King Cobra Village of Thailand

Some of you may well shudder with what is shown here! A visit to King Cobra Village of Thailand. 

Udon-News thanks forum member 'Maithai' for this excellent report!

It's located about 97 km from Udon Thani. Take highway 2 towards Khon Kaen  and drive about 80 km to Nam Phong. Turn left onto road 2039, and continue for 14.5 km and then turn at the signpost on the right. Shortly thereafter, you'll see the Ban Khok Sa-Nga gate.

You come to a large parking lot surrounded, as usual, by many shops selling souvenirs and traditional medicines. It's open daily from 8 am to 5 pm, and every year from April 11 to 17 there will be a big snake festival in the neighboring temple.

Footpaths lead to a number of enclosures housing king cobras.

Here's where the dangerous snakes have been kept and bred for many generations - even the children learn how to deal with them. The snakes are kept as pets here and belong to the families. Since 1951, it has became a tourist attraction. The venom isn't milked from the fangs which is believed to enhance the life expectancy of the snakes.

This king cobra is extremely deadly and can grow up to 5.5 meters long.

This python has squeezed into a wet spot.

This is the show arena. Safety devices don't exist here! There are rumours of deaths among spectators, but detailed information is not available.

To kick off there's a python dance. The shows have no set start times. What time can you get there?

Fearless girls! But these pythons are pretty slow (maybe drugged?).

Now there's a boxing match with the king cobras. Whenever the snake wants to escape the attention of spectators, he grabs it by the tail and pull it back. Not for the faint-hearted!

The head of this poor python is put down this guy's pants.

So - that was it. An interesting and sparkling outing, and good to combine with a pleasant dinner on the bamboo rafts on the Ubonrat Reservoir. Have fun!

posted on: 14.10.2013 - last update on: 19.10.2013

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Latitude: 16.69669
Longitude: 102.93338

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