Very interesting snakefarm with the deadliest snakes of the world among others.
They give an excellent feeding show and if you are not too scared you can take a non-poisonous snake around your neck for a nice photo to show when you are back home.
They try to find antidotes here for a poisonous snakebite.
(last date visited - Feb. 10, 2004)
Entrance Fee - 70 Baht
Weekdays : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Weekends and Holidays: 8:30 am - noon
Demonstration of Snake Handling:
Weekdays - 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Weekends & Holidays - 11:00 am
Don't be surprised if you wont see a lot of snakes!!! Snakes are too few! Not really sure if they are just hiding preparing themselves to bite you...but be cautious though!!!
The Snake Farm at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (Thai Red Cross Society) was the second snake farm in the world opened in 1923 by Queen Sawang vadhana, the president of he Thai Red Cross Society. This facility is manufacturing antivenoms effective in treating snake bite victims. You can watch the assistants milking the snakes for venom or feeding them with small animals. Or you may even get to hold a 2-m long Python!
Admission is 70 baht
Open to the public every day from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays, and 8.30 am to 12.00 am on weekends and public holidays
Young Thai men have kamikaze shows with different poisonous snakes like Cobra, Jumping snake and Mamba. They like to scare the audience even more with pretending to throw the snakes into the crowd. So beware the joke and avoid having a heart attack.
Some of the men have been bitten so many times that their body have developed a kind of immunity against the venom. Nevertheless, you can see scars and necrosis on their limbs.
The snake farm is one of the largest producers of anti-venom Serum in Asia.
It is found on Rama IV, opposite the Suriawongse Road, and not far from the Pan Pacific Hotel. The closest Sky train stop is SalaDaeng. The shows begin at 11am and 2.30 pm on weekdays and 11 am on holidays, admission is 70 Baht.
The first thing we went to see in Bangkok was the snake farm, where they produce anti-venom serum from all kinds of different poisonous snakes. There are shows with snakes several times a day and also a short slide show inside a building.
After the outdoor show anyone who wants to can have a snake around his or her shoulders.
You should attend the slide presentation by the Red Cross Society on Snakes. It is about half an hour before the snake show. There are two shows on weekdays and one on weekends. The entrance fee is 70 baht for adults and kids below the age of 11 go free.
The Thailand Cobra Show outside Bangkok (close to the Dumnoen Saduak Floating Market) purports to be the country’s longest running and best cobra show. What you see is definitely not something you are likely to see in too many other countries. Among other things, the show includes a snake-handler charming a King Cobra, another snake-handler flinging around a “jumping” snake, a fight between a King Cobra and a mongoose, and, for the grand finale, a snake-handler catching three venomous Mangrove Snakes. The last act may not sound too impressive, but the guy catches the last snake with his mouth while holding one snake in his left hand and the other in his right. As with the elephant shows, serious questions about the treatment of the animals involved can be raised. Those questions aside, it is a rather amazing spectacle to witness at least once.
This was a really interesting activity. For a small fee, you are given a lecture about different varieties of poisonous snakes, and how anti-venom is processed. I, personally, had no idea horses were used (humanely!) as part of the process. The lecture is a little dry, but the presenters do try to make it humorous and interesting.
The best part is the "show." Do your best to leave the lecture hall as quickly as possible to get a good seat in the small stadium. The closer to the front you are, the better your view. Various snakes are displayed, such as cobras and banded kraits, and in some cases you are even allowed to touch them--not the cobras though, obviously. Venom 'milking' is also shown. After the demonstration, audience members are invited to come closer to inspect the snakes, and you can have your photo taken with one of several LARGE--but non-venomous--snakes.
Altogether a good experience--and an interesting side-trip for both kids and adults. If you have a fear of snakes, though, this isn't the place for you!
i have been here twice , but missed the venom milking though . the snake show is great , sit at the front for the best view , they bring out the poisonous and non poisonous snakes and tell you a bit about them , then at the end you can hold the large python - lots of fun
both times there were a few families there and with a little coaxing most of the kids held the snake
they also have an indoor area where there are many snakes on display , it all looks nice and clean and a nice environment (for being in captivity)
i had also been to the snake farm outside bangkok ( i think near the floating market ) i didn't like it , sort of dirty conditions, and at one point in the show let a mongoose bite a snake ( i hate seeing cruelty just to entertain , i know it happens in the wild but thats natural behaviour not humans basicly giving the snake to the mongoose to chew on) so i was not impressed with it
If you're looking for a close encounter with snakes, then this snake farm is for you! Right in the heart of Bangkok this place offers a display of several snakes in a half hour show that includes a feeding. Other snakes can also be seen in cages or glass cases. There is also an 80's video to watch as well.
The highlighted snakes are king cobra, mangrove, and of course the python. They milk the venom from the mangrove then feed another snake. The venom is used to create anti venom serum for the whole nation. You can get a picture with a python as well.
It costs about 70 or 80 Baht to get in.
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