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A Buddhist monk sleeps in a chair while monks and novices gather to receive alms at Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple outside Bangkok

Thailand hit by worst drought in decades...epa05210488 A photo made available on 14 March 2016 shows a Thai Buddhist novice monk walking on drought parched land at a ruined village which has been underwater after the Mae Chang reservoir dried up in Lampang province, northern Thailand, 12 March 2016. The ruined village including ancient temple had been underwater for 34 years since the Mae Chang reservoir was built in 1982, the area has now re-emerged after water in the reservoir dried up caused by the severe drought. Thailand is facing the worst drought in decades hardest hit by El Nino phenomenon combined with seasonal hot weather.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai Buddhist monk walks on drought parched land at the dried up Mae Chang reservoir in Lampang province, northern Thailand

Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016...epa05140834 A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti painted on a wall in Bangkok, Thailand, 03 February 2016. Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

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A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.

Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

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Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana waves to crowd as she cycles in the "Bike for Dad" event in Bangkok, Thailand, December 11, 2015. Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn led thousand of cyclists on a 29-km course in Bangkok to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th birthday which fell on December 5.

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Thailand’s Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana waves to crowd as she cycles in the “Bike for Dad” event in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn led thousand of cyclists on a 29-km course in Bangkok to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th birthday

Royal cavalry soldiers parade in front of the Grand Palace as part of celebrations of the 88th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Thursday. Thai King Bhumibol, the world's longest reigning monarch who is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais and considered a unifying force in a politically turbulent nation, will turn 88 on December 5, 2015.

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Royal cavalry soldiers parade in front of the Grand Palace as part of celebrations of the 88th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Thursday

A handler puts his head between the gaping fangs of a crocodile during a show at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Samutprakarn province, outside Bangkok, Thailand. The farm and zoo claims to be the world's largest crocodile farm with more than 80,000 freshwater and marine crocodiles, and offers shows such as crocodile wrestling to attract tourists

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A handler puts his head between the gaping fangs of a crocodile during a show at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Samutprakarn province, outside Bangkok, Thailand

Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ''Falcon Strike 2015'' at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

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Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ”Falcon Strike 2015” at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

Jockeys compete in Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival, in Chonburi province, Thailand on Monday. 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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Jockeys compete in Chonburi’s annual buffalo race festival, in Chonburi province, Thailand on Monday. The event, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand’s east

Muslim students wear face masks as they leave school at Muang district in the troubled southern province of Yala, Thailand, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

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Muslim students wear face masks as they leave school, Muang district, Yala, Thailand

A suspect of the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast who was arrested last week near the border with Cambodia points as he stands next to police officers during a crime re-enactment at an apartment, where police raided and found possible bomb-making materials last month, in Nongjok district, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, September 8, 2015

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A suspect of the August Bangkok blast who was arrested last week near the border with Cambodia points as he stands next to police officers during a crime re-enactment at an apartment, where police raided and found possible bomb-making materials last month, in Nongjok district, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

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