Thai festivals you shouldn't miss! Most festivals depend on the lunar calendar, so the date varies from year to year. Verify the right dates with for example the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Traditional Thai Games & Sports Festival

This festival is organised to preserve the local traditional sports and games. It features combat sports with swords and sticks, Thai boxing, takraw (like football with a straw ball) and kites. The kite competition (kite chula) is my favourite. It has been popular since the reign of Rama IV and at this time of the year it is windy enough to play. Huge kites, handled by groups of people, are hunting down smaller kites. This is quite an exciting sight. Besides the competition, plenty of kites for sale and space to play around by yourself. [March, Bangkok, Sanam Luang]

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