Thailand Kite Festival 2010, Coloring the Sky

Thailand Kite Festival 2010

Thailand’s 11th annual international kite festival will be held March 13th-14th this year at Mrigadayavan Palace , Naresuan Camp , Amphoe Cha-am , .  Festivities will be held from 9am to 9pm each day.

Kite flying has a long and distinguished reputation in Thailand, since the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods among the royalty as well as ordinary people. However, the Royal Household’s law forbade that no one could fly a kite over the palace; otherwise, punishment by law would be enforced. Although I can’t find a reference to the specified punishment I would bet at the very least you would lose your kite and kite flying privileges for a while.

Thailand Kite Festival 2010The Chula-Pakpao kites were created in the Ayutthaya period and the competition had been held until the Rattanakhosin period. King Rama ll was fond of Chula kite fighting with the Pakpao kite of his brother. Westerners compared the Chula kite as a male and Pakpao kite as a female, which was similar to the Thai social value in that period that males dominated female. Kite flying was also the most popular sport in king Rama IV, kite flying at Sanam Luang inside the Dusit Palace, and had a kite flying competition held at Dusit Palace in 1856, where he presided over himself. In the reign of King Rama VI, kite flying was restored as a sport and Phraya Phirom PhaKdi organized a kite flying competition at Sanam Luang. After World war II, the Siam Sport Club held an annual kite flying competition.

The tourism authority of Thailand held the first international kite festival in 1989 and has held the festival every year since then, although in many different arenas from Pattaya to this years event in Phetchaburi province at the Mrigadayavan Palace. The site this year was chosen due to it’s capacity to accommodate many tourists and competitors.

Among the many colorful and beautiful kites being flown the festival will also consist of the many folowing events.

4 regions Thai Kite Flying Shows

International Kite Flying Show

International Night Flying Show

Demonstration and exhibition of Thai Kites

Demonstration of the Chula- Pakpao Kite Fighting

Competition and demonstration of Stunt Kite

Fast kite Flying Contest

Fighting Kite Show

Flat Kite Contest

Invention of creative kites

Kite stall Contest

Kite street market and clinic

Art for children

Thailand international kite festival 2010

As well as kite events there will also be a parachute show, a radio controlled airplane show and competition, tours through Mrigadayavan Palace and an energy saving car rally. As with any Thai festival there will be plenty of food and handicraft booths everywhere to keep you occupied as well. This annual event is really one not to be missed and definitely one of the more colorful events of the year.

Below is the official Tourism Authority video showing the kite festival through the years which should give you an idea of the fun in store for you. And for more information on upcoming events in Thailand please check out the Thailand Events Calender.

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6 Comment(s)

  1. Talen, that looks to be a beautiful event, and I’ll do my best to check it out. My camera doesn’t take great long distance photos, but I’m sure to be able to sneak up on one or two kites on the ground.

    During kinder plus years I lived in Japan. It’s another country with a long kite flying history.

    We’d all spread out in fields, where I’d watch the big people guide their strings.

    Of course, big people back in those days meant anyone over 8 years old.
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Seven Tips for Learning the Thai Language =-.

    Catherine | Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Cat, this is truly one event I am saddened to miss this year. But you can bet next year I won’t be missing it. If you do go take lots of pics and share them with us.

    Talen | Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. I have Khun Pissout this Sunday (we are headed to the Red Shirt rally), so I’ll ask him to detour to the kites (there are always lots of detours during the rallies).
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Seven Tips for Learning the Thai Language =-.

    Catherine | Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

  4. At the same time the first World Cup in Kite Surfing takes place in Hua Hin – if you love big kites worth a visit! The world’s best kiters are in town from March 14th onwards.

    Details here:
    .-= BangkokDan´s last blog ..A Pointless Reminder =-.

    BangkokDan | Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. Talen I used to do a bit of kite flying with my brother when we were kids. Nowadays I don’t see any youngsters flying kites in my hometown and that’s surprising because there are a fair amount of Asians living here.

    In Wilai’s village I’ve seen a couple of youngsters flying them and it’s a great hobby. Cheap, challenging and good exercise in getting it flying in the first place.

    I am led to believe kite flying is known as tak wow in Thai, although that’s probably very bad spelling. I was also told that a man ‘pleasuring’ himself goes by the same name. Apparently the wrist actions are the same in kite flying and *******.

    The event at Amphoe Cha-am is guaranteed to be spectacular and colourful.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thailand’s Scarecrows and Black Holes =-.

    Martyn | Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. Martyn, I don’t know why we stopped flying kites but it was definitely one of the more enjoyable pastimes of my youth…well that and err…Anyway I’m bettin Chuck Wow is the answer to this riddle and he is surely lurking around here somewhere ;)

    Talen | Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

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