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Scorpion (NOT snake) wine near Hanoi - Answers for Hanoi

Scorpion (NOT snake) wine near Hanoi
hanoi_jon posted July 6th, 2010 at 1:37 pm to Help!.
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Does anyone know where I could buy alot of scorpion "wine" (liquor) direct from the producer? Ive heard of Le Mat, the "Snake Village" outside Hanoi, but wondering if they do anything besides snakes and sell in bulk quantities. Basically im looking for liquor in bottles with weird animals in it, preferably scorpion, but NOT snake.

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July 6th, 2010 at 2:26 pm


Northern end of either Trieu Viet Vuong or Mai Hac De on the Phoe Hue street side there is a large rice wine shop with all sorts of gross beasties in bottles.

Anyone from Oz should know that you will cop a huge fine and or jail for trying bring them into the country, especially poisonous critters, even if they are well post-poisonous.


July 7th, 2010 at 8:45 am

It is also a criminal offence in any countries signatory to UN protocols to traffic in parts of endangered species and by purchasing these products you further encourage their endangerment.

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July 7th, 2010 at 8:51 am


Goats nads, wasps, geckos, scorpions are endangered? I might sympathise cringingly with the goat but the UN is unlikely to care. Bear bile etc.... yes that sucks big time.


July 7th, 2010 at 10:36 am

It is illegal to trade or consume any of the wildlife listed here:

They're protected by law in Vietnam (Decree 32) and internationally by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). These laws are taken pretty seriously here and abroad.

There are also endangered species whose trade is restricted under Decree 32. These include monitor lizards, many kinds of snakes, and seahorses, which are all commonly found in rice wine.

As for scorpions, three kinds are listed as protected by CITES, and you'll never be able to tell which ones you're actually getting in the wine.

I would think very seriously before buying any "weird animals", which are almost always taken from the wild, not farmed. Not only is it often illegal, but, as Pinto says, you're supporting an unsustainable and ecologically disastrous business.

July 7th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Thanks for NoseyinHanoi's informative answer.
The type of info I would have liked to provide to support an argument, but didn't know how!

July 8th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

You could always contact the owner of House of Son Tinh and ask him what does? I'm certain he'd be able to supply you the bulk rice wine.

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November 3rd, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Is it similar to wine sold on Buy-snake-wine shop ? I already bought this one on this store delivered to US) and would like different wine if your know where? Thanks.

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