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Part petting farm, part cookery school and part restaurant, Chai Dee is a good spot to bring kids for a pat, play and meal, though you’ll want to be the kind of person who doesn’t mind chickens, dogs or even a pig waiting for scraps at your table.
You’ll find a little black piggy with pink sock named Bacon, dogs Bert and Ayla and Great Dane puppies, Siggy and Bella. A couple of goats butt heads while waiting in anticipation to be fed — you can buy healthy treats to feed the animals — and you’ll also come across obligatory petting farm bunnies plus several squirrels, a hamster, a few really cute sugar gliders, turtles and fish. A cheeky cockatoo has quite a repertoire of words, complete with a Thai accent. An Indian roller named Bloo – you can see where he gets his name – is allowed to fly free from his cage but always returns. Two myna birds and several budgies complete the menagerie.
The animals are all well looked after and all seem to get on well. If you can tear the kids away from the animals, a trampoline lets kids burn off some steam.
The restaurant menu offers a choice of Thai and Western dishes and an extensive sushi selection too. We tried the ‘garden rolls’ vegetarian sushi (100 baht for eight pieces) and the kids enjoyed their Belgium waffles with bacon – we tried not to let Bacon the piggy see this… (90 baht). Dee offers cooking classes, and the kids can play while you’re busy learning the tricks of making a California roll.
The restaurant itself is a simple roofed structure, open on four sides and looking out over the animals and garden. They’re open from breakfast until early evening, and Dee often makes delicious homemade cakes and pies, so check out the specials for an afternoon treat.
If it weren’t for the strategically positioned sign on the road, you’d never find the entrance to Chai Dee down a small dirt track. As you pass Big Buddha from the Bang Rak side, heading towards Choeng Mon on the 4170, on the sharp bend you’ll see the sign on the left. Follow the dirt road down a few hundred metres, and you’ll hear the goats, birds and dogs announcing your arrival before you see the entrance.
How to get there
As you pass Big Buddha from the Bang Rak side, heading towards Choeng Mon on the 4170, on the sharp bend you’ll see the sign on the left. Follow the dirt road down a few hundred metres, and you’ll hear the goats, birds and dogs announcing your arrival before you see the entrance.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 4th June, 2015.