The Thailand may be the only country where kite-flying has been turned in to a sport. The rules used today were formulated in 1905 under the auspices of King Chulalongkorn.|
The kites used are called the chula (male) and the pak-pao (female). The chula is, of course, large, stronger and has a thicker string. It is star-shaped, measuring about five feet across. The pak-pao is much smaller, square, with a long tail. It has barbs to catch
the chula and a loop to lasso over the points of the star-shaped kite.
The object of the game is for the pak-pao to snare the chula and force it to the ground. The chula can win by causing the pak-pao to lose control, perhaps
by tangling the string and pulling it into chula territory. The fighting manoeuvers require physical strength, lightning reactions, and much practice.
Contests are held from mid-February until May or June in the sky above Sanam Luang or the Phramane Ground, near the Grand Palace, in Bangkok. Reclining chairs are available for spectators.