Cobra Show, Thailand

Posted in Animals, People, Travel at 6:00 pm by Warren Williams

A small van ride around the corner from Damnoen Saduak, and we were at the famed Cobra Show.
The van load of tourists, including myself were all a tad sceptical before going in, and the price was more than other small attractions. I decided to break the ice first, and pay up, and head through the gates. The arena was filled with a few rows, around 3 sides, but I decided to sit down on the front corner, to get the best angles, but also TRY to be safe – Safety… Yeah right. The crowd sits a mere couple of metres from the live shows, with some shallow water, and a 2-3 foot wall providing psychological protection 😉

The show started with an amazing Cobra handler, and came within millimetres of being jabbed with venom. The next couple of acts, included a Python, jumping snakes and some more poisonous water snakes. There was also a Mongoose Vs. Cobra fight, which looked rather nasty – Thailand seems to allow some forms of animal cruelty for pleasure viewing to demonstrate what does happen in the wild. The poor snake did have numerous wounds/scars down it’s scales.

Nerves of Steel

Enough venom to kill several villagers

Mongoose Vs Cobra (2 – 0)

Anaconda 4 anyone?

My, my, what sharp teeth you have

Close shave

Another close one


  1. Candace said,

    July 31, 2007 at 8:41 am

    I would LOVE to see the mongoose v cobra lol!

  2. Warren Williams said,

    July 31, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Do you like snakes though? 😛

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