The Pattaya Elephant Village will open a jungle-themed coffee shop Aug. 2 to raise money to support its 14 pachyderms.
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Village Assistant Director Purimprat Chaiyakum said she’s long had the idea of opening Mong Chang Coffee Shop, but it wasn’t until the camp closed for four months did it become a reality.
Although the tourist attraction was closed, the large expense of feeding and caring for 14 elephants, their mahouts and their families remained.
Mong Chang was designed with a jungle theme emphasizing beauty and nature. Its coffees are a mix of Thai and French styles.
The coffee house also offers smoothies and a variety of food. Guests can also watch the elephants play in the water from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds, after expenses, from the coffee shop will go to support the elephants and their mahouts, Purimprat said.
The Elephant Village is located at: 48/120, Moo 7, Tambol Nong Prue, Pattaya City, Chonburi Thailand. 20150. Tel. 091-546-4996.