Mekong Underwater World
Mekong Underwater World at Nakhon Phanom Province was established in the area of Nong Yat Reservoir. Covering the area of 2,500 Rai, the reservoir is located near Muang Nakhon Phanom Municipality Office. The place is a venue for relaxation of Nakhon Phanom people and was once visited by His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen in 1962. Important rivers of Nakhon Phanom, namely Mekong River, Kam River and Songkhram River, are habitats of abundant aquatic animals, that breed and conserve rare and endangered species. General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the 22nd prime minister of Thailand, initiated the idea of establishing an aquarium at Nong Yat Reservoir to collect species from Mekong River, Kam River and Songkhram River and display for educational purposes. Therefore, Muang Nakhon Phanom Municipality Office, with the help of Nong Yat Sub-district Administrative Organization, Nakhon Phanom’s governor and member of the House of Representatives, built the aquarium, named “Mekong Underwater World.” The place houses various freshwater fish from Mekong River, including rare and endangered species. Unique feature of the aquarium is a tunnel underneath the tank which allows the visitors to clearly observe the movement of the fish. There are also fish tanks in various shapes, exhibitions on Mekong species, a theatre room for 50 seats, and a souvenir shop. Mekong Underwater World is a modern and useful aquarium where visitors can learn about Mekong species and have a good time. Mekong Underwater World at Nakhon Phanom Province opens daily, on Mondays-Fridays, 9.00-17.00, and Saturdays-Sundays, on 10.00-18.00. Entrance fees are 10 baht for children and 30 baht for adults. The place is located on Liang Muang Road, Muang Nakhon Phanom Distrct of Nakhon Phanom Province.