Thai astrologers predict an “abundant” harvest season after a pair of sacred white oxen munched on grass and rice, and slurped water, in an annual ritual watched over by newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praises the show of “unity” at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation on Monday.
Thailand’s newly-crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn praises a show of “unity” at his first public address on the final day of an elaborate coronation, speaking to a sea of supporters and witnessed by the head of the junta that has led the divided country since a coup in 2014.
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned with a golden-tiered headpiece, the highlight of an elaborate three-day coronation ceremony two years after he ascended the throne. IMAGES
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s long-time consort becomes his fourth wife, bestowed with the title Queen Suthida – a surprise move just days before his coronation.
Netflix has agreed to team up with the makers of “Crazy Rich Asians” for a production based on the gripping real-life rescue of the “Wild Boars” football team from a flooded Thai cave.
Military men in colourful hats carry a gilded palanquin through Bangkok’s old quarter in a dress rehearsal for the royal procession of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s coronation — a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle marked by pomp and ancient tradition. The royal coronation of the 66-year-old monarch will run from May 4-6 and is considered the most important event of the year in Thailand.
Elephants with hearts and flowers painted on their bodies spray water at revellers celebrating Thailand’s traditional new year, in an annual event which has animal protection groups crying foul over animal cruelty.
Three divers who helped rescue a Thai football team last year have made a fresh discovery in Vietnam where they explored a tunnel that could expand the footprint of the world’s largest cave.
As sea waters slowly rise around his temple and his neighbours flee inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refuses to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country’s fast-eroding coastlines.