Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday and Turtles

The Royal Thai navy chose to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit’s birthday by releasing some turtles from the care of the Phuket Aquarium into the Andaman Sea.

We felt very privileged to be invited and took with us two of our regular guests that were staying with us at the Cape Panwa Hotel – Louise and Richard.

Louise had previously stayed with us more than ten times so yesterday the couple took advantage of being able to have a complimentary sunset cruise on board Panwa Princess and today Tim took them on a special day out.

We started at the Phuket Aquarium where they visited the turtle ‘safe area’ and saw a large turtle being tagged.  After this we were allowed into the Third Naval Command – a daunting-looking place.

But it was a different story inside – with lots of people, a tent with three turtle pools, children running up and down AND a brass band (with a drum kit no less).

We were treated like royalty, served a drink and given chairs from where watched the VIPs arrive. Speeches were made and then the turtles were released.

Good Luck to them all


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