thai Navy’s daily task. The Navy’s environmental conservation program is among those many proud-to-present missions, considering the changes it has been contributing to the area. The program was just a small project when it was initiated some 20 years ago. Today volunteers from all over the country are drawn to join the activity.

    First Naval Area Commander, Vice Admiral Khanat Thongpool, said the division is responsible for patrolling the upper Gulf of Thailand to monitor basically every single inch of the sea from the wellbeing of the reefs to illegal toxic waste dump. In the latter case, the Navy has a full authority to make an arrest. This specific task makes the Thai Navy uniquely different from counterparts in other countries. (More …)

  • Tom 1:54 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Koh Similan, Koh Surin, , marine national park, , Phang Nga islands, , sea, Similan islands, Surin islands, , , ,   

    Tourists flock to Phang Nga islands after the opening of the area 

    Koh Surin Island National Park Thailand

    Koh Surin Island National Park Thailand

    Many Thai and foreigners have flocked to Phang Nga islands after the reopening of the area on 1 November.

    As 1 November is declared the first day for travel in the marine national park in Phang Nga province, more than 1,000 tourists, both Thais and foreigners have flocked to the Similan islands and the Surin islands. After 7 months of closure, the islands off Phang Nga province have been revived in both natural resources and the environment is as pristine as ever (More …)

  • Tom 9:27 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Indian, Indian Ocean, , , , Pak Phanang, , Rayong, sea, shell, ,   

    Giant leatherback turtle found injured in Gulf of Thailand 

    leatherback turtle

    A giant 50-year-old leatherback turtle was found injured in a beach of Pak Phanang district in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat (See Nakhon Si Thammarat Hotels) in the Gulf of Thailand (See Thailand Hotels) . (More …)

  • Tom 3:45 pm on September 12, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , home stay, , Koh Yao, Koh Yao Noi, Koyao Island Resort, , , , modern resorts, , resorts, sea, sea fish, sea fishing, , seaside, seaside resorts, snorkel, swim, , , , , , villager,   

    Ecotourism dominates Koh Yao Noi island 

    Koyao Island Resort -Islands hopping / Photo: tourismthailand blog

    Koyao Island Resort -Islands hopping / Photo: tourismthailand blog

    With the increasing number of tourists flocking to seaside resorts on the Andaman coast affecting local residents’ way of living, villagers in Koh Yao Noi have pooled efforts to protect their homeland by offering ecotourism. Let’s find out more in this report from Thai News Agency.

    Nestled between Phuket and Krabi, Koh Yao Noi is an example of an island being successfully preserved from the invasion of tourists and modern resorts which cause environmental problems and a change in local lifestyle. (More …)

  • Tom 11:26 am on September 5, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Chakri Naruebet, , cosmetic, females, GPS, , , HTMS Chakri Naruebet, , jellyfish, , Koh Kram, microchip, , , plastic bags, , , sea, Sea Turtle, seafarers, shells, Sri Lanka, , , , ,   

    Navy to the rescue! 

    What more appropriate source of aid for the imperilled turtle than a body of seafarers?

    You’re allowed to touch the larger turtles.

    You’re allowed to touch the larger turtles.

    Apart from providing a semi-permanent berth for the world’s smallest and the Kingdom’s only aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet, and operating a restaurant which serves up some surprisingly tasty seafood dishes (cooked by navy personnel, no less!), the country’s largest naval base in Sattahip, a district of Chon Buri, is also the unlikely home for a sea turtle conservation centre.

    Commercial turtle fishery was outlawed in Thailand back in 1947 and since 1950 the Royal Thai Navy has been responsible for the welfare of sea turtles born along the Chon Buri coast and on islands off Sattahip. Of these, Koh Kram boasts the largest turtle hatchery in the country and is the birthplace of some 30,000 of the little critters each year. (More …)

  • Tom 7:13 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Club 8, Crescendo, Crystal Night, electronic, , , , , , GreenSpace, GreenSpace party, Guests, Heineken, Heineken GreenSpace party, , indie pop, Jamaica, , Little Roy, lounge, , , , Radklao Amaradit, reggae, sea, , singer, songwriter, Sweden, TBone, , , yachts   

    How Green is that Space 

    Gab & Little Roy

    Gab & Little Roy

    Heineken organises the second of its musical standoffs, pitting three foreign acts against local favourites

    The second Heineken GreenSpace party and music festival takes place on Saturday at Pattaya’s Ocean Marina Yacht Club and it promises to be a blast with three international acts handpicked by Montonn “Jay” Jira going head to head with local favourites under the night skies.

    Jay headed to Europe to find the artists for the show, choosing Little Roy, a legendary reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica, who will jam with Thai ska outfit TBone; Crystal Night, a modern jazz band from France, who’ll appear with Radklao Amaradit; and Club 8, an indie pop/electronic group from Sweden, to team up with ETC. (More …)

  • Tom 9:20 pm on September 2, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Chaim Soutine, Claude Monet, Embassy of France, , French navy, , Paul Gauguin, sea, superintendant, Sylvain Chopard,   

    Entre Terre et Mer art exhibition 


    Sylvain Chopard, who is superintendant at the Embassy of France in Thailand and was formerly in the French navy, is a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from nature and the sea. His technique is akin to impressionism and close to the styles of Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet and Chaim Soutine. He will be exhibiting 35 paintings at the Alliance française’s Media Library during August and September.
    (More …)

  • Tom 9:50 am on September 2, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , bamboo sharks, , Mai Ton Island, , , Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Marine, plankton, sea, , , , , ,   

    Indonesian bamboo shark successfully bred in Phuket 

    bamboo shark / Photo: flickr.com

    bamboo shark / Photo: flickr.com

    Phuket Aquarium has succeeded in breeding Indonesian bamboo sharks (the brown-banded bamboo shark) and released them into the sea off Mai Ton Island in provincial seat of Thailand’s southern Andaman coastal resort island of Phuket.

    This shark was the first of its kind that the centre had raised in captivity to return to the sea.

    Thirty-nine Indonesian bamboo sharks, aged 3 months to 2 years, were released together with 199 clown fish. The release was to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12. (More …)

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