April

SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

Songkran is the celebration of the Thai New Year on 13 to 15 April. Those Bangkokians who don't head home for the holiday observe traditional rites such as Buddha images being 'bathed' and monks and elders receiving the respect of younger Thais through the sprinkling of water over their hands. Travellers tend to become thoroughly immersed in one mega-waterfight or another. The biggest are organised shows at Th Khao San (p130) and Patpong (p137), where you can arm yourself with a high-calibre water gun and go beserk. Don't carry anything you don't want to get wet.

MISS JUMBO QUEEN CONTEST

With fat trends creeping across the globe, Thailand hosts a beauty pageant for extra-large (over 80kg) women who display the grace of an elephant at Nakhon Pathom's Samphran Elephant Park.

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