Nang Songkran Beauty Contest

One of the main events organized during Songkran celebrations around Thailand is the Miss Songkran Beauty Contest. The one that I went to on Friday night was held at the municipal offices in Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan. It takes place every year and it is always fun to go and watch. Both male and female contestants were taking part and this is a picture I took yesterday of the two winners.

The contest is a good way to view 74 of the most beautiful women in Thailand. However, don’t go expecting a traditional Western type competition. The Thai girls are all dressed up in traditional clothes of this region and you won’t find a swimming costume category at all.

However, the beautiful Thai smile more than makes up for this. All of them did very well despite the long length of the competition and also the incredible heat. The minimum temperature on the night was 32 Celsius. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves at the gala dinner.

The winner of the contest took pride of place during the Songkran Parade that went along the streets of Phra Pradeng yesterday. It was one of the most beautiful and colourful Songkran parades in Thailand. I have posted many pictures over at

When I attend these events I always post updates on Twitter @RichardBarrow with live pictures and video. If you want to know what is going on in Thailand or discover new places as I find them myself, then I suggest you follow me @RichardBarrow.

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