Top Thai News Photos for 2006

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(1) Miss International Queen 2006
Mexico’s Erica Andrews (C) with Ratravee Jiraprapakul (L) of Thailand and Patricia Montrecarlo of the Philippines (R) after being crowned Miss International Queen 2006 in the Thai resort city of Pattaya, about 150 km (93 miles) southeast of Bangkok October 28, 2006. Transvestites and transgender males from all around the world participated in the third running of the world’s biggest transsexual beauty contest. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

(2) Miss Tiffany’s Universe in Thailand

Ratravee Jirapraphakul (R) reacts after winning the Miss Tiffany’s Universe transvestite contest as runner-up Sophananat Utomkul stands with her, in the Thai resort city of Pattaya, about 150 km (93 miles) southeast of Bangkok May 20, 2006. Thirty contestants entered the contest this year, which aims to promote a positive transvestite image internationally. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

(3) Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)

REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

(4) Crown Prince of Bhutan

In this photo released by Thailand Public Relations Department, Bhutan’s Crown Prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrives at a airport in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, June 11, 2006. Handsome and well-mannered, the Crown Prince of Bhutan has become the talk of Thailand. Women have swooned over the bachelor prince’s shiny, neatly combed hair and easy smile. Front pages have featured him as ‘Prince Charming,’ and a poll named him the most popular of all 25 royals who visited Thailand this month to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 60th anniversary on the throne. (AP Photo/Thailand Public Relations Department)


(5) Police seize smuggled pangolins

An endangered pangolin that was smuggled into Hong Kong in April 2005. Thai police have seized 76 pangolins destined for southern China and arrested four smugglers. In Thailand smugglers pay 1,800 baht (48 dollars) a kilogram for the animals. Their meat is considered a delicacy in China and is also used in traditional medicines to treat ailments such as prostate cancer and asthma. (AFP/File/Mike Clarke)


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