With thousands and thousands all over the world caught at house as a result of pandemic, “plane cafes” in Thailand are providing prospects the possibility to fake they’re within the sky — and the concept appears to have taken off.
On board a retired industrial airplane within the coastal metropolis of Pattaya, espresso drinkers make themselves comfortable on first-class-style seats and pose for pictures by the overhead lockers.
Boarding passes in hand, some “passengers” even go for a tour of the cockpit.
“With this cafe I can sit in first class and also mess around in the cockpit pretending to be the captain of the plane,” 26-year-old Thipsuda Faksaithong instructed AFP.
“It’s a lot of fun.”
Chalisa Chuensranoi, 25, mentioned her go to was nearly as good as any journey she had taken earlier than the pandemic, which shuttered Thailand’s borders in March.
“Sitting right here in the first-class section… really gives me the feeling of actually being on a plane, cruising through the air,” she mentioned.
In one other cafe on the headquarters of nationwide provider Thai Airways in Bangkok, hungry diners seem even to have missed aircraft meals as they gobble up spaghetti carbonara and Thai-style beef served on plastic trays by cabin crew.
But for Intrawut Simapichet, 38, who got here to the cafe along with his spouse and child, the expertise is about greater than a meal.
“Normally I’m a person who travels very often, and when we are forced to stay at home… it’s kind of depressing,” he mentioned as fellow passengers posed with baggage by a pretend airplane door.
“(The cafe) relieves what’s missing.”
Thailand was the primary nation outdoors China to detect a coronavirus case, but it surely has since registered a low toll, with about 3,400 infections and 58 deaths.
Travel restrictions have however eviscerated the tourism-reliant economic system, whereas Thais have based themselves caught attributable to quarantine necessities in different international locations.
The authorities is at the moment mulling journey bubbles with choose international locations that even have low tolls.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)