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Friday, April 20, 2018

Culture Clash and Chaos at Silom Songkran (Action Photos)

BANGKOK — Traditional garb and garlands brushed shoulders with tank tops and water guns Friday where Lumphini Park meets Silom Road.
Banglamphu vendor Orasa Sae Jong sells traditional attire Thursday in Bangkok.

Vendors Cash In Before Traditional Garb Fad Fades

BANGKOK — On the eve of the first day of Songkran, clothing sellers said the raging fad for traditional attire would likely fade with the popular soap opera that inspired it.

Nang Loeng Race Track to Close After 102 Years

BANGKOK — All bets will be off when a horse racing venue closes its doors later this year after more than a century.

Rangsit U Made a Weed Spray, Wants Junta to Legalize It

BANGKOK — A private university is pushing for legalization of medical marijuana after its researchers produced a cannabis spray for seriously ill patients that cannot be used under existing law.

Storm’s Coming, Expected to Hit North Hard

BANGKOK — Severe summer storms are coming to upper Thailand with the capital in for a good dousing as well this week.

Elephant Polo Organizers Vow Changes as Sponsors Pull Out

BANGKOK — The organizers of an annual elephant polo tournament said Thursday they would train handlers to prevent future instances of abuse as more sponsors reportedly pulled their support.

Park For Free at Suvarnabhumi During Songkran

BANGKOK — Holidaymakers planning to travel overseas this Songkran can park their vehicles at Bangkok’s major international airport without worrying about hefty fees.

8 Sponsors Drop Thai Elephant Polo: PETA

BANGKOK — An international animal rights organization said it would continue pressing for Thailand to drop an annual elephant polo event after convincing eight sponsors to pull their support.

Dog Slaughter Won’t Solve Rabies Problem: Animal Advocates

BANGKOK — “What else have the livestock authorities done?” a woman shouted at an official seated before her in a livestock department conference room.

Bottom Out: BTS Phaya Thai Escalator Fails

BANGKOK — BTS Skytrain management said late Monday safety inspections will be conducted at every station after a woman narrowly missed falling when an escalator failed.

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