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Thailand gets wet and wild for Songkran, air traffic controllers continue to nap, a British tourist beaten to death in Dubai and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:

Bangkok hosts record-breaking water fight
Yesterday, people all over Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar brought out buckets, hoses and water guns to participate in Songkran, the region's traditional new year. But few cities got as wet as Bangkok, which broke the Guinness World Record for the largest water fight, with almost 3,500 participants, the Telegraph reports. The new year is officially 13 to 15 April, but festivities last about a week.

Unfortunately, the new year hasn't been all fun and games - at least 116 people were killed and 1,760 injured in road accidents throughout Thailand on 11 to 13 April, the Bangkok Post reported. Many accidents were due to drunk driving, which is continues to be a serious problem during Songkran.

Another air traffic controller falls asleep
A medical plane carrying at least three people landed safely at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, no thanks to the air traffic controller, who had dozed off and was out of communication for 16 minutes, the BBC reports. This is the latest in a series of similar incidents in the last two months. In response to recent incidents of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, federal aviation officials have ordered an examination of staffing at airports throughout the US.

Dubai police beat British tourist to death
While on holiday in Dubai, Lee Bradley Brown, 39, was staying at the famous seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, but he was arrested within hours of his arrival over an altercation with a hotel chambermaid. He was taken to the notoriously brutal Bur Dubai police station, The Sun reports. After being stripped and handcuffed, he was pummelled with batons and fists and left for dead. Three days later, witnesses saw Brown's body taken away in a body bag.

The details are still hazy, but this is a harsh reminder that travellers to the United Arab Emirates must watch their behaviour carefully, because even seemingly minor laws can have serious consequences.

The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.

"In-flight Internet- blessing and curse. Majorly productive time, but can no longer sleep in-flight."

-@collazoprojects, managing editor of Matador Network.

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