Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

Attraction 1871 Rama 4 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
02:30 PM
04:00 PM
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Museum
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0.17 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, is a snake farm and museum operated by the Red Cross which specializes in the education, production, and research of anti-venom.

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Why Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is special ?

The institute originally began as a facility to study rabies and smallpox vaccines, but has shifted its focus towards reptilian poisons. Within walking distance of Bangkok's biggest shopping district, thirty-five species of venomous snakes are kept in both indoor and outdoor enclosures. The facility also houses several species of other dangerous reptiles, amphibians, and insects. The purpose here is not titillation but education. The Institute creates most of the region's antivenin, which is used to treat snakebite victims, and in the process they seek to share their knowledge about these frightening, but fascinating, creatures.

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What to explore at Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute?

The museum contains two floors of snakes with accompanying information about their species and habitat. On the third floor there are preserved examples of snakeskin and skeletons. There is even a viewing area where, if you are lucky, you can view the process of venom extraction.

Additional enclosures outside harbor more snakes as well as a seating area for daily demonstrations. After these demonstrations visitors have the chance to meet tame, nonvenomous snakes up close.

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How to get to Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute?

BTS Sala Daeng station, Thai Red Cross is across the street next to ChulalongkornHospitalor MRT Samyan station and Thai Red Cross is next to Chamchuri Squareon the left. Bus no. 4, 45, 47, 50, 67, 74, 76, 141, 501

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Selling points

  • Great snake adventure
  • Great place to go with kids
  • Great show, great price!”
  • Good Show Educational and Entertaining
  • Great place for all ages
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
180.11 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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1871 Rama 4 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand

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Tips for you

  • Go to the auditorium to have lunch there with a real cheap cost.
    Food
  • If you would like to get a free photo, 2pm in afternoon is only time to do that
    Photography
  • If you travel on your own, the Snake Farm can be hard to find, so, let’s use your maps to get close and then ask in any open office
    Experience
  • There is very limited seating so get there well in advance of the show starting for the best views.
    Equipment
  • Make sure you arrive before 11am (weekends and holidays) or 2:30pm (weekdays) for the milking and demonstrations, as otherwise there seem to be no caretakers around to explain.
    Timming
  • Monday – Friday (except extra holidays.) 08.30 am - 4.30 pm Weekends and extra holidays. 08.30 am - 12.00 pm. (Clinic only)
    Timming
  • You can also make donation for the good cause of their works
    Other
  • 200 baht for adults, 50 baht for children. You can enter the QSMI for free on public holidays
    Ticket and Pricing
  • There is indoor exhibition informative, particularly, they have video presentation about snake life cycle, and how to handle when bitten by snake.
    Events
  • If you would like to see snack show, be punctual, it gets very crowed and then you could not have a good place
    Events

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Wow, what a great way to spend a Saturday morning if you are an animal lover. For an admission fee of just 200 Baht (~$6 USD) at the Snake Farm at Queen Saovabha Memorial, one gets admission to 10-15 outdoor snake exhibits, about twice that many animals inside the air conditioned, very well done serpentarium/museum, a venom milking show if you go on a weekday, and of course the highlight of the day, the snake show!Let me start with the highlight - the snake show was totally rad! It lasts about 35-40 minutes - I got there about 25 minutes early to get a front row center seat which I recommend because the stands started filling up pretty quickly after I sat down. You will want a front row seat to watch them play with the cobras! The show started with the keepers handling a large king cobra, then a pair of monocle cobras, on to a couple of species of super-venomous but very passive kraits, a mangrove snake, an arboreal viper, a few native non-venomous species, such as two species of rat snakes and a sunbeam snake, and ended with a very large albino Burmese python that you can get your picture with for free! Aside from displaying the snakes for the audience to see, there was also very accurate commentary from an information standpoint about the biology of the species displayed. The commentary was free of extra attempts to invoke audience emotion by exaggerating the behavior of the snakes and characterizing them as likely to attack, more venomous than they truly are, etc. The overall focus of the information leaned towards conservation, a wonderful thing in a country with such rich reptile diversity.The outside snake exhibits include about 10-15 snakes of mostly Thai origin, but also includes some non-native pythons, anacondas, and just a couple of North American species. The indoor serpentarium is an absolute not miss - again, very informative, very accurate information on snake biology and evolution, and some very memorable snake exhibits as well - a golden spitting cobra, a king cobra, and several obscure species of tree vipers were the highlights for me.This is a GREAT way to spend half a day in Bangkok learning about some of the awesome snake diversity of Thailand at a bargain price. Definitely go! Being just a few feet from a cage free, hooding, king Cobra during the snake show is worth the price of admission alone!

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The snake farm was very entertaining! We went on a Friday to the 230 show. Be there early so you can sit in the front row. If not, you'll have to take picture through other people & their "selfie" sticks! The fee is 200B & well worth it. Check the website for show times & directions.

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Went on a Saturday for the 11am show. Well presented and informative, a variety of snakes shown to the audience. Make sure you go into the building, more snakes and some interesting displays on two floors. Well worth the 200 Baht entrance fee as a foreigner, Thais pay 40 Baht.

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This place offers the snake handling show and the venom milking show. Moreover, if you want to have a chance to hold a very large snake) the handling show is a must attend. Besides that, Before you enter the museum there are a number of live snake exhibits, and more on the ground floor which is definitely informative, and there are many snakes from all over the world. The center breeds snakes and conducts research including medical properties of venom and snake bite antidotes. The 2nd floor is more of a museum explaining snake anatomy, life style and effects and treatment of snake bites. Additionally, after the snake handling show, you have opportunity to take picture with snakes without payment

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