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    Thai Navy Museum

    I had the opportunity to visit the Thai Navy Museum today and it was rather enjoyable.



    First, we were asked to make merit to the sea.


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    This museum was built as a tribute to King Rama 5. He is considered the father of the Thai Navy.



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    I was concerned about our tour guide has he carried a pistol. Don't worry it was not loaded.



    A long time ago, the Frech tried to take over Siam. This is what Thailand look like many years ago.

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    So the Thais through the assistance of the Brits came up with a plan.



    This is what the scene looks like today. In this scene we are overlooking the gun stations.


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    First we have to enter the tunnels.



    We have to cross through here.


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    Where the Thais stored the ammo is on the right.



    Now we go to the cannons which is on the right of the original entrance photo.


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    Now here are the big guns.



    One always needs ammo...


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    The gun was built by the British. An intersting side note, look at the bricks in the background. They are also from Britian.



    The other side.



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    Now we go to the ship. Actually, it is a donated American warship. But still fun to explore.



    It was big compared to my rafts back home.


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    Since I like cooking I decided to explore the gallery. Pretty small and i did not see a BBQ grill in site.



    Okay, what about the bombs?


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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Now we go to the ship. Actually, it is a donated American warship. But still fun to explore.


    It was big compared to my rafts back home.
    Good stuff - thought you fished from a Piroe, Billy?

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    Then you had the torpedos.


    And when everything went to shit.

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    Nothing like being a Captain...


    And having a bird's eye view!

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    Last but not least I liked the stereo system aboard the big boat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Gent
    Good stuff - thought you fished from a Piroe, Billy?
    Well, damn normally I does. But sometimes I need fish for da family!

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    Cool stuff HB! Where is the Navy Museum anyway? My 11 year old stepson would love to vist it. (I wouldn't mind either! )

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    Where is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly
    Now we go to the ship. Actually, it is a donated American warship. But still fun to explore.


    It was big compared to my rafts back home.
    Hmm, did you catch the name of it ?

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    Hillbilly seems a Thai version of Mail Call (the Gunny) -- that TV show Jiisan hopped up on the Corps.

    There is a Naval monument on the Chao Phara. Is this the museum? The temple (monument) looks cool, but I haven't visited yet.

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    Good questions all. I will provide those answers the first of the week. The reason? I want to check my facts and find a map. Thanks.

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    Great report,must visit this time.
    Last time I went to the royal thai airforce museum near don muang-it is fantastic.
    They have some of the rarest aircraft in the world there.....

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    OK, inspired by Hillbilly's visit I packed my wife and stepson into a taxi yesterday and headed off to the Thai Naval Museum!

    http://www.navy.mi.th/navalmuseum/index_eng.htm


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    I've underlined the Navy Museum on the map. It's across the street from the Thai Naval Academy on Sukhumvit in Samut Prakhon.

    Anyway, it's full of neat stuff: some small boats, the conning tower off of an old submarine, some cannons, guns, spears, swords, uniforms, photographs and paintings, dozens of model ships in varying sizes and even an old Gray Marine 6-71 diesel engine! The place was almost deserted, we spend about two hours wandering around looking at stuff and only saw about three other visitors.

    The sailors were all very nice and they gave me a glossy English language brochure that was written and printed by the Siam Society. Admission was free.

    However, no matter how hard I looked, I couldn't see the big ship sitting in concrete that HB took all the pictures of! We finally asked the guards and they told us where to go.

    We took a short taxi ride to the ferry boat dock, a quick boat trip across the river and a ten minute taxi ride down the road on the other side of the river, and there we were: Fort Chulachomklao!

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    The HTMS Maeklong is a Japanese built Sloop or Corvette that was primarily used as a training vessel.:
    http://www.navy.mi.th/royal/kanchana/proj31.htm

    Although there is no mention of this at the ship itself, the Maeklong served in the Battle of Koh Chang, where she distinguished herself by being one of the few Thai whips that were not sunk by the French!

    The Battle of Koh Chang, BTW, is known as the only French Naval victory in the twentieth century .

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    qwerty has done an excellent job on what I should have done originally!

    Btw, here is another link to help out
    http://www.paknam.com/navalmuseum.php

    qwerty, are you ready for your next assignment?

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