With fresh winds and sunny weather, Hua Hin is the ideal beachside location to host a kite festival. Locals and international guests will show off their kite flying skills during this 3-day event. With the blue sky of Hua Hin as the backdrop, it is a visual delight to see the colourful kites of all shapes, types and sizes swimming in the wind.
What to expect:
It’s like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but on a smaller scale, has come to the relaxed seaside town of Hua Hin.
Dragons, lizards, sting rays, octopi battle it out in the sky. Twenty teams from all over the world will showcase their skills with kites in the shape of cartoon characters, animals, and geometric designs.
There will be traditional Thai kites – the Chula and Pakpao kites – that will be flying along side Batman and Superman kites.
There are food trucks, craft stalls, and handicrafts for sale. If you’re worried about the cost of food, you can bring a picnic.
It’s perfect for families who live in Hua Hin or are just visiting.
Try making a kite with your kids then flying it. For something completely different, but still related to aerodynamics, you can learn how to throw a boomerang.
Kite flying in Thailand: A video game in the sky
This event is much more than just Batman and Superman 3D kites. Kite flying in Thailand is a cultural event and important pastime. It has been a national sport that dates back over 700 years with fans and players from royalty to the everyday person taking part.
There’s a very interesting and extremely detailed article on sport of the Chula and Pakpao kites. The aim is to take down or capture as many of your opponents’ kites as possible. You can read more about the history, competition and rules here.
The designs of each type of kite are unique. The Chula is designed to almost harpoon the Pakpao, and the Pakpao is designed to lasso the Chula. The Pakpao kite is a simple and delicate diamond shape, the Chula is a little larger and resembles the shape of the starfish in Spongebob. The kites are traditionally made from starched cotton and bamboo. Your kids might be interested in story of the battle of the Thailand kites. It’s a unique perspective and window into a lesser known part of Thai culture.
March 23 – 25, 2018 (Fri – Sun)
Army Non Commissioned Officer School, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan https://email@example.com,99.9694426,1721m/data=!3m1!1e3
There seems to be two places listed in English as the venue. Here’s a link with the poster of the event with the location in Thai. Show this to your driver or ask at the hotel exactly where it is. In the past, it has been hosted on Cha-Am beach, but this year is different.
Entry is free
Hua Hin Kite Festival Extra Details:
Last year’s festival was from 10:00am to 8:00pm, but we couldn’t find any times for this year’s festival, so we are assuming it is around the same time. To be on the safe side, go just before lunchtime or in the afternoon. We also heard that different kites are flown on different days, so if you’re looking for something to do over the weekend, you could check out the festival over 2 days. It seems like there will be markets set up for the weekend, but not on the Friday. You could go Friday evening and then on Saturday or Sunday during the day.
It’s held in an open field and there might be limited shade, so bring sun protection gear.
If you have questions about the event, you can post them on the Facebook page for the event.
This is an annual event, so if you’ve missed this year’s, don’t worry add it your google calendar for next year.
The Hua Hin Kite Festival in 2019
We’ve tried to find info on the kite festival for 2019 but haven’t had any luck. Hua Hin Forum is always a great place to get the latest info on any event in Hua Hin. Maybe by now there are some details on this year’s kite festival.