Afternoon Adventure at Phuket Aquarium

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During low season here in Phuket there are days that are a bit too rainy to partake in outdoor activities.  On such a day last week, we decided to check out Phuket Aquarium.

The aquarium is on the smaller side, but at only 100 baht per adult and 50 baht per child for tourists (half price for locals)  it seemed like an entertaining and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon.

We easily made the short drive to the aquarium in Cape Panwa as there is much signage along the way to guide those that are driving.  When we arrived, we were very impressed with the beautiful landscaping. The aquarium is also at the far end of the cape. so the view was spectacular.

View from the Aquarium.
View from the Aquarium.
Ticket booth and information counter.
Ticket booth and information counter.

Zoë was very excited to be going to the aquarium, she is all about anything to do with the water. She was literally squealing with delight as we made our way through the entrance and saw our first fish tank. She ran around making herself dizzy until we could calm her a little. The staff was extremely nice though and seemed to enjoy the fact that Z was so excited. It was a very comfortable atmosphere and was very kid-friendly.

We strolled through the hallways looking at all the fish and spending time explaining to Z about what kind of fish they were and such (thank goodness for information signs in English!). I have never seen her so fascinated and we have taken her to bigger and more flashy aquariums in her lifetime. I think the small size and the fact that there were minimal crowds helped to put her at ease.  For you parents out there, the aquarium is very stroller friendly.

The aquarium map.  I think it would be pretty impossible to get lost in here.
The aquarium map. I think it would be pretty impossible to get lost in here.

We meandered around and then caught a show called “The Secret of Pa-Luek Island” which was a movie that interacted with a large robotic mermaid. It was in Thai, but had English subtitles, so it was not that interesting to Z, except for the moving and talking mermaid. I was trying to explain what was going on for Z, so I think the movie is about taking care of Thailand’s oceans. I think your kids will really like this 5 minute movie if they can read already or really love mermaids.

Zoë with the mermaid.
Zoë with the mermaid.

Along the walkway through the exhibits, there were many informational area’s that taught about types of coral, sea grass, and how the ocean is becoming polluted and how we can help stop that. There was also a walk-through glass tunnel tank with a couple of sharks and a huge manta ray that was fascinating to all of us.

Learning about different types of sea grass.
Learning about different types of sea grass.

There was a  small alcove that showed specimens (I call them that because they were all dead in jars) of deep-sea creatures, many of them unknown as to what they are. It seemed really interesting, but the dark room with creepy looking creatures was not fun for Z at all. We pretty much had to run out of there. It was completely understandable really, some of the creatures were so strange looking!

We had a wonderful afternoon walking through the Phuket Aquarium. It was well worth the 200 baht ($6.25 USD) to look at all the sea life. After you exit there is a snack bar (17 baht ice cream! Hooray!) and a little souvenir shop with fairly priced products of all shapes and sizes. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are in Phuket and happen to catch a rainy day. I hope you like it as much as we did!

 

  22 comments for “Afternoon Adventure at Phuket Aquarium

  1. Sasha
    September 6, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Wow, what a deal!! I think our aquarium is around 20-30 USD per person! Such great memories and that view is incredible!

    • andthreetogo
      September 6, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I know! It’s such a good deal. We will probably go back many times because it’s so inexpensive and fun. 🙂

  2. Sue Slaght
    September 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Looks like a great place for kids and a great deal!

    • andthreetogo
      September 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

      It is. 🙂

  3. mamabyfire
    September 6, 2014 at 11:41 am

    My Z loves sea life as well. She would have a great time there! The deep sea creatures part sounds fascinating-my husband and I would maybe take turns going in there because we would want to see it all!

    • andthreetogo
      September 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      We should have done that, but I think at that point we got distracted by the giant manta ray. 🙂

  4. joylovestravel
    September 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Sounds like a great place. Aquariums tend to feature on our visit list when we travel or have done a lot in the past anyway. I’ve always preferred the smaller and less flashy places – this one sounds right up our street.

    • andthreetogo
      September 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      They do for us as well. This one was way more fun because it was so cozy.

  5. Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    September 6, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Definitely cheaper than the aquarium in Singapore. (We’re two “spring cleaning spaces” away from using our free ticket vouchers – so a few more weeks what with everything on.)

    That specimen room does sound scary, though.

    • andthreetogo
      September 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

      What are “spring cleaning spaces”? That is a term I have not heard (well not that I can remember at least).
      Yes, quite honestly that room was the stuff that nightmares were made of .

      • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
        September 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Yeah I probably kind of made that term up. We’ve divided the house into spaces, and we’re clearing one at a time. I’d say “rooms” but some of them are just “sides” of a room, if you know what I mean.

        • andthreetogo
          September 7, 2014 at 9:50 am

          Oh ok. I thought maybe it was a term I didn’t know. Hahah. 🙂

  6. Sha
    September 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Didn’t realise that Phuket has an aquarium but good to note for future visits…i love to visit aquariums and have been to a few on my own too! Haha…:)

    • andthreetogo
      September 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I find them soothing. The darkness and sound of water is lovely. Next time you come to phuket, definitely check it out!

      • Sha
        September 7, 2014 at 1:32 pm

        Oh yes, that would be a good break from the beach if I ever visit…:)

  7. Lani
    September 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I love aquariums. Good to know about this one in Phuket. Cheers 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      September 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks! Cheers!

  8. Less to More
    September 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Fun! We love going to the aquarium too! Our kids never get tired of it.

    • andthreetogo
      September 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I wish the aquarium in California was as inexpensive as this one. If we moved back we would be there every week!

  9. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    September 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Great mermaid! I really liked the overcast beach photo. Is there snorkeling where you are? Or not?

    • andthreetogo
      September 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

      There is in different areas of the island. I just recently was able to snorkel for the first time, before that the mask would give me a panic attack. It was pretty exciting!

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        September 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

        To snorkel is one of my most favorite things to do. Gliding through the water with the sun on my back. Bliss.

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