Panda dolls give company to lonely diners at Bangkok restaurant

Bangkok: A restaurant in Thailand is ensuring it meets new social distancing guidelines and providing lonely diners a bit of company by seating stuffed panda dolls at its tables.


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Earlier this month, Thailand relaxed some restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases slowed, allowing restaurants to reopen but with strict rules in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

“Earlier we had only one chair for the tables where the customer came alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I’d give them some company,” said Natthwut Rodchanapanthkul, the owner of Maison Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok.


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Sitting opposite one of the panda dolls, diner Sawit Chaiphuek said he was happy to have some company as he stepped out to eat for the first time in months. “The doll makes me feel less lonely eating by myself,” said Sawit, 25.

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