One of the main events organized during Songkran celebrations around Thailand is the Miss Songkran Beauty Contest. The one that I went to last 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.
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 last night was 32 Celsius. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves at the gala dinner.
In case you were wondering, there was also a Mister Songkran Contest. However,the main interest of course was the beautiful girls who had far more grace and pose than these Thai boys. The winner of the contest will take pride of place during the Songkran Parade that will go through Phra Pradeng streets on Sunday.