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I think you guys have lost the plot: 'A great year-round tourist attraction', rivaling Wat Chalong etc. - a Tin Mine Museum, right. That'll get thousands of tourists to flock to Phuket, I'm sure. And let me guess: admission for Thais 20 Baht, for foreigners 200 Baht?
Posted by Karoshi on November 14, 2010 00:26
Why be negative, Karoshi? It's a great new attraction in a serene setting, with gardens and lake and more... If you can't contribute a few baht, stay home.
Posted by Renaud on November 14, 2010 10:14
I can only hope that they fix the road going up to the museum as it must be one of the worst condition roads on the island with pot holes about a foot deep!
Posted by Dave on November 14, 2010 15:30
About time. We actually visited the museum in January when it was half open. My daughter has been on a school field trip, too. Kids loved it, it's a great museum, though I have reservations about the idea that thousands will get their **** off the beach to visit a museum.
Posted by Jamie Monk on November 14, 2010 21:13
The Tin Mine Museum is just a great place - and it is NOT a Thai 20 Baht and foreigner 200 Baht place - it is free of charge for everybody.
Posted by Karl on November 15, 2010 06:25
We have been told that tin dredging destroyed reefs close to Phuket's coast, and was largely responsible for seabed damage that still causes erosion to the coastline every monsoon season at Bang Tao today. If this is accurate, sea dredging may have been a minor part of Phuket's tin era, but its legacy was significant.
The question is, if "deep religious and cultural significance for millions of Buddhists" should be marketed as a tourist attraction in a way some tuk-tuk drivers, phuketwan and tour agencies do it.
Posted by Karl on November 16, 2010 03:29
You mean, like the great cathedrals of Europe, or Mecca? Surely religion has its place in the lives of many people, and therefore in tourism. Wasn't a great pilgrimage just an early long-haul trip?
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