I wasn’t inclined to like it at first. Then, I saw something incredible that changed my mind.

A mainstream destination in the middle of one of Thailand’s most-touristed (and arguably, over-touristed) city? Chris, what the hell are you doing here?

What can I say? Sometimes a mainstream place offers surprises — and we had some time to kill. Why not?

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

Some larger examples of the Siratus Alabaster — an uncommon shell found anywhere from Japan to the Philippines. While somewhat faded, the English signage remains the easiest place to find information on the Latin name, where it’s found, and how common it is.

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

You won’t just see one example, of course — you typically saw a number of them carefully arranged by size.

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

OK, not a shell… Something you might see on the beach, perhaps, though I’d be more likely to shoo it away than anything else…

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

A Trachycardium Elongatum from right here in Phuket, Thailand.

OK, so there’s plenty of colors, shapes, and sizes of shells at play here. While fairly satisfying, head back upstairs (the ground floor you came in on) for the big reveal…

Destination: Phuket Seashell Museum (Phuket, Thailand) - Thailand -

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