I love dogs, and so is true with most people. I grew up having dogs, but I now live in a condo that doesn’t allow any pets (boo!). But if I’d be given a chance to have one again, I’d choose a Siberian Husky or Alaskan Malamute. These dogs are extremely smart, energetic and, not to mention, they look like wolves. Since I couldn’t have a dog (for now), I saw a golden opportunity to feel like I have one for a day while solo traveling in Thailand. There’s a place in Thailand where you could find your true love, in a form of a dog — the TrueLove Cafe at Neverland.
About True Love Cafe at Neverland
It is located in Bangkok and is a cafe and dog haven in one. The cafe is home to more than 20 Siberian Huskies combined with other dog breeds who love hooman interactions and are willing to play with you (if they find you interesting).
The Cafe is open from 12:30PM to 4:30PM, from Tuesdays to Sundays. However, note that the playtime sessions with dogs only happen twice a day, at 12:30PM and 3:30PM. You have to arrive 30 minutes before the playtime session to register and sanitise yourself before you could enter the dogs’ playpen.
Admission fee to the Cafe costs 350 Bahts which already include a drink and a slice of sumptuous ice cream cake.
At the end of the playtime session, all the dogs will have to leave the playpen and guests are encouraged to observe and set their cameras to take slow-mo videos capturing the rare moment of seeing more than 20 fur balls run so fast all at the same time. See the video below:
You could also buy stuffed toys, organic soaps and shampoos for your doggos, and other items in the Cafe at a reasonable price.
How to get to TrueLove Cafe at Neverland
The Cafe is located at 153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok (check the map below).
You could get there by riding a train and tuk-tuk, or via Grab.
By Bangkok BTS Skytrain and tuk-tuk
Take the BTS to Ari Station and head to Exit 1 or 3. From there, walk up to Soi Paholyotin 7, then turn left and you’ll see the tuk-tuk terminal. The tuk-tuk ride will only cost 50 Bahts.
If you don’t have the Grab app yet, download it from Appstore or Playstore. You could either book a Grab Car or Grab Bike from anywhere in Bangkok. If you’re traveling alone, I suggest that you book a Grab Bike instead. Not only is it cheaper, but it is also faster. The ride will cost you approximately 100 – 150 Bahts during peak hours.
Important tips and reminders
Here are some of the important reminders when you visit the husky haven:
1. If you have asthma or you’re allergic to danders (pet’s dandruff that causes allergic reactions to hoomans), bring a mask with you or take an antihistamine when needed.
2. The dogs are well-trained, and you need not worry about them being aggressive.
4. Strictly follow the staffs’ instructions in terms of hygiene. Dogs, like humans, could be vulnerable to illnesses and infections.
5. Children 3 years old and below aren’t allowed to play with dogs. Those who are 18 and below should have both their parents with them to be allowed to interact with the dogs.
Paradise for hoomans
It is a dog haven specially made for dog-lovers, or even those who just want to have their first encounter with these amazing animals and find true love-at-first-sight. I was so happy that I visited the Cafe and it has somewhat fulfilled my longing to having a dog again, even just for a day.
If you need more information, you can check TrueLove Cafe’s Facebook page or contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.