Published on Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Joining the ranks of Bangkok's exotic cafes is the True Love Cafe – specializing in Siberian Huskies and a taste of Thai cuisine.
The True Love Cafe opened in 2013, when Chotiros Ratanabirabongse (who goes by the nickname of Paw), a long-time husky breeder, decided to convert his farm into a place where people could interact and learn more about his favorite canine breed.
By word of mouth, the cafe became a huge hit with tourists and locals alike, news of the Husky-ccentric establishment spread like wildfire among animal lovers worldwide. Streams of customers throng the cafe on a daily basis and Paw can barely keep up with it.
True Love Cafe is now hailed by many who visit it as a MUST SEE attraction in Bangkok. To cuddle up with the 25 huskies of True Love Café, patrons must pay a fee of 350 baht ($14) per hour, which also includes a free cake and drink.
The doggies get five different play times every day, three of which (12:30pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm) are open to human visitors. But before you step into the caged areas to play with them, there’s a strict protocol which you are required follow. Patrons must wash and disinfect their hands, put on plastic foot coverings and watch an etiquette video explaining various rules that need to be followed when interacting with the dogs.
Paw says that although Huskies are generally very intelligent and affectionate creatures, they are also very tough to train. They love to play and receive attention, but they also grab and chase anything that moves off at high speed, which is why visitors are advised against running in the enclosure.
Thailand's tropical climate is not exactly the ideal temperature for a dog that was originally bred to work in the snowy regions of Siberia. Therefore, Paw keeps them comfortable as best as he can; regularly giving them large bowls of ice with their pens kept at a cooling 23 degrees Celsius with the help of 24-hour air-conditioning.
This charming True Love Café is home to 25 gorgeous huskies, two Australian Shepherds, one Japanese Akita and one little Shih Tzu. The huskies are split into three packs, each with their own enclosure, because they will fight if put together. However, they are all very friendly with humans, and love nothing more than posing for selfies and being petted.
The True Love Café has a loyal legion of regulars and a massive daily flow of curious first-timers, therefore it is encouraged to call for a reservation at least a day in advance rather than just dropping by unannounced as the wait time can last two hours.
Address: 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Opening Hours: Tues - Thurs 12pm to 4pm, Fri - Sun 12pm to 6.30pm
Tel No.: +66 85 908 2777