Christians cafe in Thailand opens to visitors after 10 years in hiding

Christians cafe has been the centre of a fierce fight for its life since opening in 2004.

The cafe is a popular spot for those seeking a change of scenery in Thailand, with its green roof, wooden furniture and ornate windows serving as an alternative to touristy hotels.

Its opening was celebrated as a breakthrough for the small country, which has been plagued by poverty, corruption and unemployment for decades.

“It is the first Christian-run business in Thailand,” said Mr Suthep, a member of the conservative opposition People’s Action Party.

Since its opening in the late 1990s, the cafe has thrived.

More than 10,000 people have visited the cafe each year since it opened, Mr Suthenp said.

Now it has a second branch in a nearby hotel, a third in a private apartment and a fourth in a new commercial development.

Mr Suthenpep, who is also a doctor, said the cafe’s owners were keen to bring their passion for the cause back to Thailand.

He said they wanted to give the cafe a modern twist, with more than 80% of its revenue going to charity.

After years of battling for its survival, the Christian community has managed to open two other cafes in recent years.

One opened in 2007, the other in 2015.

Both are run by the same family.

In 2015, the government banned all non-Thai restaurants from opening in public, a measure that has led to protests by the Thai Christian community.

Last year, it took away the cafe owners’ passports, but they are still able to return to Thailand with their business licenses.

This is their last chance, Mr Suthat said.

“We don’t have anything to lose anymore.

This is the last chance to get this cafe open.”

Mr Suthathiripat, who was born in Myanmar, has run the cafe for eight years.

He said the owners of the two cafes in Bangkok are now living in Thailand.

“The reason why we have come here is because we want to be independent and we don’t want to sell our coffee,” he said.

“We want to create jobs and support our community.”

He is keen to set up a second cafe in the future, but he needs help from the government to do so.

Many of his neighbours are Christians and he fears that their faith could become a barrier to getting the cafe up and running again.

“If the government is going to ban us from opening our own business, then they should also ban all churches, mosques and other religious institutions that operate in Bangkok,” he added.

Bangkok is a hub for religious tourism, with Christians coming from across the world to worship in the city.

On Tuesday, a Christian group called the Christian Alliance for Peace and Justice called for a boycott of the government, saying it had allowed the government’s crackdown on religious freedoms to be enacted.

It is not known whether the government will reinstate the ban.