Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant in Soi 12, owned by the Thai Charity - The Population
and Community Development Association ( PDA ) was founded in 1974 as a non-governmental
organization with the initial aim to complement the efforts of the Royal Thai Government
in promoting family planning in Thailand, especially in areas where knowledge and
access to services were scarce. Utilizing a participatory, community-based approach,
PDA recruited and trained residents of villages and urban neighbourhoods to provide
information on family planning, including the supervised, non-medical distribution
of oral contraceptives . This distribution network covered more than one-third of
the country, thus contributing significantly to the decrease in the annual population
growth rate from 3.3% in the mid 1970's to 0.8% in 2002. During the same period,
the number of children per family fell from 7 to 1.6.
After addressing the immediate family planning needs, PDA expanded its activities
to include primary health care, HIV / AIDS education and prevention, water resource
development and sanitation, income generation, environmental conservation, promotion
of small scale rural enterprise programs, gender equality, youth development, democracy
promotion. The most recent activity has been the post Tsunami social, economic, and
environmental rehabilitation of the villages affected by the Tsunami.
Today, PDA is the leading and most diversified NGO in Thailand, employing over 800
staff members and working with over 12,000 volunteers . PDA has 18 regional development
centres and branch offices located in 15 provinces in rural Thailand.
Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, left, and in this Soi, Cabbages & Condoms Restaurant.
The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok ( Picture top left Soi 11, top right Soi 11, two pictures
below Soi 11) has two towers offering 755 rooms and suites furnished in comfortable
style with amenities and facilities catering to business travellers, conference delegates
and leisure seekers. At the Ambassador, guests have a wide variety of dining and
entertainment options to choose from, including a revered Chinese restaurant famed
for its dim sum. Guests at the Ambassador can enjoy dining in the three main restaurants:
Tang's Terrace ( Thai ), Hong Teh Chinese Restaurant ( Cantonese ), or the international
Am Cafe. Other hotel amenities include the Lobby Lounge for cocktails and live music
nightly; Dickens' Pub, an authentic British style pub; Espresso, coffee and tea,
a variety of snacks and fresh ice-cream; Bakery 171 for freshly baked breads, pastries,
and cookies; or New Espresso at Soi 11, a modern classic style cafe with an outdoor