Tridacna is a giant clam that produces pearls, and will impress the most experienced adventurers with its outstanding size.
Phuket is the place to watch tridacna in its natural habitat — these giant bivalve mollusks that can reach 200 kilograms and the clam length of 1.5 meters produce the largest pearls. For instance, the largest pearl ever found, the Pearl of Allah, which is 6,4 kg, was found in a tridacna.
There is a beautifully sad story of a Philippine chief’s son, who dived in search of corals and beautiful shells, and didn’t return to the surface once. He was later discovered with his hand captured in the tridacna’s powerful clam. His hand was holding the Pearl of Allah. This is why tridacna is also named «a deathtrap».
You shouldn’t really be afraid of these old folk’s tales, though — scientists have proved that mollusk muscles are weak and could hardly capture a human finger, let alone hand.
More things to do in Phuket
Go to Big Buddha
From the top of the observation deck you will see an amazing view opening on the major part of the island.FREE23Big Buddha
Feed wild monkeys
The slopes of Monkey Hill are the home for many wild macaques, to whom you can bring fruits, nuts and other treats.FREE13Monkey Hill
Try the roasted crickets
The dish for the bravest of the foodies — and a great snack for a glass of beer, surprisingly. Besides, this exotic food is rich in protein and calcium.11
Ride the underwater bike
Rent the underwater bike and have the high-level adventure right on the other side of the ocean’s surface. 320025
Ride an elephant
Staying in touch with animals and taking a walk outside in the beautiful exotic nature of Thailand will give you a boost of energy like no other. 80010Phuchada Safari Park
Feed the Megabat
Find the flock of megabats and get the fruit snacks ready (their favorites are mango, papaya and avocado).FREE25
Try the ruby dessert
This is a wonderful replacement for conventional ice cream — the dessert is served cold, and looks like a real handful of precious stones.6
Try Yadong liquor
This is a very rare and exotic national Thai herb liqueur with a pleasant taste and aroma.7
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