I had already been to Penang at the start of my trip into Malaysia, so decided to blast on past from Pangkor Island straight to Alor Setar before heading back to Thailand the next day. However, a change of plans meant i now needed to get a new tourist visa for Thailand so i doubled back the 150kms or so back down to Penang. Arriving at the Thai embassy with 5 minutes to spare, i got my application in for a 3 month tourist visa and headed off to check into a guest house in Georgetown. Nice enough place but full of backpackers jabbering on about where they have been/going and how expensive everything is.
I had heard of the Chinese snake temple last time i was here so decided to ride down and take a look. The actual temple is run of the mill, and much like any other Chinese temple, with the exception of there being a few lethargic snakes wrapped around bamboo trees.
The main attraction is next door at the snake zoo. Its the sort of place where you half expect snakes to be slithering out of unsecured cages at will, ready to attack unsuspecting visitors. I was the only visitor/target, so was feeling a bit uneasy. The huge yellow and white Python looked friendly enough, so i gave it a cautions prob through its secure looking cage. As i was doing so, the girl from the front desk came over and opened his cage up. She didn’t speak great English but i think it was clarified that her snake would not try and kill me. When a lady came over with her baby, the snake made a beeline straight for the child as it tasted the air with it”s tongue. They spoke Malay, but I assume that she didn’t give the same no kill guarantee.