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Time to get wet in Bangkok again

Gays from around Asia and the world have flocked to the Thai capital to enjoy the annual water fights and other celebratory events
Bangkok's 'Water Festival' in mid-April has become an annual pilgrimage for many gays

It is the Songkran festival again in much of Southeast Asia, but Thailand has easily stolen the spotlight from its neighours.

With maximum temperatures topping 95°F (35°C) at the hottest time of the year in Bangkok, it is only natural that people are happily getting into wet and wild water fights, which originated as a way to pay respect to people and also mark the traditional Thai New Year.

Bangkok, the LGBT capital of Asia, has seen 'an influx of fags', who are making 'the annual gay pilgrimage', as Malaysian Alexander Chai put it.

Another guy from Singapore uses ‘meat galore’ to describe how there is no ‘no need for apps’, when ‘it’s like gay everywhere’. And an event he goes to is so much fun that people ‘spray sweat to each other, not water or flour’.

Back home, other gays not lucky enough to be on the spot moan about getting stuck at home. Indonesian Ronald Kartadinata wonders whether there would be less traffic in Jakarta when ‘almost all the gay guys’ have left for Songkran.

In Taipei, gay bars and gym rooms are reportedly virtually deserted over the weekend, while gays complain about the flood of Facebook posts on the festival, just days after the global tour by local gay icon A-Mei dominated the social networking website.

Every now and then, revellers in Bangkok get a little bit too excited. A man was caught molesting foregin women on Khao San Road and the picture of him wearing a sign reading 'I love to touch women's breasts' went viral on Twitter.

An unconfirmed tweet on how some gays were seen dragging a guy into a small quiet street at Silom Songkran on Friday night (13 Apr) was also widely spread.

While the Bangkok Songkran Splendours Festival is ending today (15 Apr), those desperate to have a taste of water splashing festivities this year can still go to nearby Chonburi and Samut Prakan.

A video showing Silom, which has a popular gay area:

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