Not content with its gay dogs cafe and alpaca karaoke, Bangkok’s restless pleasure-hungry hordes have turned their attention to the Northern suburb of Nonthaburi, where the Little Zoo Cafe has just opened. It features a free-ranging menagerie of a European red fox, adorable fennec foxes from the Sahara, meerkats and a racoon to entertain customers while they sip their coffee.
The city is also celebrating the 101st anniversary of its Chulalongkorn Hospital with a bizarre celebrity-studded “medical fashion photography show” dubbed “Anatomy101”.
And finally, the new Museum of Thai Corruption has opened at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, aiming to educate the Thai public on the history of rorts that have been perpetrated against them. The museum hopes to move in soon to a permanent new home. The BACC though is already home to artist Wit Pimkanchanapong’s likeminded painting “If There Is No Corruption,” a satirical subway map showing a dense network of rail lines, in stark contrast to Bangkok’s actual tally of three (although that is soon to change).
Keep on fighting the good fight!
Meanwhile, while Bangkok is expanding its attractions, Hong Kong is losing two if it’s. The Goldfinch Cafe, a retro “soysauce Western” restaurant known for its dim, 1950s interior and classic pork chops, closed this month after more than fifty years at its Causeway Bay address. The restaurant will be forever remembered as the scene for the dinner between Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung in “In the Mood For Love”.
Hot on its heels, another old-timer, the Louis Steak House in Wanchai, annouced that it will also close due to a rent hike.