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Offbeat rainy season in Thailand: Flood Local becomes Renner

17:05  12 october  2021
17:05  12 october  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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in Thailand is rainy season - even the mighty river Chao Phraya wears flood. A creative restaurant owner - with locally right on the shore - has made a virtue out of necessity: it simply leaves the wooden tables and chairs in the floods and offers its guests feasting in a water bath.

Menschen sitzen trotz des hohen Wasserstands im «Chaopraya Antique Café». Das von der Flutkatastrophe betroffene Restaurant hat sich zu einem Hotspot entwickelt. © Sakchai Lalit / Ap / dpa people sit despite the high water level in the "Chaopraya Antique Café". The restaurant affected by the flood catastrophe has developed into a hotspot.

The idea is currently the Renner in Nonthaburi - north of Bangkok. "We have 14 tables and are constantly fully occupied," says Titiporn Jutimanon, boss of the " Chaopraya Antique Cafe ", talking to the German Press Agency.

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How did it come to the idea? "A few days ago, when some customers were just eating, the water has risen suddenly. People did not take care of it, they have just returned, "says Jutimanon. Some have made photos and videos of the bizarre scenario and posted in social networks. "From then on it was a self-runner."

hardly profit despite popularity

as it is an old building, the structure is very much suffering from the water masses. "We have to clean everything every day and repair damage, so that cleanliness and safety are guaranteed for customers.» However, he does not do profit because of the maintenance costs - despite the grumping business. But guests are excited about the ambience. "They just love it. And we are happy to serve you. »

The situation is meanwhile changing almost every hour - even for the customers. "At noon, the water was up to the knees, in the evening to the hip." If the water increases higher than the tables, the service must be exposed.

flood is likely to be back soon

, even if it comes to floods in Thailand in the rainy season, the current situation is unusual, says Jutimanon. The whole thing is ultimately a natural disaster. "It's something we accept and we have to ask ourselves. But we are lucky that our customers meet their visit despite the crisis with us as a pleasure. "

The water spectacle could soon have an end, believes the local chief: Already in a week, the level of Chao Phraya will probably have fallen - and people could eat dry foot again.

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