The Snake Farm is a thrilling spectacle where visitors get a rare and up-close look at many of Thailand's most fearsome reptiles. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, the Samui Snake Farm features daily shows where brave snake wranglers coax the creatures into displaying their amazing fighting moves. A variety of snakes are used in the show, with king cobras and giant pythons being the star attractions.
Centipede and scorpion shows are also held daily, in case the big snake show somehow fails to excite! There are also daily demonstrations of cock fighting, one of rural Thailand's most popular traditional sports spectacles.
The Snake Farm also features a reptile zoo where visitors are offered the chance to touch and handle some of the (more docile) snakes, a spine-tingling and educational experience not to be missed. Thailand is home to some 170 variety of snakes, 50 of which are venomous, so there's certainly no shortage of fascinating and formidable creatures to see here!
Highlights and Features
The Snake Farm puts on two hour-long shows daily, starting at 11am and 2pm. Highly entertaining and informative, the show starts with a variety of snakes, where audience members gasp and applaud while the snake charmers perform their dangerous dances with the slithering reptiles. Their moves tease out the snakes into striking and defensive moves, including venom-spitting, lurching and baring their sharp fangs. The cock fighting display is a toned-down version of this vicious sport, with announcers explaining the history and rules of the fight. Next up is the scorpion show, where a woman stands motionless while these creepy black creatures with lightning-fast attack speeds and deadly stinging tails clamour over her. The same daring test of mental will is then performed with centipedes. Closing the show is the king cobra demonstration, with the world's largest and most fearsome venomous snake striking some awe-inspiring poses.
The reptile zoo houses a variety of exotic creatures including many snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and mongooses. The mongoose looks furry and friendly, but it is in fact the nemesis of the king cobra and a fierce fighter.
The Snake Farm gained international fame when Thailand's 'Scorpion Queen' Kanchana Kaetkaew used it as the venue for her 2008 Guinness Book of World Records feat of holding a seven-inch-long scorpion in her mouth for two full minutes. She is also known for holding the record for the 'longest stay with scorpions', her latest being 33 days with some 5000 of the stinging critters. And, proving that love can bloom in the most unusual of places, it was at the Snake Farm where the Scorpion Queen met her husband, Bunthawee Siengwong, better known as the 'Centipede King' for his stunt involving a long stay with 1000 centipedes. The couple continue to put on their bold performances at the Snake Farm.
Samui Snake Farm
- Opening Hours: Daily with showtimes at 11am and 2pm
- Remarks: Keep in mind that these are dangerous and unpredictable creatures, so, aside from the gentle snakes that are brought out for visitors to handle under supervision, be sure to heed the Snake Farm's advice: 'You can look, but don't touch!'
- Address: 88/2 Moo 4 Taling-ngam, along Route 4170, about 13 kilometres south of Nathon Pier
- Tel: +66 (0)77 423 247