Who would pass up the chance to spend an hour surrounded by cute little corgis? Nobody, that’s who. So we’re not surprised that the Corgi in the Garden café in Bangkok, Thailand — where you can hang out with 12 adorable corgis —is a big hit with locals and travelers alike!
Corgi in the Garden
The idea for Corgi in the Garden came about when pet parent and café owner Tanchanok Kanawong got her first corgis. Pre-corgi, she had a total of 10 Siberian huskies and golden retrievers combined. When they passed away, she started looking for a smaller breed (that were much easier to care for) with the same lovable characteristics as her big dogs, and settled on a male corgi puppy that she named Dean.
Dean’s funny and lovable disposition won Tanchanok over to the breed, so she brought home more corgis. “One became two, then four, then five,” Tanchanok shares. When two of her dogs, Dean and Quinn, had a litter of seven puppies, Tanchanok ended up with 12 corgis in total: Papa Dean, Mama Quinn, Pumpkin, Porkchop, Salmon, and pups Bean, Bone, Barley, Buttercup, Blossom, Babycorn, and Bluebell. They also have a 13th puppy waiting in the wings. Marmalade is currently an intern corgi who just needs to complete her vaccination before being able to join playtime at the café. “The idea of [opening a corgi café] came to me after seeing them running around, sharing their energy and [amusing antics]. In a nutshell, I just wanted to share my happiness,” Tanchanok tells Smile.
The café had a pilot run for a few months in 2018 — back when she had only five corgis. After the addition of seven new pups, the café underwent a big renovation to accommodate the additional dogs. It then officially reopened on January 18 of this year.
All 12 corgis come out to play with the guests in scheduled one-hour sessions. Only 50 guests are allowed per round.
- Round 1: 10:30am (on Saturdays and Sundays only)
- Round 2: 12:30pm
- Round 3: 2:30pm
- Round 4: 4:30pm
“The one-hour gap between the sessions is to [allow the corgis to rest]. On weekday mornings, they run around in the backyard before coming back in for grooming and to get ready for the sessions. [They also undergo training] outside café hours,” Tanchanok says.
“I love [the] dogs and want to see them happy [just being dogs], so I won’t force them to do anything they’re not willing to do. [And this applies] to the café playtime,” she says, adding that she expects guests to strictly follow the café’s rules and regulations:
- No flash photography
- Do not carry pups without staff supervision
- Pet only with your hands
- Let sleeping dogs be
- Offer treats on your open palm instead of your fingers
- Do not give the dogs human food
- In case of a dog fight, let the staff handle it
First come, first served
Corgi in the Garden serve hot and iced coffee, lattes, sodas, teas, homemade desserts, and snacks. Seating is limited so the café does not take reservations, and operate on a first-come, first-served basis only. And yes, there is an entrance fee: 250 baht comes with one drink, while 350 baht comes with one drink and one cake or ice cream. Kids under 90 cm tall get in for free.
For Kanawong, Corgi in the Garden is more than a business venture, it’s an opportunity for her corgis to meet new people and bring them joy. She loves seeing how her dogs can brighten up someone’s day. “I hope the customers feel like [they’ve come over] to play with dogs at a friend’s house, and [just enjoy the] positive energy.”
We bet even the Queen of England would drop by if she could. Corgis are famously beloved by HRH, who has had over 30 Pembroke Welsh corgis and until only a few years ago, was known to breed them. Corgis have been described as as affectionate, smart, and alert. While they were originally bred as herders, you’re more likely to see one hanging out on the sofa with their favorite human than out in the pasture herding cattle these days.
And, here’s a cute little trivia: according to Welsh legends, corgis were used by fairies and elves to pull their coaches and to serve as steed for fairy warriors. Turns out they’re as magical as we always thought they were — and now you get a chance to hang out with these enchanted dogs!
Corgi in the Garden café is open Tuesdays to Fridays (12.00nn-6.00pm; Saturdays and Sundays (10.00am-6.00pm); 338/1 Kallapaphruek Road, Khwaeng Bang Wa, Phasicharoen Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10160; fb.com/corgiinthegarden
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Have a furry fun time at more pet cafés in Bangkok!
- Caturday Cat Café. If you’re more of a cat person, then make your way to this cat café, where the decor and food are almost as cute and adorable as the kitties. 89/70 Phayathai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
- Big Dog Café. For fans of big dogs, this café is a dream come true. Hang out with Alaskan malamutes, chow chows, and other large dog breeds. Make sure to make reservations prior to going. 82 Soi Ratchadaphisek 10, Lane 7, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
- Rabbito Café. If you think only dogs and cats get cafés in Bangkok, think again. Hop on over to this bunny café and chill out with rabbits and guinea pigs. 82/3 Nong Kae Village Pak Chong Road – Ban Sak Mueang Pak Chong Nakhon Ratchasima Province
*Photos courtesy of Corgi in the Garden
Cebu Pacific flies to Bangkok. From the airport, you can take a taxi, Grab car or the SRTET City Line to get to these cafés. cebupacificair.com