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.
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Feed the Megabat
Find the flock of megabats and get the fruit snacks ready (their favorites are mango, papaya and avocado).FREE26
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
Because of the short-term storage period you can try out the tasty and healthy sapodilla only in tropical countries — do not miss this chance! 406
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.FREE24Big Buddha
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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