VIDEO: Cat Cafe in Bangkok

Having visited numerous cat cafes in Seoul, South Korea we jumped at the opportunity to pet, play and interact with fancy felines at the Purr Cat Cafe Club located just off of Soi Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand.

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For those who are not pet lovers the idea of marketing a cafe exclusively around the presence of a particular animal must seem like a rather daunting proposition; however, we’re far from normal, and as boisterous cat lovers we decided to pay for overpriced coffee, tea, cake and ice cream for an opportunity to spend an afternoon in the presence of some seriously pampered furry felines.

Our entourage consisted of a group of professed cat lovers – each one of us having had cats as pets at some point in our lives.

Unlike the cat cafe we visited in Korea, the one in Bangkok was quite crowded (with people) as opposed to cats.  The cat to person ratio wasn’t quite as favorable and we had to wait a while to pet certain cats who were receiving attention elsewhere.

However, on the plus side we got to interact with certain breeds of cats we encountered for the first time in our lives.  One particular cat, a Maine Coon, sat on our table for an extended period of time to receive adoration/affection.  In the future, if we own a cat, I’d certainly consider a Maine Coon – they have a distinct athlete/regal appearance.

Overall, we had a great time (or should I say ‘Purrrrfect’) visiting the cat cafe in Bangkok.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon with my family and it reminded Audrey and I how much we’d like to have a furry little friend in our future home someday when we settle down.

Video Script:

With only a short time left in Bangkok, as cat lovers, we decided to visit the Purr Cat Cafe Club located in Sukhumvit – Bangkok, Thailand – for an opportunity to play, pet and interact with cats in a cozy and quaint environment while sipping on coffee and eating desserts.

For those of you familiar with our YouTube travel channel, you’ll remember our many visits to cat cafes while we were teaching English in South Korea. As cat lovers, we simply adored visiting cat cafes with an opportunity to play, pet and interact with them.

When we found out Bangkok had a cat cafe we simply had to go. For those unaware, a cat cafe is a type of themed cafe where cats are the main attraction. When visiting you pay a cover fee (usually in the form of a dessert or a beverage) for the opportunity to watch and pet the cats.

Cat cafes are most famous in Japan; however, many may be surprised to know that the first cat cafe was opened in Taipei, Taiwan back in 1998.
One of the reasons cat cafes have become so popular in recent years has to do with laws forbidding pets in certain apartment buildings and the fact that a demanding urban lifestyle doesn’t cater towards owning a pet.

We noticed immediately that there are a number of rules in place to help protect the welfare of the kitties. Before entering a cat cafe you must wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and put on slippers to ensure the environment is as clean as possible. You can pet the cats but holding them or disturbing them while they are sleeping is not acceptable. Generally speaking taking photos is fine; however, using your flash is forbidden.

The cat cafe we visited in Bangkok, Purr Cat Cafe is located on Soi Sukhumvit 53 just off of Sukhumvit Road. It’s the purrrrfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city offering a place to relax with cats.

The drinks and desserts available for purchase are more expensive than those at a regular cafe. For cat lovers, this is a small price to pay when you consider the comfort and joy that spending time with cats offers. We can’t help but notice all of the ear to ear grins of satisfied customers.

We’ve certainly always felt happy after spending time in a cat cafe. If you haven’t had a chance to visit one we highly recommend it. We know for certain this won’t be our last time visiting one as we continue gallivanting around the world.

Are you an animal lover like us?  Would you visit a cat cafe?  What kind of pet would you like to see in a themed cafe?

Visiting a cat cafe in Bangkok, Thailand to play and pet cute cats

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zoomingjapan March 4, 2014 at 2:18 am

And here I thought the idea was born in Japan. Thanks a lot for all the great info.

I’ve been to several cat cafés here in Japan and as I love cats, I really enjoy being in one. If only they were a bit cheaper. :)

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Samuel Jeffery March 4, 2014 at 5:44 am

I wish they were cheaper as well. I guess the cats need to be fed and groomed.

