Review: "the Attractions of Penang: snake Temple"

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If you ask me: "is it Worth it to see the snake Temple in Penang?", I answer: "Definitely YES!". And it's not that it's super-interesting place and nothing like you will not find anywhere else. "Temple of the serpent" or "snake temple" in Penang is quite a mediocre Church, and a small, which has only one small feature: a snake living in it. Each visit will find it interesting. And let love visiting you will not experience unhappy, I think, will not. But, this is my personal opinion after visiting the temple, so I suggest to visit it.

If you question whether to attend an exhibition of snakes near the temple, I will say unequivocally: "No!". And is willing to try to convince anyone. Why learn further.

First, a little history of the temple. There are many stories and legends about the temple and snakes in it. We heard this in Penang. Once upon a time lived on the island a very devout old man (according to the literary sources, his name was Chor Soo Kong), received in his youth, ordained in their faith. He was very kind; protect and defend all living creatures and let them into your house. Among the guests was his home and snakes. They loved to hide in the house of the elder, continued to live there after his death. For many centuries the snake continued to live until the house in 1850 was not built a temple in honour of Chor Soo Kong. However, the construction of the temple the snake did not leave, and continue to live to this day.

From another point of view of local skeptics say that the temple servants themselves bring snakes into the temple and tear they have fangs with poison so they didn't bite. But such naysayers are very few.

So we are in Penang hotel "Hotel Mingood" - almost the heart of the tourist district of Georgetown. The snake temple is located almost on the other side of the island, near the airport, so we had to drive a long way. Given our economical way to travel, of course, we decided to visit the temple independently, and to use this public transport in Penang. To the "snake Temple" is a large enough number of buses (102, 305, 306, 401 and 401Е) that are sent, or rather passing through the bus station at KOMTAR. To Komtar from hotel we reached in 15 minutes on foot. In the Komtar was waiting for the bus for about five minutes, and went to the Temple for another forty minutes. Of course, in the taxi we got from the hotel in 30 minutes, but it's not our way.

The journey by local bus

Upon entering the bus we asked the driver, who can drive a bus with us to the temple and asked to inform us about the exit at the right stop.

The driver has not forgotten his promise and was kindly informed us about the bus stop near the temple. We fell out of the nice cool air-conditioned bus with several other passengers. The temple was directly on the opposite side of the road.

The entrance to the Temple
The entrance to the Temple

The entrance to the temple is absolutely free.

Snakes in the temple not so much, and all they seem sleepy and completely immobile. And already crept into the idea of a skeptic that they're not real until I tried to touch one of them. The reaction from her was very sluggish, but at least she was alive. Everywhere in the temple, especially for people curious as I just written "Please, don't let the Pit Vipes kiss your fingers."

Snake see?
- No.
- And it is.

But not just for the snakes you can see here:

After leaving the temple, we decided to visit the exhibition of snakes, which "hid" the left of the entrance to the temple. Entrance to the exhibition cost 5 ringgit (about 50 rubles).

This exhibition, extremely sad spectacle. An area of approximately six by six meters located on the perimeter of the aquarium, dirty Windows which half-dead snake. Only some of them move and showed a reaction.

In the middle of the room of this so-called exhibition, a small pond with curious turtles who were so eager to look at the camera. That was one thing that amused and pleased here.

In the center of the open cage lay a Python, who have long tired of the fact that its all touch, and absolutely did not respond.

Why is here still placed incredibly dirty cage with monkeys. And even more unclear why it is not clean.

But the worst thing we saw when was about to leave, and that was enough to spoil all impression of the trip. I have not even raised a hand to photograph, so there were only words. We saw a couple of rabbits and decided to approach them closer. But when approached, saw that they were all in wounds and ulcers. They were not in cages and not run away because you just could not move, although it was evident that they were alive. Apparently the poor rabbits were prepared for Breakfast one of the inhabitants of the exhibition, although it was possible to think that they have already passed through the stomach of one of the pythons. I just wonder why they are at least not hidden from the eyes of visitors. My soft heart barely survived this torment and we quickly left.

That is why I do not recommend anyone to visit this exhibition. But the temple is certainly worth a visit.

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admin December 22, 2017

There are several variants,but in any case the route you have to be on their own. Here in a nutshell information:
From Pattaya you need to get into Satun (city in the South of Thailand), and from there by ferry or drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis in Malaysia already.
I would prefer the first option, Satun, as passed through twice, it was fine. To Satun from Pattaya can be reached with a stopover in Bangkok. Travel from Bangkok to the southern bus station and there change to the bus to Satun. Previously, these buses were a lot, now looked up the schedule, there are very few, maybe just schedule them there. But even then that is quite suitable, it is night, will arrive in Satun in the morning and in the afternoon we will depart on the ferry. Basically about Satun all we've got painted -
The second option is via Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. If by bus, you must first get from Bangkok to hat Yai (, and from there to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis as you prefer, and then onto the ferry. According to this embodiment can be on the train ride.
The schedule for crossings, see here:
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