We Had a Deadly Cobra in Our Room

On one of our trips to Thailand, we found a cobra in our room just before going to bed. Read all about what happened here

After our wedding, we took the ferry to Koh Lanta which is a small island south of Phuket. The honeymoon plan was to simply relax in our nice hotel, draw hearts in the sand like teenagers and enjoy married life as Mr and Mrs.

We weren’t at all prepared for the slightly dramatic turn it took…

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The honeymoon started out great! I’d booked a lovely hotel with a pool just by the beach and with a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Even though the hotel was fairly close to everything, we still felt secluded and with lots of space to ourselves. The first few days were spent at the beach, reading books and indulging Thai food, which was absolute heaven.

Read next: Things to do in Koh Lanta


Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand


Everything was just perfect up until one night. I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth when I noticed a black substance moving at the bottom of the doorframe – I got closer to see what it was – It looked like an oversized black worm, but it moved like a…. snake!


My knight in shining underwear rushed to my side before calling hotel security. Only a few minutes went by and then three men showed up with sticks in their hands and with very serious expressions on the faces. One of them went to the bathroom, sat by the doorway and started poking the yet unknown animal. Then he yelled something in Thai, and the others went around the hut to the bathroom window.

“Snake”, he spoke through his teeth, while agressively going from poking to smashing the soon very-dead snake to oblivion.

deadly cobra, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Not the actual cobra, but another snake we saw on the road

After stuffing the doorway with paper towel, he said:

“You lucky. Cobra mom in bushes out sii.”

“Say what?”

He just quashed her baby-snake to death with a wooden stick. What on earth makes him think she’ll let that slide?! Even though my animal heart was glad they didn’t wipe out the whole snake family, I was still concerned for our safety and I began imagining worst case scenarios:

Snake sneaking into our room.

Snake crawling up in our bed.

Snake hacking and biting hysterically.

Miriam falling out of bed, cramping with tongue hanging out of her mouth.

Great. Here’s for a good night’s sleep.

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Strangely enough, mama-snake didn’t retaliate her snakelet, but it still took me a few days before I could walk outside at night without frantically swinging my flashlight around like a techno light at every sound.

After that, our honeymoon was pure joy.

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Koh Lanta, Thailand

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  1. I’m not sure I will sleep tonight in my own home far away from any cobras let alone been able to stay in that room. I have such a phobia of snakes that even seeing garter snakes in our backyard completely freaks me out. Bravo to you for sticking it out. I would have wanted assurances that the whole snake family was disposed of…permanently…despite what PETA might think of me.

  2. Eeek! The hotel employees seemed so prepared that I couldn’t help but wonder how often they attend to these cobra calls.

    What a way to begin married life! I hope you two were finally able to unwind after this incident and that the honeymoon went smoothly after that.

    1. I had the exact same thought, Cassandra! Even though our marriage started off dramatic, we had a lovely (and peaceful) honeymoon afterwards. I guess these things just happen when you choose a destination like Asia 🙂

    1. Oh dear, you just described my worse nightmare! Apparently, bathrooms are some sort of gathering place for snakes and now I’ll be even more neurotic about checking them 🙂

  3. I had the exact same thing happen…in Phuket…but it was plenty long and grown up!!! It was monocled cobra. They had a long bamboo pole they used to bash it to death. I have a picture of them carrying it out. Ugh. I was freaked out. I came withing about 6 feet of dying.

    1. Oh no! That’s awful, Kira 🙁 I’m glad you didn’t get hurt though, and that they caught it in time. Snakes are definitely not something to take lightly, least of all the venomous species.

  4. Ive been to thailand a hundred times and never saw a snake because I never stayed at any isolated resorts, if you stay in busy areas then snakes dont come there… Its only in isolated resorts with less population around that u will gets snakes intruding otherwise they are more scared of humans than the other way around.

    I wish a tiger cub would come into my Bedroom.. I would just cuddle with it all night long..love tigers.

  5. We where at the same resort in 2017 an I had about a six footer come out of the little bushes near are bungalow when I was walking back from the pool , one Moore step and I would have stepped right on him , don’t know what kind I was but the grounds keeper said it was very poisonous,they got it the next morning in the dining room after it when between the legs of an older English having breakfast

    1. Oh my goodness, that place is snake infested. I’m glad you didn’t get hurt.

      They really ought to search the grounds to ensure none of the guests are in danger.

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