Floods in Thailand in recent weeks have hit almost half of the provinces. As a result of the heavy rains, the level of many rivers has increased, including the Chao Phraya River flowing through the capital, Bangkok. What for most people experiencing the element is a drama and sometimes a disaster, a restaurant restaurant from Bangkok decided to turn into a business success. How did her go?
Titiporn Jutimanon, the owner of the Chao Phraya Antique Cafe on the Chao Phraya River (called Chao Phraya by the locals) was convinced that the current flood in Thailand would end her business, already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she decided not to close the premises and fight for customers, offering them unique attractions at this exceptional time.
Thailand. A restaurant in the waters of the swollen Chao Phraya River
Her idea caused a sensation. It turned out that there are plenty of fans of “feasting with a thrill” – knee-deep in water, with additional emotions related to the need to react when the waves caused by passing boats attack. “Customers love the waves,” Titiporn Jutimanon of Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok, told Reuters.
“What I thought would be a crisis has turned into an opportunity,” she added.
In social media, recordings showing customers sitting on stools flooded with water break records of popularity. People eat more bites of food as long motorboats sneak past. When the waves hit the shore, the restaurant guests, amidst joyful squeals, laughter and shouts, jump up to avoid tipping over with their seats. They eagerly document their adventure with smartphones.
Titiporn Jutimanon did not give in to covid
Titiporn had to close its premises during the lockdown related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is glad that she has now decided to face the flood. She treated it as another attraction for her guests. – Not only do they love our atmosphere, the grilled pork and the sunset view. Flood has become an additional, unique factor, she said. – I am happy that they like it so much that the flood is a challenge for them, encouraging them to come to us – she said.
Every day, two such “events” are organized in the restaurant, at times when the water level is the highest.
“It’s a fun challenge, you never know if you’re going to be swept by water during a meal,” admitted one customer, 30-year-old Jetdanai Boonrod.
Persistent rainy weather in Nonthaburi suggests that the water attractions at Chao Phraya Antique Cafe will take a while longer.
Thailand. 40 Buddhist temples under water
Also north of Bangkok, and also on the Chao Phraya River, more than 40 temples in the historic city of Ayutthaya have found themselves underwater due to heavy rainfall.
Ayutthaya is located on an island at the confluence of the Chao Phraya and Pa Sak rivers. The head of Wat Satue – one of the flooded Buddhist temples – told Reuters that this was the worst flood in ten years. As he added, the water also flooded the surrounding housing estates. In some areas of a city with a population of 50,000, it was neck-deep on Wednesdays, and the inhabitants and monks traveled by boats.
Floods in Thailand
Torrential monsoon rains in recent weeks have led to flash floods in 32 of Thailand’s 76 provinces. As a result, at least nine people have died so far, and almost 300,000 have been affected by the flooding. households.
As reported by the Royal Department of Irrigation, the situation is largely due to the intense seasonal rainfall, but also the water from overcrowded dams and retention reservoirs that flows south along the Chao Phraya River. Some of the reservoirs were already completely full in September, so in recent days more water had to be drained from them.
Weather forecasters warn of another tropical storm that is set to come over the country’s northeast within a week. In 2011, Thailand was hit by the largest flood in half a century, affecting 65 out of 76 provinces and taking the lives of hundreds of people.
Main photo source: Reuters