THAILAND
2002


"Siamese Crocodile"

Bangkok

We travelled about Bangkok using the 'long-tail' river ferrys (so called because of the elongate extension between the outboard engine and the propeller) to reach crocodile farms and temples on the Mae Nam Ping River where it passes through Bangkok enroute to the Bight of Bangkok.

River ferrys are a rapid way to travel around Bangkok, especially the locations we planned to visit,
the crocodile farms and temples near the Mae Nam Ping River.

 

Entering a square in Bangkok we encountered a group of snake handlers from a co-operative north of Bangkok. They were entertaining both locals and tourists by handling a number of adult King cobras (Ophiophagus hannah).

Photographing a King cobra, Ophiophagus hannah

 

King cobra, Ophiophagus hannah

 

Wishing to obtain photographs of these Thai king cobras, I managed to convince the snake handlers to allow me to get close to one of the largest specimens. After I taken a few photographs I asked them if I could handle a large male king cobra. Picking the snake up I then toured around the gathered crowds of Thais and tourists demonstrating my handling abilities.

Handling a King cobra, Ophiophagus hannah

This seemed to set up a competition with the Thai snake handlers who challenged me to copy their feats, which included allowing the king cobra to crawl up a sleeve, under the shirt, down the trousers and out of the trouser leg. I politely decline to compete with them.