The Trend of Eating in the Middle of Floods Increases, Riverside Restaurants in Thailand Are Flooded with Visitors

Chao Praya riverside restaurant owner Titiporn Jutimanon believes the flooding in Thailand could be the end of his business which he has struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic.

But the rising current of the Chao Phraya river this week presented an unexpected opportunity, as reported by Reuters.

Instead of closing due to flooding, Titiporn restaurant remains open for customers who want to enjoy a shin-deep meal, with the sensation of avoiding the rushing waves as the boat passes.

“Customers love the waves,” said Titiporn, who runs the Chao Phraya Antique Café in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok.

“What I thought would be a crisis turned into an opportunity.”

Videos of customers sitting in drenched chairs, munching on food as the long-tail boat buzzed, then escaping as the waves crashed went viral on social media.

A woman walks through flooded water in front of the Grand Palace near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok.  (Photo: AFP)

A woman walks through flooded water in front of the Grand Palace near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok. (Photo: AFP)

Some 30 provinces in the north and central regions have been hit by floods in recent weeks, raising the current of the famous river that flows through Bangkok.

Titiporn’s business was forced to close during the lockdown as COVID-19 hit the country, but he was happy when he decided to stay open amid the flood situation.

“They didn’t just love the atmosphere and the roast pork and the sunset view … the flooding was an added unique factor,” he said.

“I feel very lucky the customers like it, the flood is not a challenge for them to come.”

Customers cheered and laughed as their wooden benches were blown away by the water seeping through the restaurant.

“It’s a fun challenge – you don’t know if you’re going to drift off somewhere while eating,” jokes 30-year-old Jetdanai Boonrod customer. [ah/rs]

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