There’s a saying that goes, “don’t tell me you’re an animal lover if you only love the cute and the fluffy”.
Well, that’s true.
Hey reader, here’s a dare: if you can finish this short piece and can stare at each of the not-so-cute and definitely not fluffy creatures here, then you’re definitely an animal lover and you should visit that place. If you fail, then you’re just like most of us.
But for thrill seekers – those types who wouldn’t say no for a selfie with a python wrapped around the neck like a scarf, those who like petting an iguana waiting for it to purr (even if it actually won’t), and those who giggle when a tarantula rests on the palm – this place at St 448, in Phnom Penh’s Toul Tompong2, is the best place to go.
If you’re brave enough, with cold drinks on the side, you can hang out with iguanas, pythons, tarantulas and scorpions. There’s even a red giant cockroach, there are beetles and locusts too. But for those who can’t handle even the thought of snakes and spiders, colourful parrots will save you. If you’re patient enough and want to take your time or you got a kid with you, tortoise it is – they can join you on your table while eating. Cute and fluffy mice and less-terrifying geckos are also waiting to be touched by you.
Did I mention cold drinks? Because yes, it’s just a normal cafe where you can order your favourite sandwiches and beverages while chilling. But it comes with a twist – well, twists because more than 20 species are inside the cozy cafe place.
There are more to see there than these snakes and iguanas shown in the photos.
So for the dare, congratulations for reaching to this part of the article. You are a certified animal lover. Now go drop by that cafe and grab the chance to explore and get to know these friendly reptiles and the rest of its family.
As for the rest of us, the iguanas and snakes may haunt us in our sleep, but they’re animals and they’re worth the keep.