Temple visitors walk among FISH due to high river after rain in Thailand
Astonishing footage shows locals wading through a footbridge covered in hundreds of fish.
The creatures have been able to climb onto the walkway after heavy rain has caused the river to swell in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand.
Footage shows how visitors feed the large freshwater fish sending them into a frenzy on the metal bridge between the Wat Phanan Choeng Buddhist temple and a small riverboat pier.
Temple abbot Phra Maha Pakorn said that the water was unusually high this year resulting in the unusual attraction.
He added: ‘There has been a lot of rain and flooding recently. It has made the river swell so now people can see the fish. It’s not always like this, just when the river goes up and down.
‘People come to feed the fish because it brings good luck.’
Earlier this month, it emerged that diners were flocking to a restaurant on a riverbank on the outskirts of Bangkok because the swollen river was overflowing on the tables and chairs.
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.
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.
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.