King Cobra Village in Khon Kaen Thailand


King Cobra Village, Ban Kok Sa-nga Khon Kaen, Thailand


Welcome to Ban Kok Sa-nga or in English, the King Cobra Village. Located just outside of Khon Kaen in Tambon Sai Mun, this village is one of the most famous attractions in northeastern Thailand. It’s weird, wacky and very entertaining.

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King Cobra Show in Khon Kaen

Ban Kok Sa-nga is a village that’s famous for its strange residents, king cobras. Every home in the village has snakes as pets. Guests come to the local temple Wat Si Thamma to watch the village’s notorious cobra shows. The locals have dedicated their lives to training king cobras and you can see that in these performances. The snakes can dance with skill and grace. For an animal that’s known as terrifying, here they appear to be very tame – completely controlled by their masters. One of the most unbelievable feats you can watch here at the King Cobra Village is a boxing match, but not any ordinary boxing match. It’s between a king cobra and a man. The king cobra’s strength is both impressive and frightening, making for an unforgettable show.
King Cobra Show in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Origins of King Cobra Village in Khon Kaen

How the Cobra Village was started is an interesting story. In 1951, a local doctor did a cobra show to attract clients to his village and sell herbal medicine. Today the villagers continue to travel around the area offering snake shows, and selling herbal medicine as extra income. As you can see, even the village children perform in the snake shows. They learn to handle cobras from a very young age and it’s a normal part of growing up in this community. If you’re not afraid, you may even get a chance to touch a snake yourself.

This is such a unique attraction, and one of the most interesting reasons to come to Khon Kaen! There is nothing like this anywhere else in Thailand. So if you want to come here, it’s only around 60 kilometres from Khon Khaen’s city centre.

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