Top: Schoolchildren pose in a sunflower field spanning over 80 rai Tuesday at Wilailak University in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The field, planted by the university for both botany research and to draw tourists, is in full bloom and admission is free.

This week, as tropical storm Doksuri lashed the North and Isaan, Thailand marked the first of two 21st century coups, discovered a new eight-legged friend, rode an elephant in costume and saved the bacon. Find more on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

A biologist examines the Mae Wong Primitive Trapdoor Spider Wednesday at the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The rare species, which can only be found dwelling in the cliffs of Mae Wong National Park in western Thailand, was discovered by Chulalongkorn University graduate student Varat Sivayyapram. Story: Chula Student Stumbles Into Lair of Burrowing Cliff Spiders


Pro-democracy activists gather Tuesday on the skywalk in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Center to mark the 11th anniversary of the 2006 coup. Story: Activists Stage Flash Protest on Anniversary of 2006 Coup


Ballet dancers perform before an orchestra rehearsing Kinari Suite, which was composed by HM King Rama IX, Wednesday at the National Theatre in preparation for his royal funeral.


Patlada Kulphakthanapat, Thailand’s contestant at November’s Miss World pageant in Sanya, China, shows off her evening dress Tuesday in Bangkok.


A foreigner points out a hole Sunday in the Paniet Chang Road intersection in Pattaya. Story: Concerned Man Points Out Perilous Pothole in Pattaya Road (Photos)


A woman rides an elephant in Ayutthaya-era garb Tuesday at the opening of a market in Ayutthaya province.


Pigs being rescued Monday at a farm in Phitsanulok after a levy collapsed. More than 50 animals drowned. Story: Tropical Storm Inundates Thailand, Kills 2 So Far (Photos, Videos)


Emergency officials rescue a grandmother and her two grandchildren Sunday after they were trapped by floodwaters for two days in Phitsanulok province. Story: Tropical Storm Inundates Thailand, Kills 2 So Far (Photos, Videos)


American pop rock group OneRepublic Thursday at a press conference before their concert in Bangkok.

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