Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute

Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute information

Location
Bangkok , Thailand
Address
cnr Th Phra Ram IV & Th Henri Dunant
Getting there
Metro: Si Lom exit 1
Subway: Sala Daeng exit 3
Prices
adult/child 200/50B
Opening hours
9.30am-3.30pm Mon-Fri, to 1pm Sat & Sun
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Snake farms tend to gravitate towards carnivalesque rather than humanitarian, except at the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute. Founded in 1923, the snake farm gathers antivenin from venomous snakes. This is done by milking the snakes’ venom, injecting it into horses, and harvesting and purifying the antivenin they produce. The antivenins are then used to treat human victims of snake bites.

Regular milkings and snake-handling performances are held at the outdoor amphitheatre.

The leafy grounds are home to a few caged snakes (and a constant soundtrack of Western rock music), but the bulk of the attractions are found in the Simaseng Building, at the rear of the compound. The ground floor houses several varieties of snakes in glass cages.