When visiting a large city such as Bangkok you would need months, or even longer, to find yourself that perfect little eatery which sparks your interests and your taste buds. There is the street food, the traditional food, the international food, as well as many other restaurants or cafes hidden around every bend, or in every alleyway, omitting the smells of herbs and spices and enticing you as you walk by. Here is a nice restaurant for you to give back to the community.
Cabbages & Condoms
Cause: Family planning, HIV/AIDS awareness, social welfare
Founded in 1974, this is one of Bangkok’s more famous eateries. If you don’t mind paying a little more for your meal (150 – 400 Baht for a plate) head over to the Khlong Toei district and admire this large restaurant that has, for so many years, supported many of Thailand’s community awareness programs.
The name says it all. The restaurant was originally opened to provide awareness about family planning, with a rapidly increasing Thai population at the time. Mechai Viravaidya, the founder of the establishment, believed that birth control should be as accepted and as accessible as vegetables on the market, hence the name ‘Cabbages & Condoms’.
Throughout the restaurant there are comical pictures about family planning and education everywhere, even the tables are decorated with condoms and your bill comes with a condom souvenir.