Lucky golden turtle in Thailand


With superstitions so rife in Thai culture, it’s no surprise that we see many things as “lucky” – from numbers and colours to animals.

Miss Laddawan Meesuk from Nakhon Si Thammarat has been making waves after she saved a rare soft shelled turtle from her husband’s boiling pot, as she believed its golden colour represented luck. 


Almost became husband’s dinner


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Image credit: Pattaya Mail 

Both Laddawan and her husband, Niruth Sukom, caught the 1-year-old, 20cm female soft-shelled turtle at Huay Tung Na Canal. As they reached home, Niruth shared that he wanted to turn the turtle into a meal, much to his wife’s objections.

Laddawan feeds Thong Ma
Laddawan feeds Thong Ma
Image credit: Pattaya Mail

The lady then adopts the turtle as part of the family, and called her Thong Ma (gold arrives). Not so surprisingly, she even had neighbours offering her ฿10K to buy it, but she rejected them. What a bargain!


Thai folklore saved Thong Ma


Thai folklore saved Thong Ma
Image credit: Pattaya Mail

It’s known that locals pray to and believe that animals of certain colours represent good fortune, especially an auspicious colour like gold

After she adopted the turtle, a local fortune teller predicted that Laddawan will be rich; so she been praying regularly for lotto numbers!


Featured images adapted from: Pattaya Mail

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