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The Snake Catchers of Bangkok

Nicolas Axelrod works regularly with Great Big Story through out Southeast Asia. Some of the stories he has covered for them are travel pieces like Wat Plai Leam in Koh Samui, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, Supertree Grove in Singapore, The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, The Erawan museum in Bangkok, Wat Samphran and the Amphawa floating market also in Bangkok, other are character driven pieces like Pam's chef's table in 'Fine Dining at Home', or the story of Lek and Baitoey who sell bugs in Bangkok's Koh Sarn road, others are about food - blue noodles in the south of Thailand, or fried flowers on the Chaophraya river.

Video: Nicolas Axelrod · Publication: CNN - Great Big Story · Location: Bangkok

Phinyo Pukphinyo has an ordinary job with a few extraordinary requirements. As a firefighter in Bangkok, he's not only expected to save people from burning buildings but also from slithering house guests. Recently, snakes have become an everyday sighting in Bangkok, and have begun to infiltrate residents’ daily lives. Pukphinyo says he is now spending more time catching snakes than going near flames. Luckily, he loves it.