While Bangkok has loads to offer, a visit to a Snake Farm may not be the first thing that springs to mind. However, as an alternative day trip, it ain’t half bad! I know some of you may be thinking *Asian Farm/Zoo = Animal Welfare Issues* but you can rest easy with a visit here knowing that the reptiles are treated with respect and care and that the team is highly experienced professionals! Here’s a look at what a day trip to Bangkok’s snake farm is like.
What does Bangkok’S Snake Farm have to offer?
The farm is home to over 50 different species of endemic and exotic snakes with around 1500-2000 creatures kept on site. And having been operating for almost 100 years these guys know a thing or two about snakes! A day trip to Bangkok Snake Farm will be full of slithers, screams and surprises but importantly it will also be super educational.
Spend your day wandering around the tanks and terrariums that house the snakes discovering everything from size and severity of their bite, to habitat and dining habits. Since its refurb the farm now has tanks inside and out so you can while away hours looking at all the crazy colours and creatures.
One of the highlights of every trip to Bangkok Snake Farm is the daily ‘show’ during which a veterinarian or snake handler introduces a species, sometimes even letting guests come up to the front for a stoke or a hold. Daring kids particularly love this part! Shows are held at 2:30pm on weekdays and 11am on weekends and holidays and aren’t to be missed.
Every day’s a school day!
Snake bites can be a real problem in Thailand, where access to anti-venom to treat bites from the numerous lethal species that reside here is hard to come by. That’s why the team at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute (attached to the snake farm) use science and analysis to extract the venom from endemic species in order to learn and create new medicine that can treat the thousands of bites that occur each year. The farm is located next to the Chulalongkorn Hospital and is part of the Thai Red Cross Institute, so you know they are working towards creating a better future for both snakes and people.
Another useful demonstration at the farm is the inclusion of recognition and first aid tips so you know exactly what to do if you see or are bitten by certain species. This is great for both locals and tourists alike as being prepared takes away initial fear that comes with seeing a snake and prevents harmless creatures being unnecessarily killed.
The Practical Bits
Now you’ve decided that a visit the Bangkok Snake Farm sounds like a fun day out you’ll want to know the practical deets on getting there…
The Bangkok Snake Farm is open daily (8:30am–4:30pm weekdays; 8:30am–12pm weekends and holidays) and we’d recommend visiting in the morning as the snakes are most active at this time of day.
The farm is located a short walk from Lumpini Park and only five minutes from the Silom MRT station so there’s no excuse not to pop in for a visit. If you’re coming by car or taxi you’ll need to head to the intersection of the roads Rama IV and Henry Dunant.
Plus, the entrance fees are fairly decent (Adults 200 Baht (US $6.00), Children 50 Baht (US $1.50)).
Whether you come here with a fear or fascination of snakes you’re sure to learn something new, and you never know, you might even start to love them when you see them as a misunderstood creature rather than a mortal enemy!