Swiftlet aviaries OR bird spit homes in Phuket

Bird's Nest soups

The culture of raising the swiftlet to produce nests which can then be sold to 'believers' is something which I do not understand but for some 'believers' the bird spit has miraculous properties.

I now understand that on your trip to Phang Nga you are able to visit the caves and watch the
nests being harvested

I now understand that some
people in Phuket are building small 'out houses'
to encourage the swiftlets to build the nests...


1) the birds in these numbers carry up to 11 diseases
2) rearing swiftlets in Phuket is illegal - fine?
3) harming tourism - how?

Do you know who eats this stuff?