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Beware the crashing waves at riverside restaurant in Thailand

People eat food at a flooded restaurant, where patrons stand up from their tables every time the waves come in, on a river bank in Nonthaburi near Bangkok, Thailand, October 7. Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of food as long-tail boats buzz by, then moving out of the way as waves hit.    

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People eat food at a flooded restaurant, where patrons stand up from their tables every time the waves come in, on a river bank in Nonthaburi near Bangkok, Thailand, October 7. Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched...more

People eat food at a flooded restaurant, where patrons stand up from their tables every time the waves come in, on a river bank in Nonthaburi near Bangkok, Thailand, October 7. Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of food as long-tail boats buzz by, then moving out of the way as waves hit. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Restaurant owner Titiporn Jutimanon was convinced a bout of flooding in Thailand could be the end of a business already struggling from the pandemic. But with the rising tide of the Chao Phraya river this week came an unexpected opportunity.  

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Restaurant owner Titiporn Jutimanon was convinced a bout of flooding in Thailand could be the end of a business already struggling from the pandemic. But with the rising tide of the Chao Phraya river this week came an unexpected opportunity. ...more

Restaurant owner Titiporn Jutimanon was convinced a bout of flooding in Thailand could be the end of a business already struggling from the pandemic. But with the rising tide of the Chao Phraya river this week came an unexpected opportunity. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Instead of closing for the floods, Titiporn's eatery is making waves in Thailand, staying open for customers who are reveling in shin-deep dining, and the thrill of avoiding the rush of water set off as boats go by.   

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Instead of closing for the floods, Titiporn's eatery is making waves in Thailand, staying open for customers who are reveling in shin-deep dining, and the thrill of avoiding the rush of water set off as boats go by. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Instead of closing for the floods, Titiporn's eatery is making waves in Thailand, staying open for customers who are reveling in shin-deep dining, and the thrill of avoiding the rush of water set off as boats go by. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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"Customers absolutely love the waves," said Titiporn, who runs the Chao Phraya Antique Cafe in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok. "What I thought would be a crisis turned into an opportunity."   REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

"Customers absolutely love the waves," said Titiporn, who runs the Chao Phraya Antique Cafe in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok. "What I thought would be a crisis turned into an opportunity." REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

"Customers absolutely love the waves," said Titiporn, who runs the Chao Phraya Antique Cafe in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok. "What I thought would be a crisis turned into an opportunity." REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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About 30 northern and central provinces have been hit by flooding in recent weeks, raising levels of the famous river that flows through Bangkok.   

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About 30 northern and central provinces have been hit by flooding in recent weeks, raising levels of the famous river that flows through Bangkok. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

About 30 northern and central provinces have been hit by flooding in recent weeks, raising levels of the famous river that flows through Bangkok. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Titiporn's business was forced to close during COVID-19 lockdowns, but she's glad she decided to brave the floods. "Not only do they love the atmosphere and the barbecue pork and the view of the sunset ... the flood became an additional unique factor," she said. "I feel so lucky that the customers love it, the flood wasn't a challenge for them to come."    

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Titiporn's business was forced to close during COVID-19 lockdowns, but she's glad she decided to brave the floods. "Not only do they love the atmosphere and the barbecue pork and the view of the sunset ... the flood became an additional unique...more

Titiporn's business was forced to close during COVID-19 lockdowns, but she's glad she decided to brave the floods. "Not only do they love the atmosphere and the barbecue pork and the view of the sunset ... the flood became an additional unique factor," she said. "I feel so lucky that the customers love it, the flood wasn't a challenge for them to come." REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Customers cheer and laugh as their wooden stools are knocked over by the water that breaches the restaurant.   

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Customers cheer and laugh as their wooden stools are knocked over by the water that breaches the restaurant. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Customers cheer and laugh as their wooden stools are knocked over by the water that breaches the restaurant. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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The restaurant holds two sittings each day for diners to enjoy the experience when the water levels are highest.    




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The restaurant holds two sittings each day for diners to enjoy the experience when the water levels are highest. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

The restaurant holds two sittings each day for diners to enjoy the experience when the water levels are highest. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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"It's a fun challenge - you don't know if you'll get washed away somewhere while eating," joked customer Jetdanai Boonrod, 30.    REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

"It's a fun challenge - you don't know if you'll get washed away somewhere while eating," joked customer Jetdanai Boonrod, 30. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

"It's a fun challenge - you don't know if you'll get washed away somewhere while eating," joked customer Jetdanai Boonrod, 30. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of food as long-tail boats buzz by, then moving out of the way as waves hit.

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Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of food as long-tail boats buzz by, then moving out of the way as waves hit. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Videos have gone viral on social media of customers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of food as long-tail boats buzz by, then moving out of the way as waves hit. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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