With most of the country’s cultural institutions and museums being in the capital city of Bangkok there is somewhat of a cultural void for people that want to enjoy the scenic sandy beaches of island resorts and have a truly unique cultural experience at the same time.
This may be one reason why Koh Samui is such a desired tourist destination as it manages to mix parties with amazing beaches, outdoor activities with interesting classes and extreme sports with family friendly activities such as museums effortlessly.
The best part of this diversified entertainment offer is that you can actually have fun with your entire family, regardless if you come to Thailand with your child or with your parents.
One of the most interesting museums in Koh Samui is the charming and very informative Sea Shell Museum which contains all the information you ever wanted to know about seashells as well as some beautiful models that are unique to the gulf of Thailand.
The museum is owned by the Belgian expat William Thomas and his family and it indirectly also shows some of its owner’s amazing life story. Thomas grew up in Africa, that being the first place he developed his love for sea shells. He managed to travel all across the world before settling on the island of Koh Samui sometime in the early ‘80s.
This is where Thomas met his soon to be wife who shared his huge passion for sea shells. Together the two started collecting sea shells and built the Museum and Shop to display their amazing collection and teach others the beauty that lies behind the often ignored shells.
The collection slowly but surely gained international renown with biologists and professors from all across the globe visiting Thomas’ amazing museum for its wide variety of shells and the owner’s knowledge on them.
Finding the museum is a breeze as it is located directly on the Ban Makham beach, on the west coast of Koh Samui. The museum’s owner still works daily on studying and expanding his collection with new items.
Visitors can see sea shells from Thailand and other places in the world and learn about their role in the marine underworld. Visitors can also admire an impressive collection of crabs which William Thomas has put together in the three decades since he has settled in Koh Samui. The museum is the perfect destination for family units with a lot of great exhibits for kids of all ages.