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Thai Muang - Turtle release?

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Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Been reading about this event that apparently occurs annually in the first seven days of March but having trouble finding any specifics. Does anyone have any details regarding whether this is happening this year and if so what date the turtle release will take place?

Thanks! :)

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1. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

The Turtle Release is an annual event and takes place on the 1st March, with the accompanying Fair lasting for several days thereafter. The release takes place at about 4pm and is preceded by a procession down the beach road to the release site. Better to get there about 3pm so that you can witness both.

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3. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

I am interested in finding out more about this too! I would love to see it.

We are staying in Phuket during this time - can we get to Thai Muang from there? How long and how would we go about that?

Arandora - you mention the release takes place about 4pm? But then you said there is some sort of precession down the beach to the release site?

Could you explain further?

Thanks so much

Mel

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4. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Hi Mel,

First, it is easy to get to Thai Mueang from Phuket. Just leave the island and keep left on the highway and it takes you straight there. It's about 30 minutes from the Sarojin Bridge. After crossing the bridge and leaving the island, keep to the left when the main highway continues to Phang Nga. You then pass through Khuk Kloy and the next main town is Thai Mueang. You come to an intersection controlled by a traffic light (which will probably be off) and you go straight through down the road to the beach where the Festival takes place.

The Festival lasts 5 days with the first day being the main event. The remaining days it is just the traditional Thai Fair that goes on until the early hours with live music.

They changed the time of the start and turtle release last year from Noon to later in the afternoon because of the heat, hence, the uncertainty about the exact time. However, the build up to the turtle release is a procession of locals in fabulous costumes, children and adults of all ages, with wonderfully imaginative and creative floats, all celebrating the forthcoming release which follows from the beach at the end of the procession. Fishing boats off the beach welcome the turtles as they are introduced to their new home. Here's our album from 2009 https:/… (Boy did it rain after the release!!!)

There were also Thai Boxing matches with top fighters that were televised.

If you go I would recommend that you get there about lunch time as it is very popular locally and you may find it difficult to find parking. If coming from Phuket you will probably be stopped before you get into the town centre and directed to parking. Wandering down through the town to the beach is not that far and is an enjoyable experience in itself.

Enjoy!

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5. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Wow. Thanks for all the info and photos! It looks great. Do you know if it would be better to hire a car for the day or to perhaps hire a driver? Ta. Mel.

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6. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Hiring a car would give you more flexibility and you can arrive and stay as long as you want. You could arrive earlier and have a nice lunch at Water Jade, a small resort with great restaurant where you can dine on a deck overlooking a lagoon. When you get to the centre of Thai Mueang at the junction where the traffic lights are, instead of going straight across, turn left under a Chinese archway and just past there is a square with a nice Chinese temple. Continue along this road through lovely countryside until in about 20 minutes you reach the sign for Water Jade on your left. Follow the track and park outside the main Reception/restaurant (if you want to dine inside). Return back to Thai Mueang the same way and park near to the Chinese temple.

Of course, you need an International Driving Permit to hire a car.

A car with driver would be more relaxing.

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7. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Fantastic. Thanks so much!

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See here for some self-drive tours from Khao Lak including the Thai Mueang Circular Drive which may help also tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g297914-c167750/Kha…

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9. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

Thanks Arandora!

I have now booked my driver and I can't wait!! :)

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10. Re: Thai Muang - Turtle release?

You will really enjoy the day!