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Thailand Fly & Drive – Part 17 (Chiang Mai)
The Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is such a big name for such a small place. But it is absolutely amazing how massive a collection of curiosities can fit in such a compact, two story building. This is a small, privately run museum based on the life’s work of a couple of passionate insect researchers and collectors, and believe me, judging from the “inspirational quotes” that are sprinkled in between the displays, they have a keen sense of humour to go with their academic rigour.
When you approach the museum, you are greeted by a huge menacing gate, warning you that the museum contains only preserve specimens and not live ones. When you ring the doorbell, the caretaker comes scurrying down the stairs. Before she even agrees to open the gate, she insists that you read the green sign, and emphasizes again that there are no live insects in the museum. I think this might be a pet peeve of some previous guests to the museum.
We agree to the terms and conditions and pay the entrance fees, which are THB200 for adults and THB100 for kids. We are led upstairs to the museum entrance, which already impresses us. A collection of preserved insect dwellings like an ant’s nest, a bee hive and many others, all meticulously labelled.
We then move into the display rooms and we see some lovely butterfly displays. There is also a cabinet showing the tools of research like microscopes and chemicals to preserve the specimens and such.
You then see some jars of preserved larvae, with a sign that suggests that it is very healthy to eat some of this stuff. I can’t quite make out whether it is meant for real or as a joke…. (I told you these guys have a wacky sense of humour!)
The next room amazes me with its hundreds of mosquito specimens. Apparently, mosquitoes have actually been getting bad press because out of all the hundreds of types of mosquitoes, only 9 species act as agents of disease.
We then proceed upstairs where we are not allowed to take photographs. There, we find an even greater variety of insects, lizards and such.
Colorful butterflies, stick-insects, huge beetles, geckos, sea shells. lots of really interesting stuff to get excited over.
- Value for Money (7/10): THB200 for adults and THB100 for children. A little more expensive that the other attractions, but worth the price of admission!
- Quality of Exhibits (10/10): You get what you ask for. More preserved insects and other stuff that you can imagine was possible. Everything is labelled with dedication. This is the culmination of two lives of passion!
- The Kids Loved It (9.7/10): Little Lioness Cub (9/10) “I liked the preserved insects. Lukily they were not live specimens” ; Little Lion Cub (10/10) “Because I could see so many types of dragonflies and fossils” ; Little Baby Lion (10/10) “I learned about a lot of insects, like lady bugs and poisonous frogs”
- The Adults Loved It: (8/10): Very interesting museum and I was really impressed with the dedication of the collectors. I loved reading all the quirky quotes.
- Memories Created (8/10): Something that the kids will remember for a long time. A pity that we couldn’t take more photographs.
- Crowds (10/10): The museum was empty.
- OVERALL RATING: (9/10): Surprisingly enjoyable. Would recommend!
- 2019 Thailand Fly and Drive
- Off to Bangkok
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- Sara Jane’s @ the Empire Place
- Amazing Young Musician on the Streets
- Drive from Bangkok to Khao Kho
- Review: Tonkho at Home, Khao Kho
- Sunrise at Khao Takhian Ngo
- Temple on a Glass Cliff
- Tea @ Pino Latte
- Visit to the Weapon Museum
- Amazing Dinosaur!
- A Tale of Two Dinners
- Drive from Khao Kho to Chiang Mai
- Review: Ibis Styles Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai Tribal Museum
- Wacky World of Insects!
- Driving the Mae Hong Son Loop
- Drive from Chiang Mai to Pang Mapha
- Pai Historical Bridge
- Pai Canyon
- Pai Land Split
- Review: Ban Keawmora, Pang Mapha
- Drive from Pang Mapha to Mae Win
- Long Neck Village
- Car Woes on the Way to Mae Win
- Day Trip to Doi Inthanon
- The Royal Twin Pagodas
- More Vehicle Misfortune and an Angel on a Motorbike
- Review: Mae Win Guesthouse and Resort
- Another Flat?! Drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khan
- Review: Phu Chiangkhan Hostel
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Day
- The Majestic Mekong
- Chiang Khan Walking Street by Night
- Drive from Chiang Khan to Khon Kaen
- Review: Pullman Khon Kaen Raja Orchid
- The Problem of Laundry
- Birthday Day Out!
- The Nine-Storey Stupa
- Aura Farm
- King Cobra Village
- Khon Kaen City Museum
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