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
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 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.10
Celebrate Songkran New Year
The tradition of impetuous water splashing during this holiday not only cheers up but is believed to purify souls.FREE21
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
Helping orphans is arguably the most important pursuit in one’s life. To hear a happy child laugh is the highest possible reward!FREE4Orphanage Centre
Ride the underwater bike
Rent the underwater bike and have the high-level adventure right on the other side of the ocean’s surface. 320023
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