Who would have thought you can get up close and personal with our reptile friends (or foes) right in the centre of Bangkok city? The inspiring Bangkok Snake Farm is part of the Thai Red Cross Institute, next to the Chulalongkorn Hospital and University. The farm offers visitors an informative and fascinating day out, suitable for the whole family.
Thailand does not have the best reputation for its so-called ‘snake farms,’ but the Bangkok Snake Farm offers a refreshing and ethical place to harness your curiosity or even fears. The farm has large and well-maintained displays with clear descriptions of each species that inhabit the displays. A visit to the Bangkok Snake Farm is likely to be an enlightening experience for many.
You will discover that very few snakes are actually dangerous and that many are a blessing to have around the house, because they help keep unwanted pests at bay.
The Bangkok Snake Farm is home to many different types of snakes, including electric green tree snakes, dazzling rainbow snakes with scales that change in the light, radiated rat snake and highly venomous yellow and black striped branded krait. The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, which partnered with the farm, specialises in extracting venom to produce antidotes through the husbandry of venomous snakes. You might even get the opportunity to see a snake being ‘milked’ during the live educational session.
At 2:30 p.m. on a weekday or 11 a.m. on the weekend is an exhilarating experience: Visitors are invited to take a seat in the auditorium and wait. When he enters, a doctor starts to introduce you to the world of snakes. What is most striking is how much passion the doctor exudes while explaining the living habits of the giant snake in his hands. At all times, the snake is treated with respect and kindness. When a giant albino boa constrictor enters the auditorium, children are always the first to volunteer to handle the friendly snake. The Bangkok Snake Farm gradually challenges visitors’ preconceived notions and may even turn the most fearful into a snake fan.
Entrance fee: Adults 200 Baht (US $6.00), Children 50 Baht (US $1.50).