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People pray at the Erawan Shrine after Brahmin priests performed a religious ceremony to worship the Lord Brahma statue after it was renovated following the deadly bombing of 17 August, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. The casualty figures from the deadly attack outside the Erawan Shrine on 17 August stood at 20 dead and 123 injured according to the Erawan Medical Centre

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People pray at the Erawan Shrine after Brahmin priests performed a religious ceremony to worship the Lord Brahma statue after it was renovated following the deadly bombing last month, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday

Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi...Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, August 27, 2015. Thai veterinarians from the Department of National Park Wildlife, and Plant Conservation conducted a health check of 14 orangutans for preparation for the repatriation to their country of origin, Indonesia. Most of Sumatran and Borneo Kalimantan orangutans, were confiscated from entertainment businesses in Phuket province since 2008. Authorities said the orangutans are being examined to ensure they are free from diseases such as Rabies, Foot and Mouth disease, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Herpes. Thai officials said the orangutans are expected to return to Indonesia in September. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Thai veterinarians from the Department of National Park Wildlife, and Plant Conservation conducted a health check of 14 orangutans for preparation for the repatriation to their country of origin, Indonesia. Authorities said the orangutans are being examined to ensure they are free from diseases such as Rabies, Foot and Mouth disease, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Herpes. Thai officials said the orangutans are expected to return to Indonesia in September

A Thai soldier ropes off the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on August 17, 2015 killing at least 10 people and wounding scores more.  Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital

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A Thai soldier ropes off the scene after a bomb exploded outside a religious shrine in central Bangkok late on Monday killing scores of people and wounding more. Body parts were scattered across the street after the explosion outside the Erawan Shrine in the downtown Chidlom district of the Thai capital

A labourer works on a giant bronze statue of former King Taksin at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand. The park is being constructed by the Thai army to honor past Thai monarchs and is situated on an army compound near the Klai Kangwon Palace.

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A labourer works on a giant bronze statue of former King Taksin at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand. The park is being constructed by the Thai army to honor past Thai monarchs and is situated on an army compound near the Klai Kangwon Palace.

Labourers use a crane to lift the hand of a giant bronze statue of former King Rama I at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin...Labourers use a crane to lift the hand of a giant bronze statue of former King Rama I at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, August 4, 2015. The park is being constructed by the Thai army to honor past Thai monarchs and is situated on an army compound near the Klai Kangwon Palace. The project is estimated to cost about 700 million baht ($20,073,991), according to local media. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Labourers use a crane to lift the hand of a giant bronze statue of former King Rama I at Ratchapakdi Park in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand. The park is being constructed by the Thai army to honour past Thai monarchs and is situated on an army compound near the Klai Kangwon Palace. The project is estimated to cost about 700 million baht ($20,073,991), according to local media. 

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).