The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute is probably the most famous snake farm in Bangkok. It was opened by King Rama VI on 7th December 1922 and the aim was to become an official institute to conduct research and to develop treatment against rabies and also to produce anti-venom to treat venomous bites and stings. As part of the celebration of the King Bhumibol’s birthday anniversary and the founding of the institute, the Snake Farm will be free from 5th to 7th December 2017. This is expected to now be an annual event so mark your diaries for next year.
A visit to the snake farm offers you a chance to explore the extensive exhibition of various kinds of snakes as well as to watch snake-handling and venom-milking live demonstrations, both of which require special techniques from the experts. On 5th December, there will be a snake handling show at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. On the 6th and 7th December, there will be a snake venom-milking show at 11:00 am and a snake handling show at 2:30pm. The institute is on Rama 4 Road within walking distance of BTS Sala Daeng station.