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Siam Serpentarium

150-350 baht/person

Address:200, Luang Phaeng Rd., Thap Yao, Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520 Thailand

Tel:+6623265800

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 09:00-18:30

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Its tongue at the tip is split in two. It slithers from one point to another without legs. Yes, it's a snake, and even a small one can scare us away. However, snakes cannot frighten the venom handlers at Siam Serpentarium, who kiss the heads of cobras for show.

Founded and managed by the Siam Park Recreation Company, Siam Serpentarium is the latest edutainment centre concerning snakes in Bangkok. It showcases more than 50 small to large serpents, from many parts of the country and around the world, and hosts snake shows daily.

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Alcoholic beverage, Strong smell food, Children, Pets, Slippers, Short pants, Cameras

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All that slithers

Visitors of all ages can visit the Siam Serpentarium and safely observe, up-close and personal, the world of snakes

The Kid Zone in the outdoor area of the Siam Serpentarium. Karnjana Karnjanatawe

Its tongue at the tip is split in two. It slithers from one point to another without legs. Yes, it's a snake, and even a small one can scare us away. However, snakes cannot frighten the venom handlers at Siam Serpentarium, who kiss the heads of cobras for show.

Founded and managed by the Siam Park Recreation Company, Siam Serpentarium is the latest edutainment centre concerning snakes in Bangkok. It showcases more than 50 small to large serpents, from many parts of the country and around the world, and hosts snake shows daily.

"There is no other place in Thailand like the Siam Serpentarium. We are an edutainment centre that provides knowledge on reptiles as well as enjoyment to visitors," said Siam Park Recreation senior vice-president for Operations and Merchandising Vanjak Chotchaicharin.

Siam Park Recreation is the new business of Siam Park, which has produced and marketed traditional medicines based on snake ingredients for more than 40 years.

"We hope to pass on the knowledge that snakes are not [necessarily] a frightening animal. They will not hurt us unless they feel threatened," he said.

Thailand has a handful of snake shows and snake farms, the most prominent being the Snake Farm of the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute on Rama IV in Bangkok. It has a snake exhibition, snakes in terrariums, venom extraction and snake shows.

"We have worked with the Snake Farm of the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute and learned that foreign visitors are interested in the reptiles. This also inspired us to open the Siam Serpentarium," he said.

In its glittered gold building, visitors will immediately spot a large artificial snake skeleton on the ceiling of the waiting hall. After checking your ticket, a staff member will open the entrance gate of a dome theatre, allowing visitors to enter. When the lights go off, a video is presented.

It shows a group of travellers walking in an animated forest. One of them finds snake eggs and hits an egg with a stick. The action upsets a forest guardian, who turns all of them into snakes.

The video ends, and a staff member of the theatre announces: "Now everyone is turned into little snakes. You are about to hatch from the egg," then opens the exit door of the theatre -- shaped like a dome to represent the egg -- to the first zone, called Snake Museum, showing the life cycle of snakes.

Visitors will see a large-sized brown rabbit, a big frog, a bright flower, the upraised tail of a rattlesnake and the udder and four teats of a giant milk cow, which visitors can stand under. Every figure is larger-than-life-sized, in order to give visitors the same perspective snakes have from the ground.

"But snakes can't see colour. They see things in black and white," said another guide.

Siam Serpentarium provides a number of guides at each zone. Visitors are encouraged to move along a walkway by a guide who waits for them at each point. Each staff member is equipped with a portable microphone and speaker. When one finishes a presentation, another will speak and ask visitors to walk toward her for new information, including how snakes eat their prey, digest, excrete and reproduce.

"It's rare to see the droppings of a snake. They may excrete once within a couple of weeks or months. As their metabolism is slow, they don't eat as often as other animals," said another museum guide.

Snakes can digest bones, but things they cannot digest are fur and hair as well as claws and feathers, she said. There is a demonstration box where visitors are encouraged to insert an arm through one of four constricted holes to know the feeling of a prey being coiled by a python. Once you put your arm inside a hole, it will briefly give a light constriction, providing excitement to children.

Another guide leads visitors to an exhibition of snake scales. This part is connected to the second zone, called Snake Planet, where visitors have to walk through the giant open mouth of a serpent.

Snake Planet is a gallery, each snake exhibited in its own glass display, with information in Thai, English and Chinese.

Outstanding species include the Madagascar giant hognose, yellow and dark brown; the monocled cobra, pale yellow with red eyes; the corn snake, red; the kingsnake; and the anaconda.

There is a healthcare centre where visitors may observe newborn snakes. The walkway will lead to the third zone, called Naka Theatre.

The theatre can accommodate up to 400, hosting four shows a day during the week, five on weekends. The semicircle stage is surrounded by glass panels for audience safety.

Siam Serpentarium is wheelchair-accessible, and is an ideal weekend activity for kids who would like to experience various types of snake up-close.

An albino reticulated python. Karnjana Karnjanatawe

The snake show in Naka Theatre, which can accommodate up to 400 visitors. Karnjana Karnjanatawe

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200, Luang Phaeng Rd., Thap Yao, Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520 Thailand

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