Add video: Flood turns riverside Thai restaurant into unlikely attraction as diners sit in water


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Floods plaguing Thailand due to Tropical Storm Dianmu unexpectedly turned a riverside restaurant into a local hit with diners – who sit in knee-deep water while eating dinner.

Titiporn Jutimanon’s eatery in Nonthaburi province has recently boomed in popularity after the nearby Chao Phraya river overflowed and turned it into a unique attraction for customers.

Thrill-seekers come to the restaurant to both dine and enjoy the knee-deep floods swamping the establishment. Passing boats create surging waves which customers try to avoid as they enjoy their meals.

Footage taken today (October 8) shows the watery scene as locals enjoy their grilled BBQ meats at the location on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Owner Titiporn said: ‘Customers absolutely love the waves…. What I thought would be a crisis turned into an opportunity.’

The chef added that aside from the view and the food, the flood added an extra factor that made the restaurant stand out.

She said: ‘I feel so lucky that the customers love it, the flood wasn’t a challenge for them to come.’

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods.

At least seven people have died and tens of thousands more are still stranded receiving aid from rescue groups. Ten provinces in Thailand, including Chaiyaphum, have been inundated by Dianmu, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department of Thailand.