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Water battles with elephants kick off Thai New Year

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Traditionally marked by paying respects to elders and sprinkling water over Buddha figures at local temples, the Songkran holiday has largely evolved into a raucous water fight

SONGKRAN. Revellers and elephants splash water at each other during a ceremony to celebrate the Buddhist New Year, locally known as Songkran, in Ayutthaya on April 11, 2019. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai man guns down 6 family members, including kids at New Year party

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The mass shooting takes place 10 minutes after midnight as Sucheep Sornsung joined his wife's family to ring in the New Year in the southern province of Chumphon

NEW YEAR CRIME. A man guns down his family. Image from Shutterstock

The 10 best places for a rocking New Year’s Eve

Dec 23, 2014 - 12:06 PM

7 000 people were asked where they’d like to ring in the year 2015 and who they’d like to be with Leading travel site Agoda shares the results

Thai PM stacks cabinet with soldiers

Aug 31, 2014 - 9:28 PM

Nearly a 3rd of the new Thailand cabinet are senior military officers including generals involved in the bloody 2010 crackdown on Red Shirt activists

NEW ADMINISTRATION. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. Government House /AFP

Thai women got $12,500 to act as surrogates – police

Aug 25, 2014 - 8:28 PM

The case which emerged after 9 babies were found with nannies in a Bangkok condominium has triggered a human trafficking probe