Thailand's colourful kite-flying season -- virtually the national sport for youngsters -- has just opened in Bangkok.
Thailand's colourful kite-flying season -- virtually the national sport for youngsters -- has just opened in Bangkok. Every weekend for the next two months, young kite enthusiasts will be flocking to the park in front of the capital's Emerald Buddha Temple.
It's brief season, because Bangkok's two-month cool period is the only time with enough wind for kite flying. But like other sports, it can be highly competitive -- with enthusiasts engaging in duels. It also means big business for the kite makers.
SYNOPSIS: Kite-flying is virtually a national sport in Thailand. It's an odd choice, because the country enjoys an almost wind-free tropical climate. But for two months of the year, starting in February, the winds blow during the cool season. In Bangkok, enthusiasts flock to the park in front of the Emerald Buddha Temple. For the kite-makers, too, it's brief season. But as long as it lasts their product is in big demand.
Pictures of Batman and other schoolboy heroes decorate many of the kites. And like other sports, kite-flying can be highly competitive. Kites of ferocious appearance are used for fighting duels, the winner being the one more expertly manipulated by its young owner. For as long as the cool spell last, the kites will continue to soar in colourful displ??? over Bangkok.