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Snake Farm (Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute)

Known for its use as a research institute of snake venom and snake breeding, the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the dangerous reptile through an interactive educational experience.

The institute was built on the order of King Rama VI as the result of the death of Princess Momchaoying Banlusirisarn Diskul in 1911 due to rabies; the institute sought to find a vaccine for the disease.

Today, the institute is filled with thousands of different kinds of snakes from all around the globe, while offering several interesting displays and exhibits giving detailed explanations not just of snakes themselves, but the poisonous venoms that are extracted from them. If one likes, the institute even has a snake handling demonstration, where you can watch a trained employee tempt fate.

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