Ok, so I’m back in Bangkok, with the dog, visiting friends. I’m staying at the same place as last time (see here for a dog friendly apartment), albeit this time in a studio room so it’s cosier. Meeting up with people is really nice, however the dog is starting to show signs of cabin-fever. He’s pouncing around the room with a wild look in his eyes, grrr-ing, spinning and throwing toys around like a killerwhale. I need to take him out for an evening, so we head to a dog friendly mall in Bangkok for dinner.
You already know about Ozono, the park / dog friendly mall in mid Sukhumvit. Another mall I’d heard of is K village, which is pretty much a regular mall that just happens to allow dogs. It’s nestled between Sukhumvit 24 and 26 and is pretty busy! There are a couple of dedicated pet shops and cafes, but most people come here for the usual amenities like ATMs, Boots, Tops supermarket, coffee shops and international restaurants like Wine Connection Bistro (where you can buy wine from all over the world as well as antipasto and cheese boards)!
This mall is open air with plenty of space and shade. The central patio area (above) has tables and chairs, and this seemed to be the place to meet doggy pals. We met Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Schnauzers, a Sheepdog, a French bulldog and some massive dog (possibly a Mastiff?) Much sniffing was done. Some wanted to play but as you have to keep your dog on a lead this inevitably resulted in a game of lead-twister for their owners!
There’s also a dog toilet. I saw a sign (just by the stairs on the photo above) and had to investigate. En route I was imaging what that might look like – would it flush? When Harro and I found it, I have to say we were a little disappointed – it was basically a sign in the middle of a patch of fake grass saying ‘pee here please’ (he had other ideas and peed on the bin – oops). It’s a good idea though, no one wants to walk through a mall that smells of dog pee – and there are fines for peeing in the wrong place too. Indeed every pillar wore a sign (at dog height) indicating not to pee on it. I’m not sure dogs can read signs, even pictorial ones!
To keep things interesting, K village has different weekend markets. Second weekend each month (Sat and Sun until 17:00) is a Farmers market. Third weekend (Fri, Sat and Sun until 22:00) is a street market with clothes, accessories, gifts etc. Every Saturday there are free art activities for kids (11:00-17:00). There are also food events and other pop up markets, check the K village events page for more details.
Here’s a snap of cafes and restaurants on the ground floor who can accommodate dogs. It’s a pretty good selection however bear in mind many provide outdoor seating, so if it’s super hot you won’t have a/c! K village website has a store listing here, with an interactive map that helpfully highlights on the map the store you clicked on. There’s a hair dresser and beauty salon that allow dogs – next time I’m going to give it a go (I’m assuming it’s for humans not dogs)!!!Show on map