I have the mixed feeling of hate, scare and disgust about snakes. Just a thought of them is enough to make my skin crawl and gives me nightmares, but this tiny village in Thailand has a thing for snakes!
I mean, literally, most houses have few boxes of snakes in their home to play with or for any snaky business. I wasn’t so keen to visit this place, but everyone told me it was be a memorable trip… ya, I know (sigh). Face your fear, people say…
The self-organized King Cobra Village of Ban Khok Sa-Nga is a festive snake show theme attraction in Khon Kaen province of Thailand.
The locals breed and train hundreds of snakes, king cobras mostly, and put together a great daredevil show. Man-snake boxing matches seem to be highlights of the fair.
I selected the far seat, with easy escaping access because the stage was roughly constructed, fully open and no security or safety precaution whatsoever. I swear, there were number of times I was about to jump out of the seat running for my life.
The handlers taunted enraged giant king cobra that were so quick and fierce. The deadly serpents slither across the stage when the man pulled its tail back, provoking the snake to attack back.
There were so many stunts I wish I had not seen. It was so scary and I heard a couple sat next to me said a snake kill a tourist just few weeks prior too our visit.
Are you kidding me…they even make out with the scary reptiles!
There were so many deaths during the organized snake fight ever since the village had decided to go for this deadly business but the villagers do not seem to back down from the death defining act. No doctor supervision or pharmacy insight, the locals believed and still practiced on traditional herbal medicines.
It is scary to know that king cobras can kill a victim within 15 minutes after biting, and even if you survive there is still the risk of nerves damage. My husband was first skeptical about the show and said these snake had been extracted all poison and no venom left in them, I explained to him that though these snakes were trained but they were all real and one bite could even kill an elephant.
Was I the only one who scare of snake? Yaseen was enjoying the giant python hug. We help the villagers out with small donation to support thier honored frightful business.
There were a lot of snakes and other animals displayed in the deplorable cages. We were told that they were rescued from many other sources.
To the lighter side of the snake village, the easy leisurely side, shopping is at King Cobra Village was the part I could comfortably relate, too.
The villagers set up the beautiful market selling handicrafts, arts, toys, souvenirs, clothes, gifts, and many other interesting stuffs. We got the good bargain on some hats, toys and local handicrafts. The shops displays quality products with very reasonable price.
When I was a kid, I had a friend who wanted to be “Frog specialist” when she grew up, I thought it was stupid. But visiting this spine-chilling snake village makes me realize people just born to be different and passionate about things stranger to mine. They all make honest good living in many respectable ways.
If you are in town, you really need to drop by and see this bet-on-fate show in King Cobra Village. It’s a great place to see such horrendous creatures up close and get your heart pumping.