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“Really interesting and great photo opportunities, but...”

Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)
Ranked #30 of 573 things to do in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, this organization produces anti-venom serum for snake-bite victims nationwide. * We will be closed on 26th October 2017 due to the Royal cremation *
Reviewed 12 April 2014

Despite being jet lagged after arriving in Bangkok, I really wanted to catch a live show based on the other reviews and I wasn't disappointed. Entry cost just 200 Baht, so £4 approximately per person which is pretty good value considering what you'd get in the UK for that equivalent.

The whole farm was really well thought out and the snakes seemed pretty happy and not in distress. There wasn't time to look inside before the show, but afterwards I went round all the other snake enclosures and got to see some really interesting snakes and take some photographs. Despite one of the snake handlers wanting to get into an enclosure and take a snake out for the live demonstration, he waited when he saw I was taking photographs which I thought was really thoughtful.

The show was packed despite it being a Friday at 2:30 so would suggest you sit down about 15 minutes beforehand to ensure you get a good spot. The guide was nice and spoke both Thai and English and about 7-8 different types of snake were brought out.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt that some of the snakes were antagonised for the audience - the snake would come out and the handler would sometimes put it on the ground... the snake would sometimes not move and if this happened, the handler would poke it or pull its tail - something that didn't sit well with me. The snakes looked really, really healthy and I imagine it didn't hurt them, but even so..... It's totally up to the reader whether that would bother them, I would still recommend the place as they do amazing work and it's the second oldest snake farm in the world. However, I couldn't help feeling slightly sorry for the snakes who probably just wanted to go to sleep.....

I did hold the boa constrictor at the end and that was pretty awesome - they let you take your time taking photographs and didn't try and charge you anything for them. Again, the snake looked very happy and healthy, but no doubt would rather have been sleeping or eating mice...

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

As others have said, make sure to catch a live show. Pretty sure they are 11 and 2:30 during the week and just 11 on the weekends (check the website). The show is very entertaining. When done go into the main building and check out the exhibits on both the first and second floor.

3  Thank joe1212
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Reviewed 1 April 2014 via mobile

The staff speak excellent English and there was a fascinating Collection of live snakes, including many venous cobras, vipers and Craits. The show was excellent, but avoid weekends if you want to see the venom extraction. The best time to go is early in the morning as it's less hot and the exhibits are inside and outside. Even if you don't like snakes you should go, and if you do, then it's a great way to learn about what you might see through Asia. The profit goes to a good cause, and it's one of only two anti venom snake farms in the world. The animals have large and clean exhibits and there also interesting displays on how the venom works, life cycles, first aid and snake structures.

2  Thank Gapyear14
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

The extracting of the venom was very interesting to see, as well as the range of snakes in the serpentarium and outside.

What to work on:
- a better signalisation to get there
- better English spoken explanation

1  Thank rattenpakker
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Reviewed 25 March 2014

The snake farm is a very well run, professional centre in the heart of Bangkok. They are a center for research on snakes and anti-venom development in South East Asia. The staff are very knowledgeable, the collection of snakes very impressive. Their main goal is research and education and not tourism so your small entrance fee is going to a good cause. The demonstrate and educate with live snakes in the afternoon in a small outdoor stadium/seating area. It is mostly shaded and they use microphones to be heard if it is busy. When it gets too hot, there are many levels indoors to be explored (with lovely air-conditioning). The top level is a little undeveloped in parts but the bottom level was excellent and showcased many snakes with their information alongside. For a Thai tourist attraction, its very well run. Kids love it.

2  Thank WhiskeyGirlDublin
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