From gigantic anacondas that lurk in the Amazon to a plethora of serpents that managed to find themselves on a plane, Hollywood has long mirrored humankind's fascination and revulsion with snakes! These reptiles however have somewhat unfairly been portrayed as merciless killers and in fact in some cultures, especially in Asia, they are revered.
When it comes to snakes, Thailand is one destination that has plenty of them. Living with these reptiles has become part and parcel of day to day life for those that live away from the city and near jungles. Be it king cobras, Russell's vipers, krait belts, rattlesnakes or even varieties of sea snakes, Thailand has it all, some of which are amongst the most poisonous in the world. The Thai island of Phuket is no exception when it comes to being home to a range of snakes and those wanting to see and even get up close with these slithery serpents can visit one of its snake farms.
Located in such areas as Chalong or at the Phuket Shooting Range, these snake farms not only give you a chance to learn more about snakes, but also witness thrilling shows where snake handlers get very "hands on" with these poisonous reptiles. Some shows provide visitors with a "show and tell" segment where one can find out what to do when encountering a snake as well as the effects of poisonous venom. Those with nerves of steel are given the chance to have a picture taken with a python draped around their neck or even pet a cobra.
The highlight however are the snake shows which mostly feature cobras and king cobras. Experienced snake handlers handle these slippery customers with seemingly no fear at all. Show-stopping moments include handlers actually planting a kiss on the head of a king cobra; a potentially killer kiss if ever there was one!
After an outing with snakes look to head to the comforting confines of a Phuket luxury resort where you can unwind, enjoy a soothing spa treatment and indulge in some personal pampering. Located at Cape Yamu and offering views of the Andaman Sea, Point Yamu Phuket is an option worth considering and provides Phuket luxury accommodation that features the very best in contemporary comforts.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+
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