Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Sattahip

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Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Sattahip

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Sea turtles in naval base.
Dec 2020
This place is in the military zone, so your position will be vanished from Google map ! After the verification process (passport (for foreigner) or id card (for Thai) is needed), ones may ask the way from the officer.

The place has no entrance fee. The first zone we entered was the museum that provides some informations about sea turtles in Thailand. The next zone is a large open tank with glass wall where you can see huge sea turtles swimming around and poking up their heads above the water to breath loudly. The final zone contains many open tanks with baby sea turtles of several breeds. We were told that after a couple of years of parenting (to ensure that they are strong enough), they will be released back into the sea. This place also has a souvenir shop, cafe and restaurant with nice view of sea, beach, cargo ships and battleship.
Written September 13, 2021
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Warich N
Pattaya, Thailand164 contributions
There is a good coffee shop there
Jun 2020 • Friends
It is really unique place that you can enjoy the sea turtle life. If you visit here at the right time you can see the navy releasing the growth sea turtle back to the sea. Moreover, there is a coffee shop inside nearby the beach with various choices of drinks you can enjoy with sea view
Written June 22, 2020
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Meuok
Bang Sare, Thailand128 contributions
Essential to anyone who can't distinguish a kra from a tanoo!!
Feb 2020 • Family
After a day at the local beaches of Hat Nang Ram and Hat Nang Ram, a fleeting visit to this free centre is in order.
It comprises a small info and museum area and a tank area showing the growth of turtles from birth to adulthood.
There is also a restaurant where you can take in views of the beach and bay, and the country's naval port and aircraft carrier.
We smacked out here with some pleasant soft shelled crab amongst other dishes, washed down with a few bottles of quaffable beer Chang
Written February 4, 2020
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Moira C
Pattaya, Thailand8 contributions
Skip the zoos and bring your kids and family here for an eye-opening experience
Dec 2018
An educational experience for all ages and a pleasant drive towards the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre. Study the Google Map before in case you lose signal, go in the morning or early afternoon and allow yourself enough time to find your way out; roads get trickier to identify when it gets dark (imagine driving through country roads with no street lights), signage towards the site is lacking, ask a Thai Navy officer "dow" (meaning turtle) or ask your kid to quickly draw one out, they will happily point you the right way. Entrance is free, fair to support by spending some money in the souvenir shop for good cause, cute turtle-themed items unlike the usual Thai souvenirs seen anywhere else. Set up in 1954, when awareness on turtle conservation was low to zero anywhere else in the world, the initiative by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, supported by the Thailand Navy was highly admirable. Skip the tiger/elephant zoos (where "staff" treatment is questionable), bring your kids and family here instead.
Written September 7, 2019
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SinghaandMaMa
Madison, WI56 contributions
Awesome
Sep 2019 • Solo
This is the best thing I did in southern Thailand. Hire a car and drier. I rented a motor bike and made a few other stops. It's one of the Royal projects to increase the turtle population and prevent it from becoming extinct. Not many tourists. You will need your passport ant leave it at the gate.
Written September 6, 2019
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Ally Peack
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
Saving turtles is awesome, but is it worth it if they live in bad conditions ?
Aug 2019
I really love sea turtles and the conservation of the species is very important to me, so I was really excited to go to the conservation center. Unfortunatly, I was really sad to see the conditions the sea turtles are living in. The waters were really dirty and there were dead fish floatting around. Overall it felt like a bad aquarium.
Written August 10, 2019
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Meuok
Bang Sare, Thailand128 contributions
Not a bad way to spend an hour...
Jan 2018 • Family
On your way back from a day at the reasonable beaches of Hat Narng Ram and Rong, you'll see signs to the museum.
If you're interested to be able to distinguish the two main geni of turtles in Thailand, this is for you.
As this is Navy land, they insist that you deposit id before entering and the centre is easy to find.
It's not large, but quite informative and delightful located. Children will enjoy the visit.
Moreover, it's free and clean.
Recommended....
Written September 14, 2018
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Sarah
May 2018 • Friends
I loved this place.. absolutely stunning beach and the cutest turtles. If you are foreign be sure to go with a Thai friend or you may not get in. This area is located on a Navy base. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 27, 2018
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yeskoa
Brisbane, Australia238 contributions
Sea Turtles Conservation - worth a short 1hr drop in!
Jul 2018
My wife and I visited the Sea Turtle conservation centre with our driver prior to heading to Lampi Waterfall.
You get an unobstructed view of sea turtles right across their developmental cycles, from newly hatched through to some 30+ year old turtles that were unable to be released into the wild.

From what I understand, most of the funds for entry to this conservation centre go directly to the running and maintenance of the facility - which is good.

I'd suggest a short 1hr (max) visit here prior to other activities - good for the kids, or those interested in sea wildlife.
Rumour has it that entry is difficult without a 'local', so I'd suggest including this as part of a half-day or day-trip with a reputable driver to prevent any issues with entry.

There are toilets and a snack-shop on site for drinks.
Written August 6, 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Praiseworthy Conservation
May 2018 • Friends
It's been a long time since the Royal Thai Navy had to fight any naval battles, so it is good to see it is turning its attention to battling the problem of diminishing numbers of sea turtles in the Gulf of Thailand.

By any yardstick, the Sea Turtle Conservation Center is a most worthwhile and praiseworthy enterprise and it warms your heart to see the sailors caring for the turtles.

Sea turtles are endangered because of over fishing, harvesting of sea turtle eggs for human consumption, and being caught in fishing nets and sometimes dying from ingesting plastic waste, which abounds in the sea here.

The sea turtles nest annually on islands in the Gulf of Thailand just off-shore from the large naval base at Sattahip. But when the eggs hatch, only a small percentage survive.

So the navy sends sailors to watch where the turtles bury their eggs, dig them up and bring them to the Conservation Center where they are hatched and cared for until they are old enough to release back into the wild.

Now Khram, Ira and Chan Islands are declared protected areas, and with the navy's help, sea turtle populations are on the rise.

NB: The Sea Turtle Conservation Center is on a naval base and when you visit you will have to stop at the gated entrance and produce your passport or other ID. You will be given a green entry card to display on your dashboard. On the way out, you surrender your green card and get your passport back.
Written May 16, 2018
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