Press Release

The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation, in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its partners, will be hosting the 11th annual Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release Ceremony, which is scheduled during the Songkran Festival on April 14, from 10am to 12 noon.

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In Thai culture, turtles are a symbol of longevity, and it’s considered good luck to release them into the wild. (Photo by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation)

Celebrate Songkran Festival in an eco-friendly style by giving back to nature

You are invited to join us in celebrating Songkran, the Thai New year, by releasing turtles into the sea. Marine Turtles represent longevity in Thai culture and releasing animals to nature is believed to bring good luck to the participant.

Our activities include releasing of 40 green sea turtles approx. 10-12 months old, sea turtle biology and conservation lecture, demonstration of appropriate sea turtle releasing procedure, and the souvenir booth.

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The turtle foundation holds regular educational sessions for kids on site. (Photo by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation.)

Phuket residents and hotel guests are invited to join what promises to be a fun, family-oriented and inspirational experience. In doing so they will be helping to protect the area’s endangered turtle population.

Every THB 5,000 raised through donations and additional money raised during the event will go towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.

Venue: Andaman Grill’s beachfront at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa
Donation fee: THB 5,000 to release a marine turtle
Advance reservation is required

Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
Located at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort
231 Moo 3, Mai Khao Beach, Thalang, Phuket
Tel: 076 338 040

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