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Stephen March 4, 2014 at 4:58 am

Haha amazing! I have been to Thailand a few times, and have never heard of this. I am making this a stop next time for sure.

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Samuel Jeffery March 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

Thanks Stephen!

It’s certainly quirky – but for cat lovers – it is paradise ;)

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Barbara Weibel March 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

This is SO cool! I’ve never heard of a cat cafe. Wish I’d known about it when I was in Thailand.

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Samuel Jeffery March 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Thanks Barbara!

Just a few years ago they used to only be located in Taiwan, Japan and Korea; however, these days they seem to be popping up all over the place. If you’re ever in a city for an extended period of time – with some time to kill – it would be worth ‘googling’ to see if one is available. That’s how we found the one in Bangkok having already visited several in Seoul.

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Mary @ Green Global Travel March 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm

It’s like a cat sanctuary. They seem so happy! Thanks for all of the interesting information. :-)

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Samuel Jeffery March 4, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Thanks Mary!

If I was a cat I wouldn’t mind being pampered in one of these cafes ;)

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Mike March 5, 2014 at 12:17 am

I’ve mentioned to you before that I’m a huge animal lover, Samuel! These cat cafes sound awesome and I’m soooo glad they have rules and restrictions in place to protect them and their environment in the establishments. I’ve read that they are spreading around Europe as well. Now, I’m inspired to open a Golden Retriever Cafe (my kid Phoenix loves to play with kitties) :)

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Samuel Jeffery March 5, 2014 at 1:45 am

Thanks Mike!

When you open a Golden Retriever cafe we’ll be sure to come and visit :)

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Adam @ Round the World we go March 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

Having first discovering this from Karl Pilkington visiting one of his Tv show, I didn’t realise how popular these cafe’s are. I think it’s certainly something to entertain you whilst having a coffee or slice of toast… although I wouldn’t leave my food hanging around for too long!

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Samuel Jeffery March 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hey Adam,

I also had no idea about these until just a few years ago. Now I’m addicted…LOL

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Adam @ Round the World we go March 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

If you are ever on travels in our direction, you are more than welcome to look after our two bengal cats :D

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:09 am

Thanks!

We might just take you up on that offer ;)

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Fayetteville Veterinarian March 8, 2014 at 2:29 am

Woah! What a lovely cat cafe, I want to visit it! :)

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

Thank you! I hope you get a chance to visit soon :)

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apol | WanderfulTogether.com March 9, 2014 at 6:03 am

a must-visit for us!! Those cuties are so adorable!!

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:11 am

Thanks Apol! I hope you get to go really soon!

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Arti March 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Sounds quite new to me, never heard of it before! Looks fascinating though!

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:11 am

Thanks Arti,

Yeah, they’re quite a new genre of cafes but they appear to be catching on all over the world now.

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IndieTraveller Marek March 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Ha., this is great. I had heard about cat cafes being a thing originating in Japan but it seems this phenomenon is spreading!

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:12 am

It’s incredible how much it is spreading now Marek! I keep hearing about new cafes opening up all of the time outside of just Asia.

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Barbara March 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

As a cat lover myself I found the cat cafes to be a great idea. What better way to be entertained than by a bunch of furry, friendly little cats and kittens. And the bonus is the attention and affection that the cats are receiving from everyone in the cafes. We just brought home our new 6 week old little kitten so this post was purrfect for me! I loved the video.

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Samuel Jeffery March 10, 2014 at 1:13 am

Thanks Barbara!

I bet your lovely kitten is adorable. Audrey and I definitely want to have a cat of our own someday when we settle down :)

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Steven Garrett March 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

How awesome! Wish there was a cat cafe in my city. Cats are my favorite animal.

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Samuel Jeffery March 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thanks Steve! I wish there were cat cafes in every city…haha

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Hannah @ getting stamped April 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

We went to that one in December, I got the brownie with ice cream :-) gorgeous cats too!

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