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The Bung Chawak Aquarium boasts freshwater and marine fish from all over the world

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Only about 160km northwest of Bangkok, Bung Chawak in Suphan Buri has almost everything for tourists to enjoy, ranging from a large aquarium, zoo and recreation zone to vegetable farms and a rice mill. A must-see is the Bung Chawak Aquarium, featuring freshwater and marine fish from all over the world. It was established in July 1996 and opened in February 1998 under a project in honour of His Majesty the King. 

A diver feeds fish in an 8.5m-long tank at Bung Chawak Aquarium, Suphan Buri.

Building 1 features more than 50 types of freshwater and marine fish from Thailand and abroad. They include striped catfish, Mekong giant catfish, black ear catfish with black dots on cheeks, Chao Phraya giant catfish, aka freshwater sharks, love parrotfish with heart-shaped dots, sheatfish and common sheatfish. "Sheatfish are an indicator of water quality. If the water is not clean, none of them live there," an aquarium guide told a group of visitors.

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