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A competitor is applied with fake tan before competing in the Mr. Thailand 2015 bodybuilding competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 17, 2015. The three-day competition attracts more than 400 bodybuilding enthusiasts across the country.

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A competitor is applied with fake tan before competing in the Mr Thailand 2015 bodybuilding competition in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday

Revellers use water guns as they participate in a water fight during Songkran Festival celebrations at Silom road in Bangkok April 13, 2015. The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand's traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck

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Revellers take part in a water fight during Songkran festival celebrations at Silom road in Bangkok on Monday. The Songkran festival, also known as the water festival, marks the start of Thailand’s traditional New Year and is believed to wash away bad luck.

Elephants spray tourists with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok

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Elephants spray tourists with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Ayutthaya province, Thailand

Buddhist Monks Gather For Poy Sang Long Ordination Ceremony...MAE HONG SON, THAILAND - APRIL 01:  Tai Yai boys wait for a ceremony to start during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 1, 2015 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines.  (Photo by Taylor Weidman/Getty Images)

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Tai Yai boys wait for a ceremony to start during the Poy Sang Long Festival in Mae Hong Son, Thailand 

Elephants react before enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables during Thailand's National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya...Elephants react before enjoy a "buffet" of fruit and vegetables during Thailand's National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya March 13, 2015. Thais honoured the elephant on Friday with special fruits and Buddhist ceremonies across the country to pay homage to their national animal. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY RELIGION FOOD TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Elephants react before enjoy a “buffet” of fruit and vegetables during Thailand‘s National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya. Thais honoured the elephant on Friday with special fruits and Buddhist ceremonies across the country to pay homage to their national animal. 

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Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok as the sun rises on Makha Bucha Day 

Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to a number of media clips of badly behaved "Chinese" tourists going viral on Thai social media over the past few weeks, the Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association had an urgent meeting on Tuesday to try to find solutions for the "problem of Chinese tourists."

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Chinese tourists pose for pictures at Art in Paradise, an illusion art museum popular amongst tourists, on Thursday in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa...Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa, in Phang Nga province December 19, 2014. Thai police opened a shipping container filled with documents and possessions of victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami after being asked by Reuters for permission to film its contents. The three metre by 12 metre container was handed over to Thai police in 2011 and contains hundreds of plastic police evidence bags - each one holding the precious items found on the body of a victim. In Thailand, over 5,300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world's most beautiful beaches into mass graves. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 6 OF 24 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'TSUNAMI - UNCLAIMED POSSESSIONS'    SEARCH 'DAMIR UNCLAIMED' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Personal possessions of 2004 tsunami victims are arranged to be photographed outside a police station in Takua Pa, in Phang Nga province. Thai police opened a shipping container filled with documents and possessions of victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami after being asked by Reuters news agency for permission to film its contents 

Heavy rain caused flooding in southern Thailand...epaselect epa04534557 A photo made available on 19 December 2014 shows a Thai child wading through floodwater during heavy rain at a Thai-Malaysian border district of Waeng, Narathiwat province, southern Thailand, 17 December 2014. Floods triggered by heavy rains along the Thai-Malaysian border province killed one child and two people missing affected tens of thousands villagers, media reports.  EPA/STR THAILAND OUT

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A child wading through floodwater during heavy rain at a Thai-Malaysian border district of Waeng, Narathiwat province, southern Thailand. Floods triggered by heavy rains along the Thai-Malaysian border province killed one child and two people missing affected tens of thousands villagers, media reports. 

Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak...Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand's Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket, December 14, 2014. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world's most beautiful beaches into mass graves.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)      ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 2 OF 29 FOR WIDER IMAGE PACKAGE 'INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI - 10 YEARS ON'    SEARCH 'DAMIR TSUNAMI' FOR ALL IMAGES

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Buddhist monks look at the Thai navy police boat which was swept almost 2 km (1.2 miles) inland during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami as they visit a memorial in Khao Lak, in Thailand‘s Phang Nga province, about 110 km (68 miles) north of the resort island of Phuket. On the day of tsunami, Thai navy boat 813 was on patrol about one nautical mile offshore serving as a guard to members of royal family staying at one of the resorts near-by. Thailand prepares to mark the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, the deadliest on the record, that killed at least 226,000 people in 13 Asian and African countries. In Thailand, over 5300 people were killed, including several thousand foreign tourists, when the waves swamped six coastal provinces, turning some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into mass graves.

Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok 

Thai models use mobile phones as they wait for the start of a promotion event by Thailand's second largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 November 2014. More than 93.7 million mobile phone numbers are registered in  Thailand of which the old 2G service has about 50.8 million subscribers and 3G and 4G services has about 42.9 million subscribers while the population of Thailand is about 65 million people.

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Thai models wait for the start of a promotion event by Thailand’s second-largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Competitors show their tattoos at the MBK Tattoo Contest 2014 in a shopping mall in Bangkok October 23, 2014.

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Competitors show their tattoos at the MBK Tattoo Contest 2014 in a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

Boys wearing horned helmets and body paint arrive for Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival, east of Bangkok. The event, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand's east.

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Boys wear horned helmets and body paint for Chonburi’s annual buffalo race, east of Bangkok. The festival, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand’s east

***BESTPIX***Crime Reduction Campaign In Pattaya Clamps Down On Thai Ladyboys...PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it’s image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants. They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). 

Bryde's whale in the gulf of Thailand...epa04392189 A Bryde's whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, 09 September 2014. Bryde's whale are a baleen medium seized whale with dark grey color and a white underbelly and live in tropical to temperate waters. An estimated population of 30 to 35 Bryde's whales are commonly seen along the upper Gulf of Thailand coastlines, between March and October. The Bryde's whale is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which prohibits international trade of any parts of the animal.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Bryde’s whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand. 

Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits an...Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province on August 28, 2014.  The King's Cup elephant polo tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.        AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULPORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King’s Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province, Thailand. The tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.

Thailand economy escaped a technical recession...epa04359679 A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 August 2014. Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession. 

An Irrawaddy Dolphin is made to jump through hoops during a performance at Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort, in Pattaya, Thailand, about 170 km southeast of Bangkok 08 August 2014. The zoo runs multiple dolphin performances where captive endangered species dolphins are made to perform for bus loads of tourists. A number of populations of these dolphins in south-east Asia are listed as critically endangered.

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An Irrawaddy Dolphin is made to jump through hoops during a performance at Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort, in Pattaya, Thailand, about 170 km southeast of Bangkok. A number of populations of these dolphins in south-east Asia are listed as critically endangered

Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok...Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok May 28, 2014. There have been daily protests in Bangkok against the coup and on Wednesday about 200 people confronted troops and police at the Victory Monument. Protesters jeered and threw plastic water bottles and spray-painted "Get Out" and "No Coup" over an army Humvee.

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Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok