HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- A flooded cafe in Thailand became an unlikely dining hotspot.
- The 20-inch floodwater became “the restaurant’s signature attraction.”
- The owner has since dubbed the experience “hot-pot surfing.”
If you’re looking for a place to wash down your food, this might be the spot for you. A flooded riverside restaurant in Thailand became an unlikely dining hotspot after whimsical food-lovers embraced the unique scenery.
A combination of tropical storms and monsoon rains raised the river’s water level. The circumstances could have spelled disaster for the Chaopraya Antique Café, but it had the opposite effect. The eatery is now so popular that diners need to make reservations.
“This is a great atmosphere. During this flood crisis, this has [become] the restaurant’s signature attraction. So I wanted to challenge myself and try out this new experience,” said Siripoj Wai-inta, a 24-year-old diner.
The floodwater can quickly rise over 20 inches. Because of that, some members of the wait staff wear rubber boots.
The owner, Titiporn Jutimanon, named the experience “hot-pot surfing.”
The cafe is Jutimanon’s first restaurant venture. He said the thought of the floods worried him at first.
“It turns out the customers have a great reaction,” Jutimanon said. “They are happy. We can see the atmosphere of customers enjoying the experience of eating in the water. So a crisis has turned into an opportunity. It encourages us to keep the restaurant open and keep customers happy.”